We Make London popped up for its Christmas Fair this weekend in Battersea Arts Centre; and it being so local I had to go along. We Make London are a collective of designer makers who united to create shopping event that takes a break from the High street monotony. Aware that it's so difficult to get your product out to a wider audience and into stores; they just set up events themselves and used their crafty network, knitting clubs and blogs to spread the word. They've be doing this for nearly 4 years and this years Christmas Fair was another success. With over 80 stalls of designer makers it was difficult to pick out my favourites but here are some of them. Mary Kilvert is a wonderful illustrator and designer; and creator of a fine herd of sheep that can now be found on her own mugs and cushions and prints. You can even get your own wooly member of the herd.
Claire Scully or the The Quiet Revolution creates some stunning digital images of animals. I loved this image of the mischevious foxes. Do check out her site for her amazing Badger and many other creatures.
Suzy Taylor is a paper cutting artist inspired by North American and European Folk Art. All her work is hand drawn then cut with a craft knife. From these she makes prints as well as selling her original work.
I loved this sewing pack by One of a Kind. It may be called Make One but in the pack you have enough fabric, thread and ribbons to make all the pieces picture in front.
SannaPanda and Strikk held a stall together of their knitted and felted designs. They're both hiding behind their wares in this picture. Tanya was knitting the whole time we chatted - theres dedication!
And not to worry if you missed the fair this time... they'll be craftily plotting their next adventure very soon; just add them to your blogroll to find out what they're up to next!