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.

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CraftyNoLo Spring Makers Market

Although the Beast from the East might have delayed our Spring Market by two weeks, come rain, shine, snow, sleet, harsh winds, cold and the mini Beast, we pushed ahead.

On Saturday 17th March, the stunning art deco hotel, Green Rooms, opened its doors to the Crafty North Londoner Spring Makers Market and welcomed 30 London based designers and makers, many of which are Haringey based residents.

We had makers selling items from home decorations and furnishings, to kids wear and glass jewellery, to surface designers and fabulous prints, and ethically sourced accessories and hand carved kitchen utensils. The quality was of the highest standard and no one left disappointed.
Take a look at  some photos of the day below.

 


Crafty North Londoner would like to thank all the amazing makers and our dedicated local community who came out to show support for local makers, despite the fact it snowed continuously all day. Every single one of you are truly amazing!

Next market will take place on June 30th, T on the Green/The Pavilion, Bruce Castle Park, N17 8NJ. Please register your expression of interest here.

Please do follow us on Twitter and Instagram using the handle @craftynolo for updates.

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Row 1: Minor Fragment, Brush & Botany, dmLDNcraft, Design With Flair

Row 2: Hatchling Makes, Arganic Beauty, Global Earthware, Mandy Treptow

Row 3: Second-Handmade, Shika Accessories, Witty Ditty Designs, Geo Fun Design

Row 4: Keské, Samantha Parker London, Crafted On Water, Pink Mushroom Designs

June 23rd TGGT Summer Makers Market & Garden Party!!!

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Preparations are well underway and boy do we have  great lineup instore for you!

Our designers and makers have been handpicked especially for you. They exhibit nothing short of perfection and you will not be disappointed. The products range from home decoration, clothing, knitware, jewellery, accessories, stationery and so much more.

We are delighted to announce two workshops, arm knitting by I MAKE KNOTS and geometric necklaces by Pink Mushroom Designs.

Bouncy castle, music, food and drink and most importantly, YOU, our community member.

This is an event for all, including our furry friends. Please do come along and say hi to old friends and new friends because let’s face it, our Tottenham community is pretty darn awesome, as it’s always been!

So, where will our get together take place? Funny you should ask! Nestled in the heart of North London, with excellent transport links and only 9 minutes on foot from White Hart Lane and 13 minutes from Bruce Grove Overground Stations, the market will be held in the prestigious Green Flag Award winner, Bruce Castle Park (The Pavilion- next to the tennis courts).

We look forward to seeing you!

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Photo credit: Hazel Brown, Discovering Tottenham

Application form here!.

Makers Corner: Tamika Johnston of Afro-Puff Ltd

Screenshot_20171108-012638_1Who is Afro-Puff Ltd?

Afro-puff Ltd is a UK based African inspired children’s clothing line which captures the beauty of African printed fabrics. My handmade range brings together the vibrancy of African textiles with unique playful elements and meticulous craftsmanship.

What inspired you to become a maker?

I have always loved to sew and have very early memories of having great fun making clothes for my dolls when I was little. I studied pattern-cutting for a while and then gave up the course to do a more professional degree. Whilst I don’t believe you should have regrets because everything in life happens for a reason, I can acknowledge that I always missed having a creative element in my life.

I can’t really pinpoint the exact moment I decided make children’s clothing because I feel as if the idea had been in my mind for a long time without me even being conscious of it. I wouldn’t say I’m a procrastinator, but I do have it in me to put things off until all the conditions are perfect! The decision to use African fabric was inevitable, I had always been in awe of wax print, the colours, the textures the significance of it, was a pull I couldn’t resist.

About a year ago, we had a death in the family and at the funeral, I learned about all the things this person had achieved and experienced by the time they were my age and it was just like a switch for me; stop pussy-footing around and just get on with it Tamika!
Within a few weeks, I had registered my company, made some clothes and put them on Etsy! From then on, I have just continued to make clothes and I’ve been enjoying every moment of it.

I find the making process relaxing. I put some music on and I’m in my element.

How is it owning your own business and juggling life?

Owning my own business is exhilarating, scary and fun. I have a full-time job and two children so at times it’s a bit manic. Let’s just say there’s always frozen pizza in the fridge so the family won’t starve when the muse takes me!

Thanks you very and do you have any parting word?

My favourite words of wisdom are by Susan Jeffers, “Feel the fear and do it anyway”

Sometimes we are our own worst critic and when we put ourselves out there and succeed, the rewards are amazing.

Afro-Puff Ltd

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