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!)
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.
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.
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.
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?
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!
£3.50 per 110g bar or create your own gift box
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!
£19.99 the Perry Personalised 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.
Skin, lips, beard. Oh my!
£34.99 men’s luxury grooming gift box
Introducing Arganic Beauty’s luxury men’s grooming gift box! The Perfect gift for your bearded loved ones to take care of not only their beard, but their hair, beard, lips, skin and teeth too! The perfect all natural gift for him.
Say it with a card
£3.00 Peter Pan quote
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!
CAN YOU EXPLAIN YOUR DESIGN PROCESS, OR WHERE YOU TAKE YOUR INSPIRATION FROM?
Since I’ve been old enough to hold a pencil I’ve drawn. My infant sketchbooks are full of horses, unicorns, fish and even the odd princess, as well as scraps of stories inspired by my favourite books. I remember announcing to the family that when I grew up I wanted to “write stories and draw the pictures.” Bar the princesses and unicorns, my current sketchbooks aren’t too different, filled with sketches and stories of animals doing silly things.
My ambition remains the same, but having no formal art qualifications, I found myself floundering a couple of years ago and so started VictoriaDraws as a way to showcase my illustrations and to give me a sense of drive.
I’ve found the experience surprising, frustrating and totally exhilarating. I realise that I really enjoy creating artwork for people’s homes, and since starting the business, I have even been asked to design wedding invitations and create pet portraits; things I never would have seen myself doing a few years ago. My confidence has had a massive boost, and I find myself more energised and more determined than ever.
WHAT IS IT LIKE OWNING YOUR OWN BUSINESS AND JUGGLING LIFE?
I work full time as a primary school teacher so there is a lot of juggling that goes on in my life! During the week I tend to stick to creating content for social media and my blog, as well as sketching out new ideas on the commute. I save the real work for the weekends and holidays, where I can be mostly found in our box room either painting or frowning at photoshop. I paint everything by hand, and then clean things up on photoshop, which I’ve had to teach myself to do but I’m getting there!
THANK YOU, VICTORIA, FOR TELLING US ABOUT YOURSELF. CAN YOU IMPART WORDS OF WISDOM TO INSPIRE THOSE STARTING OUT?
One of my favourite quotes (which appears as a print and is the feature image on this post- I love it so much!) is by Maya Angelou, and I find it in equal parts inspiring and also a motto to live by; “Nothing will work unless you do.”