Makers Corner: Moji Kajubi

In the lead up to market day, 2nd & 3rd November at The Factory, Dalston AND 7 December, Etsy Made Local Tottenham, we’ve been catching up with the amazing makers who will bring their handmade items to market.

Today we caught up with Tottenham native, Moji Kajubi, co-funder of ARA Natural Skincare.

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You’re fairly new to making skincare products, can you share how you are preparing yourselves this Christmas?

This is our first year in business so we’re very excited to be part of Etsy Made Local Tottenham. As we are Christmas rush virgins, we have been asking others for advice. The advice that has stuck in our minds the most is try to be as prepared as possible, including sharing when our last postal dates.
As we are relatively a new business, markets are a great way for us to connect with those who have a passion for natural skincare products, and instantly discover opinions surrounding texture, scents and what matters the most to our customers and tailoring our products.

What is your connection to Tottenham?

We have a strong connection to Haringey and Tottenham, our family have lived in the borough for close to 50 years. We’ve grown up here and still live locally. I think we are really lucky as it’s close enough to central London but you have lots of green spaces and places like Ally Pally. There has been lots of change in that time and it’s interesting to see new places popping up especially all the places to eat, drink and spend time with friends.
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Can you share what inspired you to become a maker and what you are doing to limit your impact on the environment?

We started making skincare products as we wanted to ensure that the products we and our families used did not include harmful chemicals or man made products. With this ethos in mind, we try to build sustainability into our processes with little touches such as our packaging, we use glass jars so they can be reused, paper bags, brown paper wrapping etc. I’m sure there is more we can do, we use bubble wrap to project items when we post – although we try to reuse what the packaging came in. We routinely review how we can make our products as sustainable as possible and actively build this around our business activities.
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Thank you so much for speaking with us. You can find the lovely Moji at The Factory, Dalston on 2nd and 3rd November, and Etsy Made Local Tottenham (Tottenham Town Hall) on 7th December 2019 along with many other talented local makers. It’s going to be a bumper handmade only market! Pop the date in your diary!

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: Angela Hunt

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 a Tottenham creative, Angela Hunt of Ribbon Gibbon.

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What is your link to Tottenham?

I first discovered Tottenham when I started working for a charity near White Hart Lane. That was also where I met who was to become my husband and a few years later we moved into the area. We have been living in Tottenham for 9 years and in that time we have seen a huge amount of change but the constant has always been the fantastic community spirit! We have two small children and feel very fortunate to be living in such a family friendly part of London. The incredible parks, cafes, toddler and baby activities, family days as well as the amazing community of local businesses – we love Tottenham!

What inspired you to became a maker or, please describe the making/designing process?

I’ve always been a frustrated crafty! I love creating beautiful things, I find it relaxing and rewarding. When planning our wedding day, I spent many happy hours making all the decorations from scratch and I was delighted and very proud with how everything turned out. Hen dos, baby showers, 1st birthdays, naming days, milestone birthdays and other parties followed and I always loved getting the decorations just right. When going on maternity leave with my second baby, I decided to take the plunge and turn my hobby in to a business. I set up my Etsy shop and have been loving the journey ever since! It makes me extremely happy to think that I have been able to play a tiny part in so many special occasions for people. I am really positive about the future and hope my little company can continue to grow!

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

One of the biggest struggles of running a small business alongside work and family life is simply the lack of time!! There are just not enough hours in the day!! I have so many ideas and things I would like to achieve and I am currently on maternity leave but it’s usually after my gorgeous children have gone to bed that I get to concentrate on my business. Rather than getting overwhelmed with all the things I want to do, I try to break things down in to manageable chunks and keep chipping away. Slow and steady wins the race! Who knows where this journey will take me and that situation may change in the future but, for now, the juggle continues and even though it’s very busy, I love it!

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

Something I read once that really stuck with me is: ‘Don’t compare your beginning to somebody else’s middle’. I think this really applies to setting up a business. There is so much to learn, so much to think about and so many things to adapt, all of which is a massive part of the fun! But you can sometimes fall into the trap of comparing what you are doing with others, forgetting that they themselves have been on the exact same journey, they are just further along. Keep being you, believe in yourself and who knows what wonderful things you can achieve!

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Thank you so much for speaking with us. You can find the lovely Angela 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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Etsy Made Local Tottenham 2018

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Following the success of Etsy Made Local Tottenham 2017, we are glad to announce that the Crafty North Londoner Etsy Team have been confirmed as a host for 2018.

We will once again open our doors and bring the sellers of Etsy.com offline and to two  venues near you!

A few places remain for our upcoming Etsy Made Local Christmas Market on Saturday 1st December. We are no longer able to accept applications from the categories of art, illustration and jewellery sellers. Application form.

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About Etsy Made Local

Etsy Made Local is an annual seller-led, Etsy initiative celebrating crafters, collectors and artisans from across the UK. Between 30 November – 2 December, towns and cities will play host to a pop-up market featuring some of the best handmade gifts, vintage goods and craft supplies available on Etsy.com, to local customers.

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Introductions

The Crafty North Londoner Etsy Team is organised on a voluntarily basis. The sole purpose is to provide a platform for sellers who wish to reconnect with their customers in a face-to-face setting.

At each market we have held this past year, customers have commented on the high quality items produced. Simply put, we are all amazing designer-maker crafters in our fields! For that reason, if you are not selected to trade, please do not be disheartened. Most importantly, it will not be because your products are not up to scratch, but instead,  your category is over subscribed, or because through experience, we have learnt what does/does not trade very well on market day. We do not want to accept your application fee for the sake of it.

 

Once again, the Crafty North Londoner Etsy Team is operated on a voluntary basis. As this is a community event, all successful applicants will be expected to participate in the promotion of the market, may it be online or offline and assist with the setup or breakdown of the market. As the saying goes, two heads are better than one!

And just in case you’re not sure where to locate the application form, apply here for Etsy Made Local Tottenham and we look forward to seeing you at our bumper handmade only Christmas Market on December 1st (Tottenham Town Hall) and 2nd (The Beehive Pub).

 

 

 

 

 

Top photo and slideshow: Discovering Tottenham

Markers Corner: LB BEADS

As we draw closer to our upcoming Summer Makers Market, we introduce one of our newer designer-makers, Lolonyo. Read on for more.

Who is the creator behind LB Beads?

LB Beads was founded in 2017 by me, Lolonyo Amegayibor-Bunge, and I grew up in Ghana where beads play a big role in its history, society and everyday life.

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Can you recall what, or who, inspired you to work with beads?

I have always been fascinated by beads and took part in a beading workshop nine years ago. In 2016 when I visited my parents in Ghana, I went to various bead markets and was so inspired by the diversity of beads, materials used and the conversations that evolved around the beads, this prompted me to start designing and creating jewellery.

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Can you tell us a little about the design process?

In terms of the designing process, I am inspired by the beads I have to hand, then think about the design and start stringing. Every piece of jewellery is carefully crafted and each is unique, a one off, due to the fact that most of my beads and embellishments are hand crafted by traditional methods. I use different combinations for each design and no two pieces will ever be exactly the same. 

How are your pieces sustainable and environmentally friendly?

The beads I use are made from recycled glass, plastic, shells, clay, coconut shells, bone etc. Everything in Ghana has potential, For the artisan bead makers, any broken bottle, jar, container can be ground into a powder and fired into beads. Every piece of jewellery comes in a handmade African print gift bag.

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Father’s Day Gift Guide 2018

What do you buy the man who has everything he should ever need (and that’s you, naturally!)? Something handmade and one of a kind of course.

With a week to go until Father’s Day, we have handpicked a selection of items to take the tricky business out of gift giving to the man who celebrated your substitute appearance for the Under 11’s, and let you destroy… we mean test out your driving skills for the first time at your local  carpark many moons ago!

Pamper yourself!

  • £3.50 per 110g bar or create your own gift box
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Let Sop Shop add a little pampering to dad this Father’s Day. With soaps that are handmade in small batches, palm oil free, cruelty free, vegan, coloured using only natural earth-found plant dyes and clays, free from SLS and scented using only the best quality essential oils, you might actually keep for yourself!

Get organised

  • £19.99 the Perry Personalised Wash Bag
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Personalised Perry Wash Bag

You know you’ve made it when your initials are permanently embroidered on your wash bag. Go on, make dad proud! Never forget an item again with this beaut from The Cool Calm Collection.

Say it with a card
  • £3.00 Peter Pan quote
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Second star to the right…

For the dads who are almost grown up, but not quite (fun keeps you youthful!). Look no further than calligrapher, Abi Gails Calligraphy, to write just the right words.

We hope you enjoyed the guide and we look forward to seeing you at our next Makers Market on June 23rd!

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.

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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!.

Mother’s Day Inspiration Gift Guide 2018 – Pt 1

Whether you are contemplating gifts for your mother, sister, aunt, grandmother or even a friend, it can be mind boggling what to gift to these special women in our lives.

We’ve taken some of the guess work out and have collated a selection of items from our traders who will be at our Spring Makers Market on March 3rd Green Rooms, Wood Green.

Victoria Tojeiro Gonzalez

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Mandy Treptow Glass - Mandy Treptow

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Safiya Braithwaite

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Makers Corner: Stella Salumaa of Burglar Cat

Who is Burglar Cat? 

Burglar Cat is a one-woman undertaking and is based in East London, UK. But originally I am from beautiful Estonia.
I was drawing cats being naughty burglars for my very first attempt  screen printing and that is when Burglar Cat was born.
It is now developed into hand painted tote bags, prints, comic books, playing cards etc.
I love anything silly and that is how I like to draw and illustrate.

Can you tell us what inspired you to became a maker and please describe the making process?

As far as I can remember, I have always loved making and drawing things. I usually just draw something and I get ideas from around me.

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

I work full time as an animator and I do my own artwork on the side. It can be difficult and tiring, but it’s definitely worth it and makes me happy.

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

Always do something . Draw, paint or whatever medium it is that you like. It might not always come out perfect. But keep at it until you do something you love, then it’s all good.

Shop the Burglar Cat collection.