Makers Corner: Rhea Calloo

This Saturday 21 September is our next makers market! In the run up to market day, we like to introduce the talented makers and designers who make these markets possible. Read on to find out more about our newest maker, local Rhea Calloo.

What is your link to Tottenham?

I was born here and grew up in Tottenham just like my parents did, I’m incredibly proud of my area.

What inspired you to became a maker and what is your designing process?

I’ve always been creative. I’ll get an idea and sometimes I’ll spend four hours making it happen there and then, other times I’ll scribble it down and start putting the pieces together over time. My process with what I’m making now is a mix of both. I love to experiment with smaller pieces as well as sit and plan out bigger ones.

What is it like owning your own business and juggling multiple jobs?

I’m still figuring things out in the very early stages and trying to get everything to work around my day job. I work hospitality mainly for football events and sometimes it can be difficult to balance getting enough hours to both earn enough money and create things. Also hospitality work can be exhausting so some days i’ll come home with the intention of crafting in the evenings only to fall fast asleep after dinner!

How are your products sustainable?

I like reusing a lot of things… to the point where I really struggle to throw things away! It started with the galaxy bottles and jars where I started with alcohol bottles and food jars. I now also reuse the pots from fancy desserts made from glass and ceramics to make my succulent pots as well as some other ideas I have.

After a long day designing and making, what do you do to switch off and relax?

I’m really into video games, always have been so that’s what you’ll usually find me doing whilst trying to wind down. Like most people I also watch quite a bit of television too, I’m in the middle of watching all 20 seasons of Law and Order: Special Victims Unit from the very beginning.

Can you tell us what is it like juggling your passion whilst holding down a day job?

I’m lucky that my job is very flexible so if I really need to I’m able to take some time off to either relax and recharge or power through some craft projects.

What challenges have you faced?

My main challenges at the moment is keeping my craft area organised and functional. My desk constantly looks like a warzone. I did also very recently get diagnosed with ADHD which may also contribute towards that but I’m always on the lookout for clever storage solutions.

What is your Christmas prep tip as a maker?

Be that weirdo that starts preparing way too far in advance. You get to both spread the cost and avoid that insane rush towards the finish line as the holiday season approaches. Buy all those discounted seasonal items/materials in January, pick up/make gifts throughout the year and any other time/money-saving strategies you can think of.

Can you impart a few words of wisdom to inspire?

Don’t force yourself to stay positive. Feel all your emotions, accept them as part of the process and keep it moving regardless. We’re all humans capable of mistakes, none of them will cause the world to end but all of them are an opportunity to learn.

Rhea Crafts – Instagram

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