London's top 5 Craft & illustration Fairs

Applications and call out's for the Market season ahead are opening, don't miss your chance to exhibit at London's top craft and illustration fairs! I've rounded up some of my faves below;

Renegade Craft Fair 2018

Renegade Craft Fair 2018

  1. Crafty Fox These guys were at the forefront of the craft market scene and for that reason they know how to put on an amazing event that is a delight for customers and stallholders alike, now in residency at 'Mercato Metropolitano' in Borough
  2. The London Illustration Fair Aimed more at illustration but they have a wide variety of exhibitors and the space at the Oxo tower wharf is amazing! This is a long 3 and a half day event and it's constantly busy with visitors!
  3. Renegade Our friends from across the pond visit once a year to host an extravaganza of an event filling the Truman Brewery with an eclectic mix of the UK's best design, craft and illustration practitioners I've done this event three years in a row!
  4. Illustrator's Fair - The House of Illustration host a biannual illustrator's fair under the canopy outside their venue at Granary Square King's Cross, usually attracting close to 100 vendors the market is buzzing with inspiring work!
  5. Urban Maker's East - These guys are super on it, regularly hosting events, pop ups and markets around the East End of London in great venues
Exhibiting at the London Illustration Fair December 2018

Exhibiting at the London Illustration Fair December 2018

Top tips: If you are interested in applying to any markets now or in the future then get subscribed to their mailing list to hear about what opportunities are coming up and when to apply. Also many of them run really awesome blogs filled with top tips for getting prepped for a fair and articles on what to bring etc!

Blogtacular

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Well Blogtacular has been and gone and boy was it a good one!!! After attending last year as a market place vendor I was keen to go as a punter and get the full experience! 

I actually managed to bag a free ticket by winning the goodie bag design competition; illustrating a bloggers 'tool kit' But the conference isn't just aimed at bloggers, it's really for anyone running a creative business online. 

I chose to visit talks on SEO, Pinterest and writing as those are my weak spots that need brushing up! But the conference started off with a light hearted photo walk gathering content for the ever greedy 'gram! :D

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Irina Kirchuk; Cloudburst

Irina Kirchuk; Cloudburst

I was super happy to be in Emma Jane Palin's group as she'd put together a Photo walk through colourful Peckham taking in The Bussey Building Courtyard, Bold Tendencies at Franks & Peckham Levels 

I loved these fly-posters by Fandangoe Kid which felt very bold and feminist, also the installation on Franks roof by Irina Kirchuk which saw everyday objects painted wild colours and assembled unexpectedly! Plus the newly painted building in the Bussey Building courtyard by Katrina Russell Adams was the perfect backdrop for getting some colourful snaps of my products! 

We finished by grabbing a cocktail at Near and Far Bar in Peckham Levels which had a very retro tropical vibe which I enjoyed as I happened to be rocking some Hawaiian print myself!

Fandangoe Kid

Fandangoe Kid

Emma Jane Palin Demonstrating how you work a sofa AND a suit!

Emma Jane Palin Demonstrating how you work a sofa AND a suit!

Katrina Russell Adams backdrop with growling tiger patch by Jacqueline Colley

Katrina Russell Adams backdrop with growling tiger patch by Jacqueline Colley

The following day was an early start as I needed to pop some finishing touches to the Paper cut, photo back drop I'd designed for the event! We were lucky enough to get sponsorship from GF Smith meaning I could work with their beautiful Colorplan papers  to make the display! I used a palette of Bright Red, New Blue, Sorbet Yellow, Candy Pink and Pistachio, echoing the branding of Blogtacular! 

The rest of the day was an inspirational whirlwind!!! I attended keynote talks by Anthony Burrill amazing graphic designer and typographer and host of 'Raise your hand say YES' Podcast Tiffany Han  plus workshops on; Pinterest by  @annasterntaler, SEO by @xomisse & writing by @greta.solomon (mind literally blown).

I was left with an information hangover BUT more importantly as the days go by I'm feeling more equipped and excited to tackle my business with fresh energy & new ideas! It's so important to invest a little time in yourself I reckon that you end up reaping the rewards further down the line! Watch out for more blog posts coming your way concerning making a living in illustration as well as balancing your mental well being when you work from home! 

Paper Cut Tropical Flowers and Foliage by Jacqueline Colley

Paper Cut Tropical Flowers and Foliage by Jacqueline Colley

Paper Cut Photo Back drop by Jacqueline Colley using GF Smith papers

Paper Cut Photo Back drop by Jacqueline Colley using GF Smith papers

Christmas Markets

It's that time of year again! I'll be popping up at a couple of Creative Christmas Markets selling an array of tropical patterned products including my new zip purses. Alongside a growing selection of Risograph and Screen prints! I'm getting lots of new limited editions ready as I'm excited to be taking part in The London Illustration Fair at the Oxo Tower, Barge house on the 1st to the 3rd of December. It's an event that I've really enjoyed visiting for the past few years so I'm very happy to be involved. I'll also be at Renegade the following weekend and a late night Crafty Fox at the Geffrye Museum. I would love to see you at one or all of these pop ups so please come by and say hi! :D

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Market time!

Holiday season is almost upon us and that means applying to lots of Craft Markets and Illustration Fairs! This year I'm excited to be taking part in a couple of Crafty Fox Markets which I always love! (You can see all my event listing at the top right hand side of my blog) I'm also applying to take part in Renegade Craft Fair which I've loved doing as an annual event for the last two years! Another fair which I've enjoyed visiting in the past but I'm a newbie to applying is The London Illustration Fair which has an awesome location! So fingers crossed for getting accepted to lots of markets and having a busy season! Here are a couple of snaps from events this summer so you can see what my market set up might look like!

RHS Urban Garden Show

RHS Urban Garden Show

House of Illustration Summer Fair

House of Illustration Summer Fair

Renegade 2016

Renegade 2016

Sample by Hemingway Design

I had such a fab time at the DIY Market this weekend such a great turnout so massive thank you to everyone who popped by and said hello! Thought I'd mention my next event which is taking place at the Greenwich Peninsula which has become a real hub of creative activity! Curated by Hemingway Design it's called Sample and is one of many exciting events being cooked up by that team!