Yesterday I went to the Makers Market meeting down in Brixton. The organisers Stuart, John and Lisa invited current and new makers to give them feed back on the last market and update us on developments. Stuart and John have been traders in Brixton Market for some time, have set up the Makers Market as a not for profit community enterprise, to give the project a community feel which was evident from last nights meeting. We will have lights on the 12th November which should add jolly feel. We had helpful hints and tips on display techniques and are encouraged to sell our wares at the other shops within the area. The local shop traders are happy with the new market as it has increased revenue for them and footfall is up by 6000 according to Lambeth’s monitoring system. so things are looking promising . The Makers Market is also linked in to another local initiative called Makerhood which is an online trading site for makers, where the maker agrees to deliver the produce and meet the buyer.
A good book for reference is ‘The Handmade Market Place” by Keri Chapin which covers online and market ideas and advice, especially useful is the chapter on taking photo’s of your work . I have been working on this…..
Some of my plastic bag patchwork/quilted oyster card holders on display