Makers Corner: May Glen Design

We love learning more about our makers, their motivations and their ethical practices. Today in our Makers Corner, we have the pleasure of introducing a fellow local maker of tote bags, pins, tea towels, May Glen.

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What is your link to Tottenham, Haringey?

I live in Haringey and in my spare time help run weekend and private workshops as a tutor for Tottenham Art Classes. When I can, I enjoying coming to the life drawing classes at the Beehive Pub that Tottenham Art Classes run on Thursday evenings.

What inspired you to became a maker or, please describe the making/designing process?

I did a lino printing taster course a couple of years ago and have been doing it ever since. It’s a process that is very accessible and you can do it from home without any large-scale equipment. I make my prints at home on our small dining table and find it an enjoyable contrast to my day-job spent at a computer.

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

I work full-time and make lino prints and illustrated products in my spare time. I don’t get the opportunity to spend as much time as I would like on it so my progress is slower than I would like, but it means I always have something in the pipeline to look forward to working on when I get the chance.

How are your products sustainable?

All of my lino and printed cards are printed onto recycled card and come with recycled envelopes, and all the protective cellophane sleeves are actually made of plant-starch and are completely compostable. My tote bags are made of high-quality organic cotton and along with my tea-towels are produced sustainably in the UK.

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Don’t forget to stop by The Beehive Pub on 4 May and say hi to May and all the other amazing creative makers!

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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.

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