Creatures at Diverse Gifts, Brixton

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 ūüėČ

RunnyCustard Makes creatures at Diverse Gifts, Brixton

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)

Diverse Gifts on Twitter

390 Coldharbour Lane
London
SW9 8LF

Open Mon-Sat 10am-7pm, Sun 11.30am-6pm

Diverse Gifts, Coldhabour Lane, Brixton

New Makers Market in Tulse Hill

New Makers Market in Tulse Hill

The Hub

(formally the James Wilson Coffee Shop)

As I’ve mentioned in a previous blog post (briefly), I’m part of a new makers market in Tulse hill.

It’s being organised by Lorraine Duncan¬†otherwise known as @knitwizzneedles¬†who also runs a¬†community knitting and crochet group on Wednesdays – you can visit her google page here.

so far there are several Rock Paper Scissors London group members who sell at L’Arche in West Norwood and at the Coffee Shop itself but there are also others who sell Skin Care items, hearty food and children’s clothing, toys, wall art, home decoration and weird creatures (mine) and I usually have a few other items that I make so please pop along if you can :-)

They are open to new makers as a few didn’t make it and we need more to help give a good range of work by locals for locals (and anyone who wants to visit :-D)

Here’s a few photos I took of the 2nd market which was my first – the next makers market will be on the 6th June – I will add more photos to the gallery (click on images to visit) after each market so I hope to be able to show a whole range of work.

I just had a small table as it was my first go and I need more practice ūüėÄ

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Sally Durrans – Ceramics feature large double glazed work and smaller pieces that even kids love.

Sally Durran's ceramics cover a wide range of work from large to small items that kids love to.

Lorraine Duncan (knitwear/textiles) and Sally Durrans (ceramics) play around before opening up the Market

Lorraine Duncan (Knitter & Organiser) and Sally Durrans (ceramics)

Nicolette’s handmade children’s clock and a selection of jewellery

Nicolette's Handmade children's clocks

Lovely Handmade Dresses

Wonderful children's wear.

¬†Sue Debo’s has some hot and cold¬†food on offer including a¬†vegetarian option.

Sue Dabo - Porkies vegetarian option - meat option was Pulled Pork

You can visit each makers websites by following these links:

Nicolettes РFacebook page here Jewellery & handmade/painted character clocks

Lorraine Duncan РTwitter: @knitwizzneedles & google page here. Knitter/Crochet group and maker.

Sally Durrans –¬†sallydurrans.wordpress.com¬†– ceramics

Sue Dabo –¬†@PorkiesBH¬† –¬†Roast Meats & Savouries Specialists, Home Delivery, Markets, Events & Festivals.

To Huy¬†@ToHuyTran¬†Sew Unique Children’s clothing¬†Designer and Maker of children’s clothing and handmade handbags and anything knitted or sewn.

More Makers will be joining each month as we grow!

 

Making Posters and Websites for Local Communities

Making Posters and Websites for Local Communities

I’ve not blogged for awhile yet I feel that I have because I’ve been doing it elsewhere!

I’ve started a private forum for Rock Paper Scissors – London Members and a website – very early days on the website so only 4 members so far –¬†more to be added soon.

I made a simple website for The Stitch in West Norwood (hosted at L’Arche and these are all through the Lambeth Council ‘The Open Works‘).

We made a banner for the Bzz Garage featuring little dry needle felted Bees and lots of crafty floral items – I made the central Bee which I’m rather pleased with (not the text part) – the first version went horribly wrong though.

Some of the 'Stitchees' putting the banner together

Some of the ‘Stitchees’ putting the banner together

I have also been taking photographs for them as helping out so for someone who is unemployed I’ve been busy!!

I’ve spent today (besides applying to jobs) have been making up some posters that could be used as a fundraiser for The Stitch who will be selling items made by the ‘stitchees’ at The Feast at St Luke’s Church – West Norwood¬†on the 7th June 2015.

The Feast - first Sunday of each month (April to December)

The Feast – first Sunday of each month (April to December)

The Stitch Bzz Garage Banner

The Stitch Bzz Garage Banner (it’s huge & I need to take a better photo!)

Fundraiser Poster Ideas…

Using the Stitch logo I’ve made a poster – vector with textures added and a little ‘light painting’ to give the sewing machine some depth.

The Stitch poster design four colour versions

 

These are some other versions of possible poster designs… think I like the yellowish background on the above to feature on the ones below… !?The Stitch Poster Design

I had a go at using the above image to make some repeat patterns…

The Stitch - repeat pattern making...

Caroline Hands – Painter & Mixed Media Artist

I’m also helping a lifelong traditional painter with all her work and photography – helping her learn Lightroom and to create her own greeting cards and to aid her creation of a¬†book that shows her¬†travels and the artwork she has produced¬†throughout her long international career –¬†you can view her work, and video created by the R&A collaborations¬†at Caroline Hands¬†

She also creates Batiks and large Copper artworks such as these – love them!

Caroline Hands Copper Plates

Caroline Hands Copper Plates

 

Rock Paper Scissors Artist Collective – version 2

Rock Paper Scissors Artist Collective – version 2

I’ve mentioned that I am part of the Rock Paper Scissors group of Artist and Handmade crafters who are members of The Open Works and Makerhood Lambeth.

In November 2014 we started at L’Arche (next to St Luke’s Church in West Norwood) with 20 members selling their designs, artwork and craft items which went rather well.

This will continue in February with a few new people but the project has expanded and now there is a version 2!

RPS 2 is the James Wilson Cafe (name subject to change):

RunnyCustard: Rock Paper Scissors 2 at James Wilson Cafe Tulse Hill and RPS 2 (SE27) at James Wilson Cafe, Tulse Hill, London
RPS 2 (SE27) at James Wilson Cafe, Tulse Hill, London
There is a plan to rename the cafe (public vote or competition?) and redecorate as it still looks like a Letting Agents!
It is a community space for workshops, meetings, freelancers, lone home workers and more… so including local makers and artists helps the community support each other. (free Wifi!)

Some Suggestions made so far are:

  • Creative workshops
  • Exhibition
  • Event music etc
  • Saturday makers market
  • Holistic therapies

The Window Display in the window.
The makers are also helping with the workshops so go check out The Open Works website to find out more.  http://www.theopenworks.org/rock-paper-scissors
RPS 2 (SE27) at James Wilson Cafe, Tulse Hill, London

The Cafe also has a website: http://www.jameswilsoncoffee.co.uk/

Here’s a few more images – more handmade/artwork is to be added soon and an official ‘launch’ in a few weeks time – I will update with more information when I can! click on the slideshow to see them on my main website.

Feast Winter Lights – West Norwood

Feast Winter Lights – West Norwood

Rock Paper Scissors – The Open Works, Makerhood Lambeth and L’Arche Collaboration.

Some of the Rock Paper Scissors makers collective decided to take part in the local Feast Winter Lights Market which is St Luke’s in West Norwood – Feast are a huge market that feature makers, artist and food stalls over several sites in the area¬†and had their final end of year Feast day last Sunday.

Agnes and Betty behind our stall

The Local MP, Dame Tessa Jowell opened the Winter Lights celebration with Father Christmas ūüôā and featured carols, mulled wine, hot food, kids activities and even L’Arche had their own dance troop!

Dame Tessa Jowell and Father Christmas open the fair

you can view my other images here:

 

I featured my prints which you can find in L’Arche tomorrow and next week Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday will be the last day… I also sell at Diverse Gifts, Coldhabour Lane, Brixton but, I also made some toys… my current favourite are the ‘Cat’s in Pants’…

two characters I made and one sold straight away - Bob (the dark version) is loved by many yet no home for him yet!

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Rock Paper Scissors – Makers Collective

Rock Paper Scissors – Makers Collective

A little update on the Rock Paper Scissors Art Collective Shop that L’Arche, Makerhood and The Open Works have organised.

In their own words…

  • Rock Paper Scissors is a new box shop at L’Arche in West Norwood. (to the left of St Luke‚Äôs Church).Discover a curated collection of quality handmade products by a group of local makers.
  • Rock Paper Scissors is a new collective box shop helping residents test trade to grow their retail ideas. The shop was set up as a partnership between Open Works, Makerhood and L’Arche in West Norwood.
  • The shop is full of locally made and curated products from 25 makers, who are running the shop together as a group. L’Arche also have their own range of products, including pieces made in their own workshop.
  • Come and visit – find out more about the project and how you can get involved, meet the makers, and get some early Christmas shopping done!
  • Open Hours –¬†¬†5-8pm on Wednesday and Thursday evenings and all day Saturday and Sunday Feast Days.
  • Follow them on Facebook and¬†on¬†Twitter¬†at @RPS_SE27¬†for details of their¬†upcoming launch and future events.

How Much is that Cat in the Window?

I sneaked in my cat plush toy – my other products are photographic (prints, framed, cards, cushion covers and jewellery) but I thought this little guy might bring in the customers ūüėȬ†¬†(Instagram pic)

Cat toy in L'Arche London UK & RPS shop in West Norwood

West Norwood’s Christmas Tree will go up the first week of December and there will be a children’s workshop to make decorations – I will update when I find out more – the proposed date at the moment is the 30th November.

Rock Paper Scissors London

We are still tweaking things and plan to create some posters and have an official launch day that will feature CAKE!!! YAY.

RockPaperScissors.SE27 on Facebook

Caught in the act of faffing with the window display ūüôā¬†(Instagram pic)

Tweaking the window display at L'Arche London UK & RPS

 

The Franglaise Mummy Website has featured an article on ‘Feeling Good About Christmas Shopping’ and have mentioned Rock Paper Scissors.

 

 

Click below to view the Photos I took on the first day of setting up the shop.