It has been a while, but we are delighted to bring you the stories behind our incredible designer-makers.
Today we bring you Gaby Gassner who is the creator and maker behind statement jewellery using various bead weaving techniques.
What inspired you to became a maker?
Other makers & designers and artists. And figuring out that office life wasn’t for me.
Please describe the designing and making process.
It starts with some sketchy doodles of how an idea could work, followed by playing around with various combinations and different materials. My approach is very hands-on, making small tweaks can change the overall look, constantly evaluating if something works or not and starting all over again if something doesn’t work. You know when something is finished when it feels right.
After a long day designing and making, what do you do to switch off and relax?
I like to take the odd afternoon off and hook up with friends to see an exhibition, explore a new place or just have a chin wag over a cuppa.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
My name is Neja and I’ve recently started my own brand of polymer clay jewellery called Geo Fun Design, inspired by geometric designs that combine unique features with a dash of quirkiness and elegance. My studio is based in London, but I am originally from Slovenia and have been living in the UK for the past 4 years.
What inspired you to become a maker and please describe the making/designing process?
I’ve enjoyed creative projects and getting my hands messy ever since I was a teenager, when I would buy clothes and jewellery in high-street shops and add my own personal stamp by adding handmade elements or entirely transforming what, in my opinion, were items that lacked that special ‘je ne sais quoi’. Designing and making jewellery using a variety of media became a more pronounced passion of mine during my 20s, but it wasn’t until very recently that I decided to take my hobby to the next level and start my own business. At the moment I only sell on Etsy, but hopefully I will make my jewellery available on other platforms in the future as well.
Colour is key in all my designs – I mix all the colours myself and, unlike many polymer clay artists, I condition the clay using my hands, twisting and shaping it in a number of different ways to achieve unique and quirky colourful patterns. I also believe that while streamlining the creative process is necessary for brand development, leaving some room for experimentation and allowing oneself to just go with the flow while on a creative streak actually yields the best (and most unexpected) results. This is why all my designs are truly one of a kind and can not be replicated.
What is it like owning your own business or like many, juggling multiple jobs?
Although extremely challenging and exhausting at times, I do feel that being able to unleash my creativity is vital for me as it enables me to balance out my day job, which can be quite intellectually challenging and tiring. This is why, after a long day’s work, I like to just get my hands on clay and let my mind unwind.
Can you impart a quote or words of wisdom to inspire?
“The creative act is a letting down of the net of human imagination into the ocean of chaos on which we are suspended, and the attempt to bring out of it ideas.” (Terence McKenna)