Talented Venezuelan artist-ceramist Juan Victor Cobos will be making his London debut at Red Hot Octopus with his classy ceramic teapots, bowls, vases and other creations. Juan is inspired by the Andean mountains where he grew up and developed his passion for ceramics. For more, see: http://www.roraimaceramics.com
We are very pleased to be welcoming Gauzy Jackal to the Red Hot Octopus Pop Up Fair on 9 May! Looking for the unique gift? Gauzy Jackal sells a broad range of hand crafted items from stylish coasters to knitwear, bunting to pot holders, jewellery to hand-printed gift tags.
Everything is handmade, one of a kind, and made using sustainable, recycled and eco-friendly materials wherever possible. Please visit http://www.gauzyjackal.com to see more of the range.
The second leg of our tour of great London craft fairs this weekend took us to the slick and professional Renegade Craft Fair held at the Old Truman Brewery on Brick Lane. Promoting the ‘modern Maker community’ since 2003, Renegade is a huge American indie-craft organisation with fairs in seven cool US cities including LA, NYC, Seattle and San Fran as well as London.
Here for the first time during spring, Renegade (we love the name!) was host to countless design, craft and maker talents of the highest calibre. Some of the highlights included hand crafted woodwork, concrete plant pots, beautiful ceramics, animal prints and gorgeous tapestries. Every stall was impeccably laid out and the atmosphere was buzzing. It was almost a design overload – there just wasn’t enough time to stop and give every stall the time it deserved to appreciate the products on offer. We were certainly impressed.
Next we visited the Crafty Fox Market, which, as its name suggests, is rather more underground than Renegade. Tucked into a graffiti-decorated yard in Peckham central, and featuring DJs spinning the decks as well as a bar serving alcohol, this venue was all about cool. There were mural designers at the front door and images of the sharply dressed Fox abound. Dozens of stalls across two floors of action gave an intimate feel, all the crafts fitting well with the trendy surrounds, and many with animal themes incorporated. Loads of creativity and great vibes. We particularly liked the dinosaur accessories, the wooden jewellery and the kids colouring table. Crafty Fox is back again in Brixton in a couple of weeks’ time.
Lastly we had a lovely time at the pop up vintage fair in Sydenham. There was a very good range, with some great, quirky upcycled furniture, vinyl records, clothes and other top vintage stands including some original 1930s print greeting cards. Great to see a community centre hosting this pop up fair and drawing people down to SE26 – there should be many more pop ups like this one!
Stylish comfort for your living room! Beautiful Blighty Blooms cushions, well known in London’s craft fairs and markets for its wide range of cushions using British wool, tweed and other natural, vintage and recycled materials will be at Red Hot Octopus on 9 May. All cushions, corsages and hair decorations are hand made (knitted or sewn), each one made from small batches of wool or pieces of tweed, using vintage buttons and backings.
Blighty Blooms is proud to use British wool and tweed and help revitalise our ancient wool production heritage. Our tweed industry is one of amazing artistry and talent in producing some of the most world’s finest and most beautiful cloth. Blighty Blooms helps make it accessible to a wider audience.
Much of the tweed is sourced directly from Isle of Harris producers or from Scottish Border tweed mills. ‘Range tweed’ is particularly prized – this is trial or experimental tweed produced by mills for their own reference when they are trying out various textures, patterns and colours. It is only produced in small runs so that almost every cushion produced from it is a one off. It gives a wonderful rich patchwork effect to the cushions made from it.
See more at http://www.blightyblooms.co.uk and purchase on Saturday 9 May at the Red Hot Octopus Pop Up Fair in Waterloo.
So we began an Easter tour of some of London’s local craft fairs today – kicking off with the SE20 Craft Fair at Kenilworth Hall in Penge. Around 20 stalls in all, the perfect number for the size of the hall, and plenty of visitors despite London feeling quite empty for the Easter weekend. Some lovely stalls selling embroidery, cafetiere cosies, millinery, baby bibs, flowers, jams, prints, cakes and cupcakes, and many others too, plus face painting for kids. Nice local vibe and we came away with some yummy coconut jam.
Staying in southeast London, next it was up the road to the Horniman Museum’s Easter Craft Fair in SE23. Smashing venue, with its views across London, and encouraging to see all the flowers coming out in the gardens despite spring’s late arrival this year! The Horniman has a weekly farmer’s market on Saturdays so the craft fair was blended in with the fresh local produce today. Crafters were split between the beautiful Victorian conservatory, the new pavilion behind the mini-farm and some were scattered among the farmers’ produce too. We saw some delightful tartan cushions, great SE London local prints and coasters, beauty products, bibs, babygrows, bedroom decorations, handmade jewellery and faux taxidermy heads! Quite an eclectic selection and all beautifully crafted. A fab market, and continuing tomorrow, Easter Sunday, too!
Specialists in family photography and official photographers of The Portland Hospital, Imagethirst will be at Red Hot Octopus in Waterloo on Saturday 9 May with some incredible offers on their photo shoots. Imagethirst use a blend of traditional, contemporary, and creative photography to capture striking, unforgettable and very personal images. For more information, see http://www.imagethirst.com/ and visit Red Hot Octopus!
Another great brand – Mai Visti silk scarves and textiles are in the line up for our first ever Red Hot Octopus Pop Up Fair on 9 May 2015! UK-designed and Italian-made, these luxury silk scarves are the perfect design accessories for today’s urban culture. See more at http://www.maivisti.co.uk/ and at Red Hot Octopus on 9 May!
We are delighted to announce that El&So luxury natural skincare products will be joining our pop up fair on 9 May! El&So’s products are timeless and modern, inspired by the cosmopolitan woman’s desire for exceptional skin care products made from natural ingredients. Come and try them!
We are extremely happy to have Must Wear Designs and its very famous Chocolaticas in our first ever “Red hot octopus pop up” in Waterloo, London “Con sabor venezolano” Looking forward to seeing you on 9 May!
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