Makers Corner: Saffie Pluck

Etsy Made Local Tottenham will take place on Saturday 7th December (Tottenham Town Hall and the Bernie Grant Arts Centre ) and we are excited to introduce another maker who will join us at this bumper market, the lovely Saffie Pluck.

What is your link to Haringey?

I am a londoner from North London! I used to play basketball for Haringey Angels, and have just moved to a flat on Hornsey High Street!

Can you share what inspired you to become a maker?

Pluck’d designs was founded in 2015 by Saffie Pluck, who studied Product Design at Central Saint Martins in Kings Cross, London. The brand came about from Saffie’s interest in Products and how garments can be created that looked good but also served other functions. Although trained in Product Design, Saffie has always had an interest in materials and textiles, and decided to unite the two. The first range, Urban Wear was created through the idea to fuse everyday garments with material innovation, creating reflective garments that look normal during the day, but reflective at night, transforming the piece and making the wearer highly visible.

What is it like owning your own business or like many, juggling multiple jobs?

It has been a great learning curve, and has helped me to appreciate my spare time! I run Pluck’d Designs, whilst also being a full-time technician. I am also currently studying for my PG Cert qualification, so there is a lot to do!

How are your products sustainable?

I try where possible to source all my products from the UK or Europe. I send my yarn to be plied by a mill in West Yorkshire, and all products are made and finished by myself. I use brown paper and paper string to wrap my products, and I use brown tubes to send orders.

After a long day designing and making, what do you do to switch off and relax?

I often spin on my spinning wheel when watching the TV, or you can find me in the wood workshop or knitting!

Can you tell us what is it like juggling your passion whilst holding down a day job?

I find my job as a technician helps to inform my knitting, and vice versa. Being a technician is great as everyday is different, and being in a creative environment at the University of the Arts London means I am able to inspire but also be inspired by the up and coming art and design creatives.

What has been your biggest achievement?

Winning the 2016 GOLD Etsy Award in the Fashion & Accessories category.

What is your top Christmas prep tip as a maker?

Remember to make time for yourself!

Find Saffie in the Bernie Grant Arts Centre on Saturday 7th December.

Pluckd Designs – shop

Pluckd Designs – Instagram

Makers Corner: Noemi Bizzocchi

We love sharing the varied designers and makers that we work with giving you a good scope of all the items that will be featured at our markets. Please read on the learn of our newest member.

nobidesigns_201902071420024503365842272820266.png

How did ‘nobi’ come about?

Nobi is a brand I developed in 2017, born from my passion for creating handmade jewellery. I work with polymer clay and my brand style is contemporary and minimalist. I like geometric, clean lines and bold block colours.

Where do you take your inspiration from?

My inspiration comes from observing the urban context and from much historical jewellery. Each piece is unique, hand-shaped, handmade, baked and then refined. Metal components are also handcrafted using 100% recycled sterling silver or stainless steel. I aim to create unique objects of design, expressing style, valuing the preciousness of receiving and wearing a handmade creation. This is important to me in contrast of a culture where mass production of identical things is available.

nobidesigns_201902061239292056560528651949131.png

Why is jewellery so important to you?

For me making jewellery is a practice of giving significance. A jewel is a feeling, an emotion, a memory and through the simplicity of my designs, the purpose of my work is to enhance the wearer’s own personality and uniqueness aiming to make them experience a sensation of identity empowerment.

Find Noemi at our Spring Makers Market taking place on 2 -3 March 2019 at The Beehive Pub, N17 9BQ.

Etsy: nobidesigns

If you can’t wait until then, do check out her Instagram, @nobidesigns

Etsy Made Local Tottenham 2017

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.

IMG_1082edit

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.

Photo credit: Hazel Brown, Discovering Tottenham