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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