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: Samantha Parker of Samantha Parker London

Who is Samantha Parker London?

Samantha Parker is a Surface Designer.

Can you explain your design process?

My design process is also a learning process, I find something that fascinates me and study it. I learn about the subjects habitat, diet and anatomy. I  then draw them and paint them with Gouache. The Artwork is then manipulated into patterns.

What is it like owning your own business and juggling life?

I am a full-time, work-from home-mum. Sometimes I find it full-on trying to juggle everything, but the rewards of looking after my son and doing what I love everyday outweighs everything else. I am also very lucky to have a supportive partner who has been telling me to do my own thing for a while.
 

Can you impart a quote, or words of wisdom to inspire those starting out?

Do anything you wanna do – Eddie and the Hotrods