Poster created by Agnès Baumont/The Right Stuff Vintage.
YES! L’Arche and Rock Paper Scissors London are relaunching their shop in West Norwood next Thursday and we would love you to come for wine and nibbles… yum!
We may still be knee deep in paint, wood shavings and tools we are determined to be up and running whilst looking as stylish as possible.
Here’s some more photos of our refurb – L’Arche staff member Paul who also runs the Garden and lots more is a very handy man and is literally building shelving and the displays himself whilst a few RPS members faff about with paint ;-P
Note: this blog post is a copy of the RockPaperScissorsLondon.co.uk blog post as I run both so I’m allowed!
Paul sorting emails as he still have to work whilst painting and building shelving!
We even roped in Aiden who had some spare time between meetings – did you know that L’Arche have been in that building for 40 years (L’Arche will be celebrating their 50th year soon!) and Aiden is the person raising funds to help improve their entire building as there are a few damp spots and crumbling bits so the place will be decorated again but it could be a few years before they have raised enough funds to do so.
Aiden & Elaine sorting the little office ready to have the holes filled and painted.
So pleased that Paul has organised a new carpet… can’t wait to see that installed… here’s a reminder of the old one… ick…
new carpet soon! thankfully. we had to fill in some holes in the floor and used some spare RPS leaflets to cover them otherwise people stepped in them!
So please come and visit us to say hi and have a nose at the new shiny white space on Thursday 1st October from 6pm – wine and nibbles (think there is some home baked goodies too!) included 😀
update: 30th September…
Apparently, there are shelving units that hate being painted and repeatedly tries to repel it even after a coat of primer… gargh!
The night before the launch and we think that we will have it fairly presentable if still needs work afterwards we think the wine, cakes, cakepops, snacks, nibbles and healthy stuff will make up for it 😀
Here’s some more photos and we have lots to do in the morning to be ready at 6pm!
Paul drilling holes and Laura painting – me… faffing with my camera!
it does look nicer than before!
I’ve never thought of wearing a hat to paint but it’s a good idea – I tend to get paint all over me!
Paul who works for L’Arche declared he doesn’t actually like DIY… we all stared at him as he was the one that volunteered to do all the work… and has proceeded to do most of the work!
… Jam, Cake and Tea
Some photos taken at the L’Arche Open Garden on Saturday 5th September 2015.
Music, Tea and Cake – plus some lovely smelling fresh waffles 😀
Love the shape of this…
I’m terrible at naming plants and flowers so I hope to find out more soon.
The Rock Paper Scissor London members and the staff at L’Arche London will be redecorating the shop/foyer of the West Norwood branch.
We start this weekend – 29th August and hope to get most of the work done over the bank holiday and following week.
We plan to have a relaunch VIP party on the 1st October so please keep an eye for that as we will have wine, nibbles and cake – yay!
A huge thank you to the following people for their contributions:
Ivana on twitter @ivanabasicactor – responded to my tweet for paint donations and dropped of some white paint and a couple of brushes
Wayne from West Norwood Bzz Garage – responded to our Facebook plea and will supply us with five pots of white paint.
Anita from Diverse Gifts gave us some very long floating shelves to use and went to great lengths (no pun intended) to get them which included emptying her whole storage unit as the shelves were at the bottom and back (isn’t it always!!!) and then helped me wheel them on a trolley down from Brixton Hill to her shop in torrential rain – then she took the trolley back up the hill (had dodgy steering) and I then took the shelves home – a 15 minute walk turned into an hour of pigeon steps, lots of breaks and several buckets of sweat (ick). Which I had to do twice as I can’t carry 5 of those shelves in one go – I have to go back in the morning for the last small version – I spent the rest of the evening lying on my sofa until midnight when I actually started to do the other things that needed to be done. (one being this blog post!)
I am not carrying them to West Norwood!
We could do with some carpet but I’m guessing we are too late for that! hint hint
Before photos of the shop area:
I will be taking photos during and after
Lambeth Country Show 2015
I managed to pop along to the Lambeth Country Show as I knew that L’Arche were having a stall and The Stitch group had entered the West Norwood Bzz Garage banner into a competition at the show.
I didn’t find either I did bump into several Rock Paper Scissors London – Art & Handmade Collective members and the Tulse Hill Makers Market stall holders were at the Tree Shepherd tent.
Is it just me or does that slide look scary?
Spinning the wool right off the back of a sheep – not really but this lady was showing an entranced little girl how wool yarn was made straight from the sheep to then being made into clothing or toys!
This sheep shearer knew how to make everyone laugh!
A historic fire engine!
The South London Samba group were brilliant and even made me want to dance!
Chair weaving with… are those golfing tees?
Kids are so lucky… in my day you just rolled your body down a hill and ended up with bruises everywhere and, if you were lucky not covered in dog poop!
I do love wispy clouds!
I went on one of these not that long ago but it was the one on the South Bank and was enclosed in a plastic shell – the only breeze was on your feet – not the same at all!
I’ve added some of my handmade creatures to Diverse Gifts on Coldharbour Lane in Brixton so go check them out and feel free to offer them a home 😉
The website has been made but not yet live – I’ve nagged Anita to start it up but in the meantime you can visit the facebook page and twitter!
Diverse Gifts on Twitter (click image to visit)
390 Coldharbour Lane
Open Mon-Sat 10am-7pm, Sun 11.30am-6pm
I am part of the Rock Paper Scissors London Collective which consists of a mix of talents and skills – some are new to selling and some sell in various shops and markets.
I’m new to selling at markets so it’s great to be able to share with others rather than brave a market on my own.
(This is a copy of the blog post on the RPSLondon website – which I set up and tend to run)
RPSLondon shared with Handmade Palace stall holders (which we hope to do more of) at the South Norwood Community Festival.
The day started off with rain and many stalls didn’t turn up but the sun came out and most of us went home burnt!
Whilst most people enjoyed the music, sunshine and the rather nice breezes, the stall holders had to cling to their work to stop it flying away. I ended up trying to stop the sides from bashing into Bill’s photographic work from flying off the hooks.
Here’s the ladies standing still and NOT pole dancing!!!
Here’s Rock Paper Scissors shared table
Uchie a RPS member (Jewellery) had her own stall
Mandy is a RPS member (painted pots/plants) too and sells at HandMade Palace in Crystal Palace most weeks.
Here’s a few photographs of the day (the sunny part!)
(click on the images to visit the main gallery – 22 images
Website – click images to visit
(scroll down for travel/map and web links!)
I’m slowly splitting my craft/makes into a separate entities but I still sell both types of work at markets – I do like to overcomplicate things for myself 😉
I will be RunnyCustard & RunnyCustardMakes and will be taking a selection of oddball furry creatures as well as some illustration & photographic prints.
say Hi to this little dapper little Fella – his bow tie is a brooch so you can borrow it any time
Furry dude with jointed arms, needle felted eyelids – he loves a squish!
A furry little cat with felt eyelids & needle felted spotted tail
will have a few of these mini furry badges – these particular ones have sold but I do have more
My fellow Rock Paper Scissors London member is Elizabeth Tabi and she will be bringing a selection of her crochet and knitted accessories such as:
Bill from Bill Hull Photography will also with us and bringing a range of photographic prints, framed, unframed, of various sizes as well as greeting cards
Sunday, 5th July 2015 – 11am to 7pm
South Norwood Recreation Ground
South Norwood Community Festival is a free family event a few minute’s walk from Norwood Junction station.
This festival is for EVERYONE, it’s free, and it’s friendly. (quote from website)
The below map details the layout of this year’s Festival in South Norwood’s Recreation Ground, near Norwood Junction Train and Overground station. – map and transport info provided by South Norwood Festival website – click images to visit their website.
The park is 14 acres and has three entrances; the main entrance is on Cargreen Road, just 5 minutes from Norwood Junction Train Station. There are also seven main bus routes surrounding the park and there is parking in surrounding roads.
Buses: 196, 75, 197, 312, 130, 157, 410 & 468 (468 is 5-10 minutes walk)
Website – click images to visit
Market intelligence: the insider’s guide to street trading
A great meet up and we all had a natter afterwards!
Kate Greening of Venn Street Market in Clapam, who talked about selecting traders and the market’s ethos of ensuring high quality and fair prices while encouraging locally sourced and seasonal goods as well as, the history of the market and how it started.
Beth Mander, a Makerhoodie and ceramacist who runs Handmade Palace at Crystal Palace every week, talked about her experiences and giving her top tips for making the most of a market stall as well as how she started and created such a popular market place!
Giles from Herne Hill Market and Forum also popped in to talk about the Herne Hill Market and all about the community projects in the area – I really need to visit again – they run workshops on market days as well!
I took a couple of photos of the meetup which was at L’Arche (I think I spend most of my time in and around L’Arche nowadays) …
…not many as I hate to interrupt plus it means I miss out on making notes
I took many notes and I do hope to be able to consider doing some markets – they can be daunting but when you are with a group like Makerhood Lambeth and Rock Paper Scissors London you get a lot of encouragement and support which is fab for chickens like me
Upcoming Makerhood Members meet-up
Non-members are welcome and if you do decide to join during the meet-up you will get the meet-up fee back.
The speakers will be:
- Grace Ayanfalu, founder and director of Prim and Proper, a bookkeeping social enterprise and advisory service based in Lambeth
- Mark Johnson, who has over 20 years of experience in financial, legal and commercial management for corporates and small businesses in the creative and cultural sectors
When: Monday 6 July, 7.30-9.30pm
Where: Morley College, 61 Westminster Bridge Road, London SE1 7HT
Tickets are free to Makers’ Club members, £5 for non-members (£2.50 for Morley students). Please book through Eventbrite.
I woke up an old facebook page which used to be called ‘RunnyCustard’s Fluffy Bits’ and I’ve now renamed as RunnyCustardMakes and posted some up to date photos of the creatures that I’ve made, including this guy who I called Richard. (the photo shows Richard (cream coloured) with Bob!)
I was promptly asked if I could make another ‘Richard’ character which I did – this version had arms and as I though I’d let the new owner name him, I decided to give him the moniker ‘Richard’s Cousin’ – well, they do look alike!
He went off on his travels last week with a friendly little chap to keep him company and they were snug in a handmade drawstring bag.
I started making a new website just to feature the craft side of things which I hope to list the creatures to sell via that platform or you can always use Etsy if you prefer that site!
Here’s another little critter that needs a home – he’s currently at the L’Arche shop in West Norwood but let me know if you would like him posted to you
The Camberwell Arts is running a festival during the month June and I have submitted a piece for the Camberwell Open:
The Camberwell Open is a new art exhibition that aims to present a snapshot of creative practice from artists based in, or associated with Camberwell. This is going to be an exhibition where we plan to ‘hang the lot’ to truly present the spectrum of talent from across SE5
The exhibition will take place from 6th June to 28th June at Fusion Lifestyle, Artichoke Place, London, SE5.
There will be an opening evening private view on Friday 5th June for the artists and guests.
Silver Orbs of London
A1 Harman Crystal Jet mounted on 5mm Forex and laminated
You can view the other entries here
Available for sale.