Makers Corner: Rhea Calloo

This Saturday 21 September is our next makers market! In the run up to market day, we like to introduce the talented makers and designers who make these markets possible. Read on to find out more about our newest maker, local Rhea Calloo.

What is your link to Tottenham?

I was born here and grew up in Tottenham just like my parents did, I’m incredibly proud of my area.

What inspired you to became a maker and what is your designing process?

I’ve always been creative. I’ll get an idea and sometimes I’ll spend four hours making it happen there and then, other times I’ll scribble it down and start putting the pieces together over time. My process with what I’m making now is a mix of both. I love to experiment with smaller pieces as well as sit and plan out bigger ones.

What is it like owning your own business and juggling multiple jobs?

I’m still figuring things out in the very early stages and trying to get everything to work around my day job. I work hospitality mainly for football events and sometimes it can be difficult to balance getting enough hours to both earn enough money and create things. Also hospitality work can be exhausting so some days i’ll come home with the intention of crafting in the evenings only to fall fast asleep after dinner!

How are your products sustainable?

I like reusing a lot of things… to the point where I really struggle to throw things away! It started with the galaxy bottles and jars where I started with alcohol bottles and food jars. I now also reuse the pots from fancy desserts made from glass and ceramics to make my succulent pots as well as some other ideas I have.

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

I’m really into video games, always have been so that’s what you’ll usually find me doing whilst trying to wind down. Like most people I also watch quite a bit of television too, I’m in the middle of watching all 20 seasons of Law and Order: Special Victims Unit from the very beginning.

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

I’m lucky that my job is very flexible so if I really need to I’m able to take some time off to either relax and recharge or power through some craft projects.

What challenges have you faced?

My main challenges at the moment is keeping my craft area organised and functional. My desk constantly looks like a warzone. I did also very recently get diagnosed with ADHD which may also contribute towards that but I’m always on the lookout for clever storage solutions.

What is your Christmas prep tip as a maker?

Be that weirdo that starts preparing way too far in advance. You get to both spread the cost and avoid that insane rush towards the finish line as the holiday season approaches. Buy all those discounted seasonal items/materials in January, pick up/make gifts throughout the year and any other time/money-saving strategies you can think of.

Can you impart a few words of wisdom to inspire?

Don’t force yourself to stay positive. Feel all your emotions, accept them as part of the process and keep it moving regardless. We’re all humans capable of mistakes, none of them will cause the world to end but all of them are an opportunity to learn.

Rhea Crafts – 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.

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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.

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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

Makers’ Corner: Neja of Geo Fun Designs

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Who is Geo Fun Design?

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)

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