A few weeks ago I was invited to a fun blogger workshop and ‘Meet the Maker’ event at the brand new curated pop-up shop, Makers & Friends near Angel tube station in Islington, London.
If you haven’t yet seen it, Makers & Friends is a roving pop-up shop for independent designer makers, allowing fresh start-up companies to sell their work, possibly for the first time, on the high-street.
The shop is the brainchild of Zen Zhou, an independent maker herself, who now curates the shop, selecting the best independent British makers to showcase and sell their wares.
I was thrilled to be invited to their inaugral workshop on the week of their launch along with a handful of bloggers from the Creative Bloggers Facebook group. I chat to many of these girls online pretty regularly with the weekly #cbloggers Twitter chat, but it was so nice to meet them in person.
Zen hosted a wire-working workshop for us, where we tried to shape our name from some wire to turn it into a necklace. We certainly had some mixed results (Natasha’s necklace read ‘Carl’), but it was great fun trying, and we were easily distracted by the party rings!
After our workshop, we browsed the shop and had a chat with the resident makers who popped along to say hello. They were a super friendly bunch, and all had inspirational start-up stories to tell.
I particularly enjoyed meeting Rosanna Clare for the first time, a leather worker (and ex-teacher), whose workshops I’ve been dying to attend at Tea & Crafting for some time (you might remember that I did a knitting workshop there back in Jan) – one of these days!
We also admired the handmade soap and products from Stella Says whose enthusiasm for her range was so contagious, as well as some beautifully packaged beauty products from Isla Apothecary, and gorgeous illustrated silk scarves from the hugely talented Volpine.
Thanks for the invite Zen!