September 27, 2011

Bermondsey Street Festival

Last weekend was another busy one for us as we took part in the annual Bermondsey Street Festival. It was our first time to have a stall at this event, and we had such a great time. The festival felt very relaxed and intimate and many of the local businesses got involved too. The day was jam packed with lots going on. From fashion shows on the tennis courts, dog show, chinese dragon dance, kung fu demonstrations, live bands, lots of delicious food stalls and quirky craft stalls too. There was even live performance/plays dotted around the market, total randomness, but all good fun!

September 23, 2011

Bermondsey Street Festival

It's nearly the weekend! Just a quick post to let you know that we've got a stall at Bermondsey Street Festival tomorrow, by Tanner Street. From 11am to 5pm. Pop by and say hello! More info here.

September 22, 2011

Calling all designers + Makers!

It's that time of year again, we're starting to think about organising our annual Christmas Pop-Up Market! If you're interested in getting involved, do drop us an email with samples of your work. Also, feel free to forward this on to any friends you think maybe interested too. Date and venue yet to be confirmed.

September 19, 2011

BLOG CHAT 11_VICTORIA SPRUCE



We would like to introduce you to Victoria Spruce, a footwear designer based in London. Her designs are sculptural, abstract and unique. Victoria has recently graduated with an MA in Womenswear Footwear from Royal College of Art (2011), and has previously achieved a 1st Class BA(Hons) in Footwear Design at Cordwainers, London College of Fashion (2008). Victoria has worked successfully as a footwear designer for a high street wholesaler and supplier but is now keen to develop her own more creatively experimental collections. Find out more here.

1. WHY ARE YOU WHAT YOU ARE?
Weirdly, I've always known that I wanted to design shoes. I can't remember a time that I didn't know! It was only when I finished my A levels that someone recommended to me the Footwear BA at Cordwainers, London College of Fashion and I was lucky enough to be accepted without studying a foundation in art first. The degree was 4 years and it ignited my love for shoes even further, so after working for a year I then decided to complete an MA at Royal College of Art where I was lucky enough to be accepted as one of two students for womenswear footwear. And that was 2 years ago... so now I have just very recently graduated and I'm out into the big bad world of trying to develop my collection into something that I can sell!

2. IF YOU WEREN'T A DESIGNER WHAT WOULD YOU BE?
I think that if I wasn't designing fashion then I'd probably be selling it instead. I've had a few part time jobs within clothing and shoe stores, and I actually find that really enjoyable too... so perhaps I would start my own boutique specialising in new upcoming and undiscovered designers. Or alternatively, people always seem to think on my appearance that I am hairdresser, so maybe I'd give that a go!!

3. HOW DO YOU OVERCOME A DESIGNER'S BLOCK?
Ahh, good old designers block... it happens, and its a nightmare when it does. But I find that fretting over the fact that I can't design what I want to just makes the whole situation worse and the block becomes harder to budge. I find the best thing to do is walk away. There is no point trying to force something. I think creativity is a very fluid organic development and you have to let it naturally occur. So in my case, I take a day off, or maybe two if I can afford to, relax, try not to think about it, and then I find it will gradually come when I do sit down to it again.

4. WHAT ARE YOU WORKING ON AT THE MOMENT?
I'm currently trying to work out my next steps in terms of developing my shoes for production. I have the designs and the samples but I now want to push it further onto the next step.

5. EARLY BIRD OR NIGHT OWL?
Definite night owl... my brain doesn't really function before lunch time!

6. WHAT DO YOU TREAT YOURSELF TO FOR ELEVENSES?
Crisps... unfortunately!

7. MY FAVE COLOUR IS...?
It changes constantly! I don't think I can pinpoint one exactly. I always tend to use quite neutral colours in my designs though.

8. MY FAVE SMELL IS....?
Petrol...!

9. IF YOUR HOUSE WAS ON FIRE, WHAT 3 THINGS WOULD YOU SAVE?
1 - My laptop because it has all my work, music and photos on it
2 - My handbag, because just having recently had mine stolen, I now realise how much I rely on its contents everyday.
3 - My Boyfriend!

10. WHAT IS YOUR FAVE BLOG?
The Sartorialist, I love the collection of photo's that he posts.

September 18, 2011

Sheep Couture

While roaming around London, we stumbled across Esprit's collaboration with The Royal College of Art project, The Sheep Couture Collection. The RCA invited graduating Knitwear students to create a collection for Esprit. The outcome was fun and interesting, and the winning entrants had their quirky designs made with british yarns and are being showcased in their stores for a limited time only. Some of the pieces are quite sculptural and the more wearable pieces are available for sale to the public too. Well worth a peek, check out the mini pop-up gallery spaces in Esprit stores around London. The show catalogue is also really well designed and quirky! Illustrations are by Kevin Lyons.

September 13, 2011

Thames Festival Weekender!

We've had a very busy week last week, what with getting preparations ready for our stall at this years Mayor's Thames Festival. We launched our Tree Series prints at the event too. The location of our stall was amazing, we had the most wonderful view of the Thames. The 2 day event was great fun, and our friends and families popped by to say hi too, which was a nice surprise! We managed to survive some of the rainy showers luckily and had a good time. Meeting lots of interesting people and soaking in the buzzy atmosphere. Here are some pics from the weekend.

September 11, 2011

Thanks!

Last week was a very busy week for us, preparing for the Thames Festival, which was this weekend gone. We asked Hato press to print our tree series for us. We were amazed by the vibrancy of the colours, and we're so happy with the end result! They featured us on their 'Print of the week' section. Thanks Hato! you did an amazing job printing them. These prints were on sale on our stall at the Thames Festival. They will also be launched on our shop in a couple of weeks.


September 08, 2011

Come join us at the Thames Festival at the Crafty Fox Pop-Up Market

We have a market stall in front of the Tate Modern and by the Founders Arms pub as part of the Crafty Fox Pop-up Market. The Thames Festival is a 2 day event opening from 12noon until 10pm this weekend. It celebrates London and its iconic river the Thames – there will be market stalls, dancing, live music and to end the festival fireworks on Sunday evening.

We're launching some new cards and prints which we've made for the market. They're not online yet but will be very soon. We'll also be selling some vintage items, our tree towels and other designers products that we're proud to have on Our Shop. We hope you can stop by to say hello! And please keep your fingers crossed it doesn't rain!


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