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: Kate Louise Copsey

Hello! We love showcasing the amazing talented designer-makers London has to offer and today we caught up with an illustrator whose work is truly mind blowing!

Who is Kate Louise Copsey Illustration?

I’m Kate Louise Copsey, a London based Illustrator and Graphic Designer, who specialises in pop culture imagery, and book illustrations.

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What inspired you to become a maker?

I’ve loved to draw for as long as I can remember. As a child, if I ran out of paper, I’d start doodling on the walls, much to my parents chagrin! So it was a no brainer that art and design was going to be my future. I started my Etsy shop about a year ago, mainly out of curiosity and now I’m absolutely thrilled that it seems to be thriving!

Please describe the making/designing process.

I try to keep a genuine authenticity with all my work. All images I create are of something I care about in some way- a musician I love, a politician I believe in, or just something that I think is beautiful. It usually starts with a sketch, developed into a finished drawing – then scanned and coloured digitally. The good thing about digital, is you can change your mind over and over again – tweak it until you’re really happy, make it perfect!

What is it like juggling your passion whilst holding down a day job?

I’m currently juggling a day job, an Etsy shop and a Masters in Illustration, so I’m a pretty busy bee! I’d love to be busy, so it’s all good! I think it’s really important as an illustrator/ designer to constantly be developing your skills, trying out new things, and expanding your portfolio – so I find it quite easy to stay motivated.

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

I’m an avid reader, and always have time for a good book! I’ve turned a little pom pom crazy lately, making them is a good way to feel productive when in front the tv! And of course, I love to see friends, have dinners, go to exhibitions, and drink a cheeky bit of booze here and there!

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Thank you so much for speaking with us.

Catch a variety of local makers this 6 July at the Bernie Grant Arts Centre, Tottenham, N15 4RX

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Makers Corner: James Nicholls

In the lead up to Etsy Made Local Tottenham, we’ve been catching up with the amazing makers who will bring their handmade items to market on 1-2 December.

Today we caught up with fellow creative, James Nicholls and his amazing graphic designs.

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What inspired you to became a maker?

I have always been interested in art, and I studied Graphic Design with Illustration at art school. It took a few years to get my graphic design career in the sort of place that I wanted it to be, and so a couple of years ago I was able to devote a bit more time to devote to extracurricular projects and started selling products online and getting my own personal work out there a bit more.

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

My main way of switching off is to go out for a run. I run about 20 miles a week and I feel that this time outside, on my own and away from anything digital is the best way to clear my mind (and actually a useful time to think about some things that need working out, finding solutions to problems or fresh ideas). My over passion is reading, I like nothing more than sitting down with a book purely for enjoyment, as well as occasionally I can have the bonus of this informing my work in some way, or giving me some ideas.

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

It is quite difficult. After a hard day at work, it is often difficult to be motivated to do stuff in the evenings and to find the time, however my personal work does offer an extra element of creativity that my day job doesn’t always provide. That’s the main thing that makes it so easy to do; it’s my passion and I will always find some time to do it.

Can you share with us what has been your biggest achievement?

My biggest achievement was being commissioned, along with a couple of friends, to produce a 90 square metre mural for an advertising agency in Dubai. It was our first real project together and also our biggest by a long way. We had a few months to plan it all out and then they flew us over there to create the mural on site over the course of a week. It was hard work and the days were long, but I think we all learnt the most we ever have done in such a short space of time; working out logistics, planning ahead, and working with the client in a different country.

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Thank you so much for speaking with us. You can find the lovely James Nicholls on Day 1 of Etsy Made Local Tottenham (Tottenham Town Hall) along with many other talented local makers and don’t forget, this is a two-day bumper handmade only market! Find us on Day 2 at The Beehive Pub on 2 December. See you then!!

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Makers Corner: Aisling van der Walt

Today is ‘Super Monday’ because you get to hear from not one, but TWO of our fantastic makers in the lead up to Etsy Made Local Tottenham!!

Our second maker today is the lovely Aisling van der Walt.

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What inspired you to became a maker?

Since I was young I’ve always loved drawing and creating. My poor sister has vivid memories of me as a 10year-old sketching her portrait in the car while she was sulking just to wind her up #sisterlove.

After years of remaining hidden in my dusty art box, my paintbrushes came out again when my husband bought me art classes for my birthday. My homemade cards got a serious facelift when I started to teach myself modern calligraphy and brush lettering. With encouragement from friends and family to sell some of my work, I gradually started turning my hobby into a business. I set up an Instagram page, started selling on Etsy, teaching Wine and Modern Calligraphy workshops, and now I’m delighted to be selling at an Etsy Made Local Christmas Market!

Please can you share the making and designing process?

If I am creating just for myself, I go straight to my watercolours and use nature to inspire me. I’m drawn to abstract forms of colour and subtle tonal variations, aiming to achieve a painterly, whimsical effect.

If I am creating a commissioned lettering piece for a customer I often mock-up a design using my iPad pencil which is a quick and effective way to play around with composition, colour and design. Once I have agreed a final design with the client, I lightly mark out the design with pencil and paper to ensure correct alignment, then I apply paint using high quality watercolours. When everything is good and dry I hand letter the quote/ lettering on top of the paint.

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

I have learned a lot about juggling since starting my art business! I work as an occupational therapist in the NHS which I love, but when you work in healthcare you put all your time and energy into other people and for me, art and calligraphy is the perfect way to recharge my batteries. Running my own business has been a steep learning curve because it involves so much more than just painting. I needed to learn marketing, photography, printing, stock management, Photoshop, DPIs, PPIs, TIFFS – things I had no clue about before I started! Even when it is crazy busy with orders and commissions, I feel so lucky to be able to run a business around something I love so I wouldn’t change it….but maybe ask me again in the Christmas rush!

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

“Done is better than perfect” – being able to say this has been a huge learning curve for me! My perfectionistic tendencies definitely come out in my artwork and in many ways, they help me produce high quality pieces. But when it comes to deciding to put yourself out there and open an Etsy shop, or share your work on social media, or run a workshop, or sell at a market, sometimes you need to just take the plunge even if you think you’re not ‘there yet’. I could wait my whole life to get ‘there’ and meanwhile nothing would have happened. Take the leap and who knows, you might be more ‘there’ than you thought you were!

Thank you so much for speaking with us. You can find the lovely Aisling on Day 1 of Etsy Made Local Tottenham (Tottenham Town Hall) along with many other talented local makers and don’t forget, this is a two-day bumper handmade only market! Find us on Day 2 at The Beehive Pub on 2 December. See you then!!

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Makers Corner: Cquared

We love sharing the work of our amazing makers and today we bring you Cquared who will join us at Etsy Made Local Tottenham on 1 December at Tottenham Town Hall.

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We’ll dive straight in, what inspired you to became a maker?

As ‘The Csquared’, we are mostly inspired by space, nature and mostly music in our designs. This trilogy is basically the essentials in our lives. We are two close friends both named Cansu and one of us is a natural born maker in Istanbul.

She was my tile art tutor in Turkey, and that is how our relationship started. When I started Cansu’s tile art course in Istanbul, we both didn’t know that it would take us to where we are now. It’s about the passion of the creative process and the sacred energy between us I believe.

Since I’ve moved to London, the city itself has triggered me so much to be a part of this creative world with its diversity, dynamism and also the unity of different cultures. What I feel with that is a perfect harmony without bounds.

We love to research the areas that inspire us, or what we are curious about, depending on our moods. Sometimes it can be a lyric of a song, or a phase of the moon. We put a story behind what we feel at that very moment. The outcome of this story forms the basis of our sketches and the design process. That’s how we start to put all the best that we can into our work.

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

This is probably the most complementary act of our lives. It takes a lot of hard work and a non-stop thinking / brainstorming process. So along as we can reflect this in our art, we feel the most energetic and alive. It’s a total blessing.

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

This is probably the most complementary act of our lives. It takes a lot of hard work and a non-stop thinking / brainstorming process. So along as we can reflect this in our art, we feel the most energetic and alive. It’s a total blessing.

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

We’ll answer separately to this question 🙂

Cansu in Istanbul:

Since I’ve loaded with such motivation and adrenalin after the making process I prefer hanging out with my friends for a drink and socialise, either at home or outside.

Cansu in London: Taking a shower and lying down on the sofa for hours without doing anything with a cup of tea or booze.

 

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

We as a humankind have the desire to leave a mark and share the most overborne parts of our souls in this world by nature. Use creativity as a tool to reveal these basic instincts and keep on doing whatever you are into no matter what.

Thank you so much for speaking with us. You can find the lovely Cquard on Day 1 of Etsy Made Local Tottenham (Tottenham Town Hall) along with many other talented local makers and don’t forget, this is a two-day bumper handmade only market! Find us on Day 2 at The Beehive Pub on 2 December. See you then!!

Etsy Made Local Tottenham 2017

Something pretty awesome happened… the very first Etsy Made Local Tottenham happened courtesy of the Crafty North Londoner!!

Vendors were out in full force to provide an easier gifting season and they certainly exceeded all expectations.

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Customers were treated to handmade items ranging from soy hand poured wax candles, home decor of the quirky variety and fused glass jewellery to lamps from reclaimed discarded items, up-cycled accessories and ceramics. The Tottenham Winter Festival out on The Green kept everyone fed and watered and rounded off with the light switch on by Ledley King.

Etsy Made Local Tottenham  would not have been possible without the local community support coming out in their droves and showing their appreciation for small business through purchasing many items from independent businesses. A HUGE thank you to the kind and generous who travelled near and far and made the market a success.

Etsy Made Local is a community-led initiative run by Etsy seller volunteers around the country and supported by EtsyUK.

The Crafty North Londoner has more markets and other community projects planned for 2018 so please do visit this page, or follow @craftynolo on both Instagram and Twitter for up to-date information.

Photo credit: Hazel Brown, Discovering Tottenham