Makers Corner: Cquared

We love sharing the work of our amazing makers and today we bring you Cquared who will join us at Etsy Made Local Tottenham on 1 December at Tottenham Town Hall.

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We’ll dive straight in, what inspired you to became a maker?

As ‘The Csquared’, we are mostly inspired by space, nature and mostly music in our designs. This trilogy is basically the essentials in our lives. We are two close friends both named Cansu and one of us is a natural born maker in Istanbul.

She was my tile art tutor in Turkey, and that is how our relationship started. When I started Cansu’s tile art course in Istanbul, we both didn’t know that it would take us to where we are now. It’s about the passion of the creative process and the sacred energy between us I believe.

Since I’ve moved to London, the city itself has triggered me so much to be a part of this creative world with its diversity, dynamism and also the unity of different cultures. What I feel with that is a perfect harmony without bounds.

We love to research the areas that inspire us, or what we are curious about, depending on our moods. Sometimes it can be a lyric of a song, or a phase of the moon. We put a story behind what we feel at that very moment. The outcome of this story forms the basis of our sketches and the design process. That’s how we start to put all the best that we can into our work.

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

This is probably the most complementary act of our lives. It takes a lot of hard work and a non-stop thinking / brainstorming process. So along as we can reflect this in our art, we feel the most energetic and alive. It’s a total blessing.

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

This is probably the most complementary act of our lives. It takes a lot of hard work and a non-stop thinking / brainstorming process. So along as we can reflect this in our art, we feel the most energetic and alive. It’s a total blessing.

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

We’ll answer separately to this question 🙂

Cansu in Istanbul:

Since I’ve loaded with such motivation and adrenalin after the making process I prefer hanging out with my friends for a drink and socialise, either at home or outside.

Cansu in London: Taking a shower and lying down on the sofa for hours without doing anything with a cup of tea or booze.

 

Can you impart a quote or words of wisdom to inspire?

We as a humankind have the desire to leave a mark and share the most overborne parts of our souls in this world by nature. Use creativity as a tool to reveal these basic instincts and keep on doing whatever you are into no matter what.

Thank you so much for speaking with us. You can find the lovely Cquard 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!!

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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Team mingle meet up, November 9th 2017

Date: Thursday, 9th November

Time: 6.30pm – 9pm

Venue: 5 Miles, Markfield Road, N15 4QA

Crafty North Londoner will have our first team gathering on November 9th at 5 Miles, Tottenham.

We are very excited to meet fellow makers and designers ahead of market day and no doubt this will be the first of many.