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: Bee Veronica Moore

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Once again, we have been catching up the talented members of the Crafty North Londoner Etsy Team who will be showcasing their handmade items at Etsy Made Local Tottenham on December 1st & 2nd 2018.

Today we have the pleasure of introducing the creative genius, Bee who heads up Witty Ditty Designs.

Who is Witty Ditty Designs? 

Witty Ditty Designs is a North London based company founded by myself, designer, creative writer and illustrator, Bee Veronica Moore.

I write children’s poetry and rhyme, which I illustrate and then print onto 100% cotton fabrics. From these fabrics I create children’s handmade soft furnishings. My aim is to encourage kids to have fun while learning to read – any time, anywhere.

We’ve discovered on our journey that grown-ups love Witty Ditty’s unique products too and Witty’s now has a range of unique homeware designs for the whole family.

Witty Ditty also believe strongly that in this multicultural world we live in, all children should see themselves reflected all around them, so we try hard to ensure our all our products do just that.

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

The idea for this unusual way of displaying my fun poetry for kids came about while I was a volunteer reading mentor at a local primary school where, for three years, I helped young children learn to read and in turn helped boost their confidence. 

Some of the kids had a difficult relationship with books and I soon realised that books were not always the best way for some of them and to enjoy reading. We were encouraged to pick ‘other’ things the kids loved reading such as comics, puzzles and quizzes, fan magazines, art and drawing. Using familiar reading materials made learning more natural and fun.

And so the seeds for my idea began to grow.

My experience of helping children learn to read, my love of designing, writing and illustrating fun characters; all combined to create a fun new company. With our quality, handmade poetry-covered cushions, duvet covers, placemats and more, Witty Ditty’s mission is to make learning to read as easy and as natural as possible.

Can you tell us what is it like owning your own business and like many, juggling multiple jobs?

It’s hard work, but I love it! I work from home and from a shared studio space where I can work on ideas, write rhymes, do sketches and make samples. I’m a busy mum and still work as a freelance graphic designer as well.

I love being a mum to my bubbly, creative three-year-old son and a step mum to my husband’s lovely nine-year-old boy. They both love superhero’s so Witty Ditty’s Everything A Boy Needs To Be A Superhero duvet cover for families of colour, is based roughly on them!

Thank you, Bee for sharing your story with us. Might you have some words of wisdom to inspire the makers/designers out there reading this?

If you have a creative skill you enjoy and want to become a designer/maker – go for it! Don’t let having kids, pets, a hectic home life or other commitments stop you.

It’s surprising just how many supportive people and groups there are out there in the business community, who are ready and willing to help you get started.

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