Thursday, September 15, 2011

Foxy Fun in the Heart of London

After more than 6 months of planning, there was great excitement in the run up to our pop up market at the Thames Festival. All the stall holders were frantically making things and planing their stall layouts while we were busy planning the decor, workshops and logistics.

Our Night Market at the Dogstar, 10 days prior to the big weekend, was an excellent warm up and got everyone in the mood for more Crafty Fox fun. Emerging from our cosy den at the Dogstar, we spent the following week closely watching the weather forecast and willing the Met Office to be wrong.

Finally, the big weekend arrived - boxes were packed, vans loaded, balloons inflated, signs erected and and much coffee consumed. Our aim was to recreate as much of the Dogstar vibe as possible in an outside space - Vintage lampshades, bunting and records adorned the trees.

There was a steady flow of visitors to our crafty wonderland over the weekend. Guests were delighted to discover such an array of amazing crafts.  They enjoyed chatting to the stall holders and asking questions about their processes as well as the opportunity to get 'hands-on' in our workshop den.

We were really happy to see the popularity of the Craft Trail concept with many people following Mike Hall's beautifully illustrated map. Thank you to all who contributed to this project and in particular to Sanna Panda who did a lot of the hard work in putting it together along with Craft Guerrilla, We Make London and of Cabbages and Kings.

Photo courtesy of EtsyUK

Another highlight of the weekend was live art by the wonderful Jimbobart who created 'Mr Fox and Friends' on his preferred canvas of ceramic plates.

Photo courtesy of EtsyUK

On the Sunday we were delighted to be joined by EtsyUK and The School for Creative Startups who joined forces under the banner of 'The Create Cafe'. Tea and cake came courtesy of the talented ladies from The Teas Knees. The School for Creative Startups is a social enterprise fouded by Doug Richard of Dragon's Den fame. Doug was one of a team of experienced business people providing free mentoring sessions. 
You can find more photos from the weekend here

The only regret from the weekend was not having a chance to check out all the other wonderful things taking place at the same time. The line-up of events and activities sounded amazing and friends who visited other parts of the festival had lots of good things to say.

Next up, we are off to 'Hello Etsy' in Berlin, then we will be opening applications for the Christmas Markets (10th & 11th December at The Dogstar, Brixton).

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