Makers Corner: Hannah McCague

We love featuring our makers, particularly ahead of market day to provide you a taste of what to expect. The quality is always exceptional, and it never ceases to amaze us the great items that are produced with sustainability and ethical methods always at the forefront.

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Today, meet local maker, Hannah of Hannah Elizabeth Design who will join us at Etsy Made Local Tottenham on Saturday 7th December.

You’ll be able to find Hannah in Tottenham Town Hall on the day. Don’t forget to stop by our second venue, the Bernie Grant Arts Centre as well.

What is your link to Tottenham?

I’m still relatively new to the area after moving here in February. I’m enjoying exploring at the moment and feel very inspired by my new surroundings!

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What inspired you to became a maker?

I always loved art at school and in 2007, I graduated with a degree in Illustration from Bristol. Since then, I’ve been working freelance as an illustrator as well as teaching art part time. During my Masters, I began exploring digital drawing and that’s really when I started making my prints. I’m a passionate environmentalist which is why a lot of my work involves the natural world. I try to promote drawing as a tool for communication both in my art teaching and also through my illustrations.

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

Sit outside in the garden (weather permitting!) with a cup of tea. It’s the simple things in life for me!

Can you impart a quote or words of wisdom to inspire?

Do what you love and what makes you happy. Things that are worth achieving are never going to be easy – I try to remind myself of that when I’m having a tough day!

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Find Hannah and her beautiful illustrations at Etsy Made Local Tottenham, Town Hall Approach Road, N15 4RY, 11AM-4.30PM.

Makers Corner: Emilia Kalyvides

Ahead of market day, we love nothing more but to present to you a selection of our designers who make the markets what they are.

Today we are excited to introduce Emilia Kalyvides who will join us at Etsy Made Local Tottenham on Saturday 7th December at two venues, Tottenham Town Hall and the Bernie Grant Arts Centre where Emilia can be found.

Hi, I’m Emilia Kalyvides, the designer behind Design by Mils.

Having originally trained as an architectural designer, in 2019 I pivoted my career to focus on graphic design.

My work explores the relationship between digital and physical craft and the overlap between the two, fusing my interest in digital design and textile based crafts.

I make original letterpress prints using bright neon inks, riso print minimalist Christmas cards and hand embroidered geometric notebooks (along with quite a few other things!)

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Makers Corner: Chantelle West

Ahead of market day, we love sharing with you the designers and makers who bring their exceptional products to market.

Today we bring you yet another, and are excited that Sew Lit will join us on not only 2 & 3 November at The Factory, but also return to Tottenham Town Hall for Etsy Made Local Tottenham on 7 December.

Read on, read on!

What inspired you to become a maker?

I had a passing thought in 2007 to make cushions which was quite extraordinary considering I had never felt a passion to sew. In fact, I was much more interested in creative writing but I did my research and like many early creatives I filed my findings away. The Christmas season of 2011 was when I suddenly became hungry to sew, I had became a mother and I believe that dramatic change heavily inspired me to start making cushions and Christmas tree ornaments by hand.

What challenges have you faced?

Finding a balance between being inspired and creating whilst also learning what is necessary to run a successful business has been challenging, what made it harder at the start was doing it all alone! Now I have business mentors that are accessible and give advice that is invaluable.

After a long day of designing what do you like to do to switch off and relax?

I love to read, write or listen to music! Me and my daughter are always dancing around the room.

Can you impart words of wisdom to inspire?

Honour what your quiet voice whispers! Feed that part of yourself that needs to be inspired! As a mother, carer and maker I’m learning to not feel guilty about taking time out to feed my desire for inspiration.

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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.

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Makers Corner: Nur Polat Kantar

We are excited to welcome Nur Polat Kantar of Noar Ceramics to our makers market on 21 September (Bernie Grant Arts Centre). Ahead of market day, learn of Nur’s journey below.

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I Graduated from the Department of Ceramics – Glass Design at Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University in Istanbul. In the following 3 years, I was involved in and provided training on art, design and photography projects as a co-founder of Studio Koza in Istanbul. And over the years, I worked in private sector in the field of photography and graphic design.

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In 2016, I actively started ceramics again opening up my own studio in Istanbul. Ceramics, with its therapeutic and transformative nature, guided me gently through an inner journey which led me inside to seek for myself, as is.

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As a maker, I take my inspiration from this journey which is coming from the inside. On my ceramics, it is either a motion or a colour; it is a glitter coming out and blinking. Sometimes intense, sometimes gentle. Revealing myself to share and to spread…

And now I continue my journey in London, since 2018.

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Makers Corner: Janice Stevenson

Our Makers Corner today features the lovely Janice Stevenson whose interests lie in sustainable living, retro fashion and culture.See hi to Janice this Saturday 6 July at the Bernie Grant Arts Centre. Until then, read on!Retro Sistaz – InstagramRetro Sistaz – shop

What is your link to Tottenham?

My family and I have been resident in Tottenham for the past 10 years.

What inspired you to become a vintage trader?

I am a vintage trader and my inspiration is firstly a love of history, culture and social issues and the ways in which fashion and styles have been influenced by such phenomena.

What is it like owning your own business or like many, juggling multiple jobs?

I do both. It’s extremely rewarding as it is challenging. The challenging lies in juggling a busy home life, but I am fortunate to have a great family which helps and is willing to plug the holes.

How are your products sustainable?

Both in business and personally, I never buy anything new (except food!). There no need to as wonderful items, clothes, household goods, etc, already exist and are more fabulous than anything manufactured today! All of my products are pre-loved and that makes them both special and friendly to the environment, saving on intensive manufacturing processes, air miles and pollution.

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

I go for a jog or socialise with friends.

What has been your biggest achievement?

One of my biggest achievements has been to move my products online as this is an expanding area which can save costs for a small business person like me. This has allowed me to sell to the world so I now think in terms of ‘selling to the world’ rather than from a ‘small patch’ in London.

Can you impart a quote or words of wisdom to inspire?

“People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
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Makers Corner: Caroline Walters

We have only a few days until our makers market this Saturday 6 July at the Bernie Grant Arts Centre, and still so many makers to introduce! Let’s go!

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What is your link to Haringey?

I lived in the Borough of Haringey for 7 years from 2009 to 2016, and loved the diversity of the area and its many parks. Then in 2016, I moved across the marshes to Walthamstow, which is where my shop (‘Caro Art & Gifts’) is based.

What inspired you to became a maker?

I’ve always been a maker in some way, though I didn’t pursue selling my work for several years while I had a career in academia. I knew that I needed to make for myself, as exploring my creativity brought a sense of fulfilment and well-being. At the beginning of 2019, I decided to practice calligraphy more thoroughly. The act of drawing letters, phrases and words has steadily brought my voice back, as I’ve been finding that the more calligraphy and painting I do, the more I write.

My research background means that I seem to spend a lot of time exploring how a medium works, which plays into my making process. For example, I love the way that different pigments and types of watercolour paint move differently. This led to the creation of many of my abstract pieces because I’ve always loved colours and patterns.

Earlier this year, I realised that my love of writing and calligraphy married well with my abstract watercolours, which has been the latest line in my work.

As a maker, I ensure that I do something creative everyday even if that is just some calligraphy practice or playing around with ideas. This helps to revitalise myself and allow for surprises to happen where work can be created from an unexpected avenue.

What is it like owning your own business or like many, juggling multiple jobs?

It’s been a journey to run my own business with the amount of new things involved. I love learning, and enjoy throwing myself into the wonders of marketing, brand development, and designing new products. My business has evolved from its origins in Wood Street Indoor Market to now sharing a shop with another designer. There is a real thrill when someone comes in asking for a commission, or I sell a piece of my own work, or am recommended to others. I really do have that ‘happy dance’ moment every time.

How are your products sustainable?

Everything is handmade by me in my small studio in Walthamstow. All of the ‘kraft’ range is produced on recycled card that is made in the UK. I buy all of my art materials from UK suppliers and distributors to minimise the carbon footprint involved in my work. In turn, all prints and cards are produced in the UK.

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

I’m an avid reader, and even won the school ‘bookworm’ award. I’m sure that was made up for me, as I was rather quiet at school. But through reading I’ve loved the journeys into new worlds, lives and ideas.

I love baking for friends, as there’s something about a chat with a piece of cake that makes everything feel better.

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What challenges have you faced, and what has been your biggest achievement?

A challenge that I have faced is that people buy more online than in the high street. This is why I am a proud supporter and advocate of the Just a Card campaign. It makes people more aware that each of those small purchases make a real-life difference to the sustainability of small independent businesses. I believe this is important because I love the diversity that we can find at markets but I want this to continue all the time, so we aren’t just reliant on markets. One of my achievements was that the Just a Card campaign did an interview with me on my shop and the ethos of me running my own business. It felt good to join such an important campaign.

What is your top Christmas prep tip as a maker?

I have noticed that the summer period tends to be quieter, so use this time to create more stock and design new products. Use this time for more of the ‘behind the scenes’ stuff: mailing lists, brand development, website sprucing etc. In turn, remember to book your markets in early, as these tend to fill up quite quickly.

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Can you impart a quote or words of wisdom to inspire?

‘Creativity is the way I share my soul with the world.’ (Brene Brown)

Take some time to think about what your core values are for yourself, and for your business. This can then help to reframe all of your work in relation to these ideas and to ensure that you are fulfilling each of your core values for the business. My core business values are: creativity, education and kindness. I want us all to remember that we are ‘enough’ just for being ourselves, and to remember to show yourselves the kindness you do others.

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Thank you, Caroline’s and we look forward to seeing you this Saturday 6 July at the Bernie Grant Arts Centre, Town Hall Approach Road, London, N15 4RX

Makers Corner: Amanda Barks

With our next makers market less than a week away, Saturday 6 July at the Bernie Grant Arts Centre, we are excited to share with you some of the makers who will bring their finest handmade items to market.

Today we introduce Amanda Barks of Rock Covers Paper.

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What inspired you to became a maker?

My uncle and his then girlfriend was my inspiration. When I was little they lived in London. My uncle is a random creative, and she was a fashion student at Central St. Martins. I thought they were so cool and opened my eyes to so much art and design out there.

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What is it like owning your own business or like many, juggling multiple jobs?

Like most people, it keeps me on my toes, but man it’s awesome when someone gets my work and cracks a smile.

How are your products sustainable?

This is something I should shout about more often. I use recycled card/paper, I’m also a fan of the naked card and will only wrap my cards when purchased, and I use bio degradable cello wraps.

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

I do enjoy watching some Netflix. I’m very much a binge viewer.

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

I’m quite lucky as my day job is a Graphic Designer in the snow industry – two of my passions right there. So yeah, I’m very lucky as it doesn’t feel like I’m juggling, I’m just being a creative.

What challenges have you faced?

My mental health has been the biggest challenge I have faced so far.

Can you impart a quote or words of wisdom to inspire?

You don’t know unless you try.

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Thank you very much. Find Amanda on 6 July at the Bernie Grant Arts Centre, Town Hall Approach Road, Tottenham, London, N15 4RX.

Makers Corner: Samantha Hine

In our Makers Corner today, we share top tips and sustainability methods by Samantha Hine of The Vintage Letter Lady. Read on!

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How are your products sustainable?

All board games and card games I use are incomplete, missing pieces, ripped, torn, the board itself is broken and, so I take all the lovely parts and reuse them to make a piece of art for people’s homes. On some of the board you might see tea stains or pen marks,  but I feel this shows it has been loved and played with and now it has a new life. I love to reuse, remake and remove old things.

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

Well my job is being a mummy. I used to work in the fashion industry, but when my twins came along it just wasn’t workable to do both. My little business is my release. Its my bit of me, when I am no longer mummy and can be Sam again.

I do struggle to ensure I spend enough time on my business while looking after the three boys, especially now no one naps! But for two morning a week, they are all in nursery. It’s amazing how much you can get done in 2.5hrs!! Plus I have a very supportive husband.

What is your top seasonal prep tip as a maker?

Try and enjoy it. Time goes so fast and sometimes you don’t get to enjoy the run up to the shows/events because we are so wrapped up in ensuring we have enough stock. Sometimes, everyone needs to stop and look at how much they have achieved.

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Can you impart a quote or words of wisdom to inspire?

Ha ha I love a quote! But my favourite is;

“Imagination is the highest kite one can fly” Lauren Bacall.

I actually did a letterpress workshop a few years ago and decided to create this as my piece which is now on our wall in the kitchen so we see it everyday as inspiration.

Find Samantha and her amazing upcycled vintage board games on 4 May at The Beehive Pub (http://beehiven17.com/), Stoneleigh Road, N17 9BQ at our May Makers Market.

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Makers Corner: Alisha Lestrade

As a self taught sewer Alisha made her first dolls for her niece’s because they wanted dolls that looked like them, with skin colour and hairstyles like theirs, but couldn’t find anything similar in shops or online.

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She wanted to give making dolls a chance so headed to her favourite local market, Camden Lock, fitting in perfectly with its diverse and multicultural offering. Alisha opened Sugacandipop as a pop up shop in the Dingwalls Gallery area, next door to the Lower Market Hall in August 2012.

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Alisha made her dolls onsite and sold them 7 days a week and, with a lot of  help from her sister and a good friend, the shop soon became part of the tight community of market traders.

Initially only booked for a 2 weekk run, the Sugacandipop Pop-up Shop was so well received that it stayed open until December 2013.

It only closed when Alisha was due to have a baby starting a family of her own.

Her professional background is in childcare and playwork, specialising in crafts and she has worked with children for 15 years.

She has relaunched her diverse doll making business under a new name Thimble & Doll ready for Christmas 2017. The dolls are still designed, drawn, cut and stitched by hand by the lady herself.

 In 2012 she started with 5 skin tones but has now doubled this to 10! You can buy a selection of pre made dolls from Alisha’s online shop or make a bespoke order for you own doll. There are currently 4 styles of doll available and different sizes to choose from, with lots of customising options for that really personal touch.

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 “Diversity is a core value of my business and is important because representation matters. We don’t all look the same, we come in all different colours, so dolls should too!” – Alisha, Founder

Find Alisha and her amazing dolls on 4 May at The Beehive Pub (http://beehiven17.com/), Stoneleigh Road, N17 9BQ at our May Makers Market.

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