Thursday, 22 September 2011

Crafty Fox Night Market

By guest blogger Lizzie Evans of Look Who Has A Blog
Last Thursday saw the lovely people behind Crafty Fox transform the Dogstar in Brixton into a haven for craft lovers, as they brought their popular pop-up market back to town.

Crammed with market stalls selling everything from handmade jewellery and cushions, to vintage clothes and artwork, the night market saw over 1000 guests flock to the Dogstar on the search for cheap and affordable items.
Stand out stalls included the ever-popular Hairy Molly, with their signature knitted beards and moustaches, as well as the spectacularly unique handmade jewellery from Storm in a Cup.I particularly liked the hand-drawn ceramics designed by the talented illustrator Jimbobart. Each piece is 100% unique, and guaranteed to bring a smile to everyone’s face with his punchy quotes and quirky drawings.
There was also the chance for you to get a little hands-on yourself, with the Crafty Fox Night School, held upstairs, away from the hustle and bustle below. It provided you with the opportunity to brush up on, or learn a new range of skills including knitting, crochet, and sewing.
 Workshops ranged from making origami bracelets with Vicky from Stars ‘n’ Scars, to learning how to knit with Stitch Balham. There was also the chance to make crochet doilies with Viv Moriarty and opportunities to design Brixton influenced postcards with Elena from Dreamy Me.

 I really enjoyed my workshop with the charming Gillian from Crafty Pint. She was providing people with the opportunity to make bow ties from vintage fabric. It was nice to get away for the extremely busy market and just relax to the sound of people chattering and getting along.

The infectious cocktail of handmade arts and crafts and hands-on workshops made it a great night, with local DJ’s spinning a hypnotic blend of contemporary and reggae, providing the soundtrack for the night. It made you completely forget you were in the centre of Brixton.
Everything on sale was affordable, and well worth its price. And the atmosphere of the night was amazing! Definitely one to look out for if you are a craft fan, or just interested in trying something new.
For those of you that don’t know, Crafty Fox is the brainchild of Brixton local Sinead Koehler, jewellery maker for Galavant. The market was launched in 2010 to provide a platform for emerging designers to showcase their work in a community-driven and creative atmosphere.

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  1. What an amazing event, I would have loved to have been there!
    Faye xo

  2. Look out for our Christmas Markets back at the Dogstar on 10th and 11th December!


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