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.
Caroline Hands – Mixed Media Artist
I’ve been helping the lifelong mixed media artist Caroline Hands with her digital photographs and archiving her work so I went to the open studio event at Second Floor Studios near Greenwich to see her work in the flesh – paintings and textiles look a lot different than a digital copy so it was fantastic to see her work on walls!
This is Caroline Hands in her studio wishing that I wasn’t taking her photo, in this room she paints and has her textiles, sketches, hand cut copper hats! Most of her canvases however were in a second studio along the corridor. Caroline will be moving both room contents into a larger studio in June.
Her work space doesn’t usually have wine and snacks, this was just for the open studio weekend. I’m assuming this to be the case!
Caroline talking to a gallery owner about her work featured in many publications.
she has also had her work featured on a book cover:
Lost in Wonder: Rediscovering the Spiritual Art of Attentiveness Paperback – 26 Oct 2012 – Esther De Waal
She has lived and exhibited in many places around the world, ran many workshops and events – her work spans textiles (she sold painted scarfs to Liberties!) Batiks, metal work, lino cutting/printing including this book:
The Kilpeck Anthology Book
and these large cropper plates which she cut and shaped herself … this is my particular favourite:
Where to find Caroline Hands Work
Caroline is based at Studio 7DE101 Second Floor Studios & Arts Main Office TW-27 Harrington Way London SE18 5NR Tel:
You can see more of her work on her website www.carolinehands.co.uk
And her Makerhood Makerhood.com Caroline Hands profile page
you can see Caroline’s Film on her website as well: created by R&A Collaborations ‘Making a Mark’:
Whilst working with her I find out such titbits that aren’t featured on her website, (most of the following is in her own words), such as
when she was 11 she was judged 5 out of thousands at Harrods by Augustus John with her picture of Noah’s Ark
Ran an enormous Fringe Festival of the world with the well known Three Choirs Choral Festival, 4 times!
Has had many artist in residence positions including residencies through the Ikon Gallery, Birmingham and helped with schools projects
Worked with a great deal of dancers across the world such as Chitraleka Bolar in Birmingham.
Has braved many travels with local buses and on foot on her own in many varied parts of the world – she has many photographs of her trips which we hope to put into a book!
Rages about injustice and celebrates the glorious mix of cultures around the world and in London
Stays humble in the face of nature and treasures our planet
Loves and craves for more time in Asia
Would probably lose herself in a love for Africa if she went !
Has not sold out true to her vision and love
Too crazily idealistic for her own good !
Is growing older but finds it impossible to contain her need to dance as soon as the rhythm celebrates inside of her
Working in the Arts takes dedication and hard work as well as a lot of energy which Caroline certainly has – I wish and hope I’ll become like that too!
Upcoming Exhibition Featuring Caroline Hands
AUTOCATALYTIC FUTURE GAMESOn a trajectory from Lascaux via aerosols, our bioaesthetic inheritance is cultivated beneath the inflated sun. An accretion of stenciled hands in the darkness, then a trillion painted surfaces.
A group exhibition. A variation of structured gestures and analogue procedures.
A compilation of paintings in 2015.
Paintings selected by each artist. Exhibition created and organised by playpaint
Robert Dowling / Ben Cove / Gordon Dalton / EC / Michael Stubbs / Chris Godber / Sharon Hall / Tom Banks / Graham Carrick / Kiera Bennett / Alaena Turner / Louisa Chambers / Mari Reijnders / Phil Illingworth / Selma Parlour / Mimei Thompson / Alison Pilkington / Charley Peters / Andrew Seto / Mel Carvalho / Alex Ball / Clare Price / Howard Dyke / Jessica Slater / Ross Walker / Rae Hicks / Gemma Cossey / Mandy Payne / Tamara Dubnyckyj / Tim Ellis / Maggie Hills / Greg Rook / Jonathan Parsons / Lucy Boyle / Simon Burton / Sarah Poots / Lisa Penny / Le Guo / Phillip Jones / David Ryan / Andy Harper / Sophia Starling / Marielle Hehir / Simon Bill / Hogan Brown / Andrea Medjesi-Jones / Clare Chapman / Dan Coombs / Tom Ellis / Marcus Cope / Andris Walds / Virginia Verran / Cathy Lomax / Ian Baker / Lothar Goetz / Shaan Syed / Peter Lamb / Caterina Lewis / Paul Manners / Stephanie Moran / James Connelly / Oliver Bancroft / Lee Marshall / Kate Warner / Katie Pratt / Jason Hawkridge / playpaint / Kirsten Reynolds / Marta Bakst / Alexis Harding / Ben Cottrell / Caroline Hands / Gary Andrew Clarke / Jules Clarke / Katrina Blannin / Matthew Hunt / Rachel Levitas / Rob Leech / Andrew Graves / Charles Williams / Hannah Knox / John Tiney / Philip Allen / Simon Haddock / David Oates / Tim Allen / Lizzie Lloyd / Alli Sharma / Alex Dipple
Preview: Wednesday 10th June 6.00 – 9.00 pm
Exhibition Open: 11th – 14th and 17th – 21st June 1.00 – 6.00 pm
Second Floor Studios & Arts
Contact / email@example.com
My first speed dating experience… thankfully it was with members of Makerhood and a skill share rather than the usual type of speed dating 😉
Meeting at the Impact Hub Brixton which is at the Lambeth Town Hall, which is a creative hub so the Makerhood team do meet there fairly often – I haven’t been for awhile as the Rock Paper Scissors group and The Stitch have kept me busy so it was nice to meet up with a few people I hadn’t seen for awhile.
Caroline Hands (mixed media artist) and Jenny of Inky Collective talk skills
Pam Williams (Illustrator) talks to Elisabeth of Dis Badeth!
Tendai of Quest4Success talks to Robyn of Archie Mac London
Karen in the background tries to keep time for members to switch seats but we all just talked over her! it was very interesting.
Jenny of Inky Collective talk skill sharing with Caroline Hands (Painter)
Upcoming Makerhood Members meetup
The next Makerhood Club Meeting (non-makers are welcome) next meeting is on the 6th May and headed by Gabriela Szulman you can find out more about Makerhood at http://makerhood.com/
Do you want to make sure that people can find you when searching for the type of product or service you sell? Are you already doing social media? There are lots of other techniques small businesses should consider to attract more customers, even on a budget. This class will help you understand the basics of two major digital marketing channels and how it can benefit your business. The class will be interactive so you can easily apply what you have learnt.
Bring one of the following:
Blog (or any other online post) about the class – you are looking at mine!
Design help – of what I ‘m not sure yet – will update afterwards.
Enthusiasm! I’m quietly enthusiastic 🙂
Nibbles or drinks for the class – yay, biscuits!
Your business card – always have those but tend to forget to give them out.
About the teacher, Vanessa Fullerton-Batten
Marketer with a digital focus, having worked for 15+ years in sales and marketing for different sized organisations from start-ups through to large corporations. Now run my own digital marketing company for small businesses, www.vfbmarketing.com. I’ve lived in West Norwood for the last 7 years.
James Wilson Coffee Shop
357 Norwood Road
London SE27 9BQ GB
The Open Works Trade School project
This is through The Open Works Trade School project – you can see a selection of their other projects here – click to visit and have a look yourself – they are generally free and some have a simple barter element but all in fun!
I’m part of The Stitch and several members are setting up a website which we hope to launch soon.
I’m also part of the Rock Paper Scissors collective and we have 2 venues L’Arche next to St Luke’s Church (where they hold the Feast Sunday) in West Norwood and the James Wilson Cafe in Tulse Hill (next to the train station – turn right!) and apparently there could be a 3rd option in Streatham 🙂
I fancy doing the clay version but I need to use some time in trying to find a job… work wanted 😀
The Open Works Trade School Projects Selection – click to visit page
They are ending this year long project soon but the individual projects will continue – there tends to be a crossover of people in them so there is still a link between them all which is great.
This was a project with Lambeth Council and they didn’t know if it would be successful and they plan to review/research the outcome over the next few months.
Personally I think it’s a great idea and it’s a shame I didn’t know about sooner – I found them through the Makerhood group – it’s so useful to have these links, I really wasn’t bought up with any type of community so I’m finding it interesting and hope it all continues!
Get feedback at our product surgery – Makerhood
The following evening I have a Makerhood meet up – ‘Get feedback at our Product Surgery’ Westow Hill near Crystal Palace park – which has also sold out of tickets (free to Makerhood Members & £4 to non-members).
Jane Doxey is a product design development and retail expert with years of experience as a buyer for companies including Liberty’s and Marks and Spencer’s. Jane also runs her own consultancy, Creative and Retail, which specialises in offering help to individuals and start ups who are just getting started.
Liz Clamp is the owner of Smash Bang Wallop, a shop in Crystal Palace that sells beautiful goods – from jewellery to accessories, cosmetics to candles, toys to homewares including products by local makers. Liz’s background is in fashion design, and she previously worked for Joseph and was a lecturer at London College of Fashion where she wrote a book on fashion marketing.
Think my brain will be overloaded again… oh well… 😉
In collaboration with The Open Works and Makerhood 26 Artist/Makers are selling their work at L’Arche in West Norwood.
L’ Arche own members create these fab candles which are for sale all year long – great for gifts and come in a range of sizes and colours.
They also sell cards, ornaments and other handmade items in workshops for local people with or without learning disabilities.
The Open Works
It’s free to join which I did just the other week 🙂
THE OPEN WORKS IS A LAMBETH COUNCIL PROJECT – they work with locals on ideas, projects, workshops (check out their tradeschool which is free to attend!)
Local Residents collaborating to build a sustainable future. (click image to visit their page)
click the image above to visit their website which will tell you all about their projects (Update 2015 – a report of the project is now available)
I’ve mentioned Makerhood several times before – I’ve just noticed that their website has been updated so please go check it out – only £25 for a years membership where you get the chance to attend lots of workshops, meet ups and support for your creative ideas. You don’t have to actually sell anything but maybe interested in turning your hobby or skills into a small side business or even go full time.
It does help to have others to talk to and just help you feel it’s a possibility rather than just a pipe dream!
It’s a small shop that has a workshop attached and they sell prints, cards, candles, wine glass cosies, stamps, toys, cushions, jewellery, clothing, stationary, bags, and more so great for the up coming Christmas season – they will be featuring the work up to Christmas but may also go on to January 2015.
My work on the top shelf and a few on the others… prints, cards, mini framed prints, and cushion covers (linen mix & cotton versions)
My jewellery & cushion (with pad) all hanging around on an antler!
Everyone loves the frog but it’s not for sale – it was hand dry needle felted with home spun fleece directly off a sheep… hand dyed too! The sale price would be huge for the amount of work involved.
how cute is this little guy! (made by the same person who created the frog above)
Making a Sale!!!
The shop is open on different days until different times – I will post that info up when I get told the exact opening times – the Artist / Makers will be selling the work on different days as well.
I will also blog about Makerhoodies who are featuring at the lovely Diverse Gifts (including me!) on Coldhabour Lane again this Christmas – the launch in this Thursday 6th November and there is a 10% discount on Makerhoodies work that day.
The Open Works
The Open Works kicked off their festival this weekend and I visited the launch of “The Stitch’ which was held at the L’ Arche Workshop (and shop) in which is on the Norwood High Street.
The Open Works believe that citizen’s imaginative ideas are the starting point.
I’ve got to hear about The Open Works from the Makerhood Organisation as they are joining forces for local people to sell their work through a pop up shop in time for Christmas and makers from both groups will feature – including me I hope 🙂
I would love to sew more and be able to learn tips from others and also share what I know too so to have something like this to go to seems fantastic – either courses are either too expensive or they are months away or I’ve just managed to miss signing up.
(it gets refreshed so sometimes lots of classes and other times they have yet to add new ones so sign up to their newsletter to keep in touch.
“The Stitch is a regular meet up of people who want to knit, sew, tailor, upholster and craft together. A chance to share and learn skills, swap tips and get inspiration for your next creation. Bring your projects, learn the basics, improve your techniques and enjoy stitching in the company of others.
Hosted by L’Arche Craft Workshop: 11-13 Norwood High Street
They will start with two dates and they will be trying to gauge the interest and best times/days to host it on – drop in between 5.30 – 8.30 on the 5th November & 25th November as it will be every two weeks at first.
I’m sure if many people turn up then more dates will be added and maybe every week too 🙂
I took some photos from the launch day and you can visit the album here – you can also see the ‘share’ button to link them onto your blog/social media websites.