[What’s On]: We Make London turns 5!!

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Last Friday evening I hurried along to We Make London’s 5th birthday party at the Camden Lock Place (West Yard) straight after work (and before scooting off to a dinner party!). I had been to their first markets held at Camden back in April which showcased works of some of London’s talented designer-makers I had the privilege to meet (if you remember my blogpost from back then), so I was delighted to have made it out to this special evening that commemorated their 5 successful years! The handmade market took place in the morning (they hold these twice a month) and the celebrations took place later that evening between 630pm and 830pm. They also launched their pop-up shop that ran the entire week that followed which I obviously had a good nosey through that evening before the second half of the celebrations began – and of course, taking tons of photos (no surprises there!) :P  It stocked some seriously stunning work by We Make London designers such as Kate Rowland, And Smile, Lizzes Beautiful Art, Triptych Designs, SannaPanda and many others – I have to confess that I found it rather hard to refrain myself from buying everything in there!

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BLOG_STRIP_we-make-london-5thDSC_3182-WEBAnd then come 7:30pm we had a young emerging artist called Tora Lambie (apparently only 13 years of age!!) who opened the catwalk show by Fashion Meets Music with her stunning version of Valerie. I think I can speak for everyone there that her voice totally blew us all away – definitely one to keep an eye out for!! DSC_3262-WEBBLOG_STRIP_we-make-london-5th2DSC_3549-WEBThe models soon made their appearance, bravely strutting their stuff along the cobbled runway in ridiculously high heels! My hats off to them for totally rocking the runway and giving us photographers some serious attitude at the end! They showed off fashion accessories designed by some of We Make London designers such as  Boubou Designs along with Fashion Meets Music designers such as The Far Away Tree Collection and Annaliese Dayes (who’s appeared on both Britain’s Next Top Model and America’s Next Top Model). DSC_3286-WEB(above: Hats and fascinators by Hatastic)

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As you can see from my photos (which only show you a glimpse of all the fun that night), it was an awesome evening of fun and frolics – I even arrived late to my dinner party just to stay on till the end of the Catwalk! :D All credit goes to Mary of We Make London and the Camden Lock press team for a fantastic fashion soirée. And a massive thank you for the fabulous goody bag I received (see below) ….the contents of which I will disclose in my next write-up – such amazing things inside, I felt it deserved its own separate blogpost!! ;) And how awesome is the cake they had specially made for that evening?!?!!! DSC_3134-WEB DSC_3592-webAnyway, I hope you like what you see! Please do pop along to their markets which are held on the 1st and 3rd Friday’s of each month – it really is well worth the visit! Stay tuned for more on what came out of that goody bag!! xx

[What’s On]: We Make London at Camden Lock Markets

892235_10200703947498443_554630354_oI’ve always been a big fan of Camden Town for all it’s chaos and eclectic mix of people and culture, and not forgetting the diverse range of markets that include crafts, clothing, bric-a-brac, vintage treasures and street food. If you haven’t ever been – you must! Mind you, it can be a bit overcrowded with tourists (and you may find that some places exploit this)  but it’s for this unique experience that you find Camden Town now a must-go destination in London. And if you’re into street photography….well, you couldn’t ask for a better backdrop! :)

So this Friday I took a stroll around Camden Lock Markets to  check out the new handmade market stalls organised by We Make London. They are a creative organisation who’s aims are to bring together talented designer-makers in the UK and showcase their work at craft fairs and events. This was their first market at Camden for what will become a more regular thing – running on the first and third Friday of each month from April to September…..so if you do fancy checking them out then pencil these dates in as I know for a fact that they would appreciate your support! Anyhoo, I got chatting to a few friendly and talented ladies that afternoon – including the lovely Viktorija of AndSmile who I had bought a couple of brooches from on Etsy a few weeks back so it was really nice to finally put a face to a name! Oh and I couldn’t help buy a set of teapot+teacup earrings from her too….seriously I do love her stuff and if you look at her Etsy shop (or my photos below), you’ll see why!!! I treated myself to a couple more handcrafted goodies; a vintage floral button badge by Celia Reid,  a hand-painted bunny brooch by Lizzes Beautiful Art (I know, I do love my brooches!) and an adorable giant panda illustration by Sarah of Fur Feathers And Tails which I must get framed asap! It really was an absolute pleasure meeting them all and no doubt bump into them again at another event! Here’s a peek at some of the photos I captured that afternoon which includes my purchases! :) xx DSC_2588 web DSC_2582 web DSC_2583 web
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