Makers Corner: Frances Wood

In the lead up to our Spring Makers Market taking place on 2 -3 March, we have been sharing the amazing designer-makers who will join us at The Beehive Pub. Do take a few moments to read up on these amazing humans!

Today, we meet the lovely Frances Wood of Fran Wood.

What inspired you to become a maker?

I’ve loved art and design for as long as I can remember, especially print and pattern. Also I’ve been both a graphic and textile designer in the past. I wanted to find a creative outlet that would combine all the above elements and after doing a screen printing course in 2015, found the ideal process. After this I set up Fran Wood Design as an outlet to promote and sell my pattern inspired screen prints.

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Can you please share with us where you get your inspiration?

I start by collecting images that inspire me. I use Pinterest as an online scrapbook to collate these. As well as this I take photos when I’m out and about and have a collection of art/design books.

And the very obvious next question, what is the design process?

My designs always start out as sketches/ideas inspired by my collections and I have lots sketchbooks filled with many ideas! Once I’m completely happy with a sketch, I produce a final image based on it. I often hand cut this from paper and complete it in Photoshop, making it into a PDF format ready for exposing to a silk screen. I then hand print the design onto paper and/or fabric products at home on the kitchen table. 

Twitter and Instagram: @franwooddesign

CraftyNoLo Spring Makers Market

Although the Beast from the East might have delayed our Spring Market by two weeks, come rain, shine, snow, sleet, harsh winds, cold and the mini Beast, we pushed ahead.

On Saturday 17th March, the stunning art deco hotel, Green Rooms, opened its doors to the Crafty North Londoner Spring Makers Market and welcomed 30 London based designers and makers, many of which are Haringey based residents.

We had makers selling items from home decorations and furnishings, to kids wear and glass jewellery, to surface designers and fabulous prints, and ethically sourced accessories and hand carved kitchen utensils. The quality was of the highest standard and no one left disappointed.
Take a look at  some photos of the day below.

 


Crafty North Londoner would like to thank all the amazing makers and our dedicated local community who came out to show support for local makers, despite the fact it snowed continuously all day. Every single one of you are truly amazing!

Next market will take place on June 30th, T on the Green/The Pavilion, Bruce Castle Park, N17 8NJ. Please register your expression of interest here.

Please do follow us on Twitter and Instagram using the handle @craftynolo for updates.

Featured images:

Brush & Botany

Second-Handmade

Row 1: Minor Fragment, Brush & Botany, dmLDNcraft, Design With Flair

Row 2: Hatchling Makes, Arganic Beauty, Global Earthware, Mandy Treptow

Row 3: Second-Handmade, Shika Accessories, Witty Ditty Designs, Geo Fun Design

Row 4: Keské, Samantha Parker London, Crafted On Water, Pink Mushroom Designs

June 23rd TGGT Summer Makers Market & Garden Party!!!

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Preparations are well underway and boy do we have  great lineup instore for you!

Our designers and makers have been handpicked especially for you. They exhibit nothing short of perfection and you will not be disappointed. The products range from home decoration, clothing, knitware, jewellery, accessories, stationery and so much more.

We are delighted to announce two workshops, arm knitting by I MAKE KNOTS and geometric necklaces by Pink Mushroom Designs.

Bouncy castle, music, food and drink and most importantly, YOU, our community member.

This is an event for all, including our furry friends. Please do come along and say hi to old friends and new friends because let’s face it, our Tottenham community is pretty darn awesome, as it’s always been!

So, where will our get together take place? Funny you should ask! Nestled in the heart of North London, with excellent transport links and only 9 minutes on foot from White Hart Lane and 13 minutes from Bruce Grove Overground Stations, the market will be held in the prestigious Green Flag Award winner, Bruce Castle Park (The Pavilion- next to the tennis courts).

We look forward to seeing you!

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Photo credit: Hazel Brown, Discovering Tottenham

Application form here!.

Spring Gift Guide – Kids

Little people equally deserve something special and we have collated our top picks of vendors who make cool little items for our little angels. We look forward to you joining us on March 3rd at Green Rooms, Wood Green! Did someone say Red Velvet cake*…!!

 

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www.etsy.com/shop/afropuffltd

Pink_Mush

www.etsy.com/shop/pinkmushroomdesigns

Tash Hatcher

www.etsy.com/uk/shop/HatchlingMakes

Sally_ Chasing tigers

www.etsy.com/shop/chasingtigers

Wiity Ditty mugs

www.wittydittydesigns.com

 

*Hurry! While stocks last!