Tuesday, October 30, 2012

New Poster for The Crafty Fox Christmas Markets

This time around Crafty Fox is joined by the cute MC "Ghetto" Badger on the turntables.   We absolutely love this.  Another genius creation from the talented Jimbobart.   Catch him selling at the market in December and look out for the posters and flyers in Brixton and surrounding areas.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Hand-Picked

Have you checked out the listings of amazing designer makers who will be joining us for our Christmas Markets on 8th and 9th December? We are really excited to see this talented bunch transform The Dogstar from drinking den into a crafty wonderland.

The task of selecting stall holders was more difficult than ever this year due to the volume and quality of the applications. There really is an amazing wealth of talent out there. We are really pleased that The Crafty Fox Market is attracting new talent from around the UK and beyond.






The Selection Process
For this edition of The Crafty Fox Market, we were honored to be joined by two guest curators - craft writer Perri Lewis and Emy of the wonderful Brixi in Brixton Village. Look out for Perri's new book 'Material World', released next month. I've had a sneak peak of a few pages and it is beautifully produced. And if you are in Brixton anytime soon, make sure you visit Emy's shop and see if you can spot any items from Crafty Fox stallholders past and present. Brixi has to be one of the most skillfully decorated shops I have ever seen. Here's what singing sensation Jessie Ware had to say about it on twitter: 

"‘I went in there looking for birthday cards and I came out having put a deposit on a piece of art. The owner Emy always supports young artists and she has a very generous spirit. She’s got really interesting and beautiful stuff in there"


Perri pondering 
We had a really fun evening with each of them, supping on wine and munching on some home cooked food while going through the hundreds of applications. There were a pre-determined number of spaces up for grabs in each category which meant that the most heavily subscribed jewellery and illustration categories were particularly competitive.

If you missed out this time but are interested in applying for future markets, make sure you have signed up to our mailing list where we always announce new events first. 


Sunday, October 14, 2012

Getting to know you

Jimbobart, Me & Stephan taken after the 1st Crafty Fox Market
As I mentioned in my previous post, I am currently taking part in a blogging course. As part of my homework, I was tasked with re-vamping the 'About Us' section of the blog. In the original version, we were being shy foxes and had asked our friend Claire from Letter Lounge to write about us. Claire did a wonderful job, describing Crafty Fox as a 'kind and caring market'. This time, after several re-drafts, I've taken the plunge and written this section myself.

I've also updated the photo to a more recent one taken at the recent Jubilee celebrations in Battersea Park on a wet day. Unbelievably we don't have any decent photos of both of us together at a Crafty Fox Market - I guess we are usually too busy running around on market days to stop for photos. Hopefully I will be able to update this with an 'action' shot after the Christmas Markets.

As part of the course, I learned that there is no 'formula' for this section of a blog and it can be as detailed or minimal as you choose. I opted for a half-way point between the two - let me know what you think. I'd love your feedback and also to see your own bio pages - feel free to leave me your links in the comments section below.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Crafting a Blog


Photo credit: Hownowdesign

There are many elements to the running of Crafty Fox Market and this blog is one which has a lot of potential but doesn't see as much action as it deserves. I'm not a confident blogger and as a result often spend a long time putting posts together. Not being a technical person, I tend to find that I spend far too long fiddling around with photos and placing text on the page. 

With the aim of shaking things up a bit, I recently signed up to the 'Blogging Your Way' course  run by Holly Becker of Decor8 fame. It's a self-paced online course with students taking part from all over the world. So far, topics covered have included 'The Importance of Being Authentic' and 'Blogging Trends'.  Holly uses a variety of formats including articles, podcasts and videocasts. This keeps it interesting and makes it enjoyable to learn.  I'm finding it really thought-provoking and hopefully you will notice an improvement in both quality and quantity of blog posts as a result.  The course lasts for 4 weeks so I will report back again at the end.