Monday, August 29, 2011

Preview: Crafty Fox Night School

Don't miss 'Night School' at the Crafty Fox Market this Thursday. You will find all the action on the 1st floor of the Dogstar from 6-10pm. 

  • Learn how to make an origami bracelet with Vicky from Stars n'Scars
  • The Girls from Stitch Balham will be busy knitting and will welcome anyone who would like to join them
  • Viv Moriarty will be teaching crochet skills
  • Elena from Dreamy Me will be holding a drawing workshop, she invites you to draw a representation of Brixton on a postcard. 
  • With Gillian from Crafty Pint, you will have the opportunity to make a bow tie or fascinator from vintage fabric. One for the guys and the gals

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Full Marks for Homework Collective


Mr Fox was delighted to receive an application for the Night Market from talented local designers, HomeWork Collective. Jonathan (pictured far left) is usually found behind the bar at our events, pulling pints and chatting with customers at the Dogstar. This time, he's going to be selling his own creations. 

"HomeWork Collective is made up of three designers Adam Martin, Andrew Walker and Jonathan Hood. Coming from different backgrounds (illustration, furniture design and fine art) we share a sense of humour shifting from the surreal to sarcasm and bordering on the sick. We aim to bring something a bit weirder to a sector dominated by coolness.

"HomeWork is small T-shirt design label specialising in hand printed limited edition T-shirts. The name of the company originating from the conditions we work under from bedroom designing to kitchen based printing. We use these conditions to our advantage keeping print runs small and ideas fresh. This allows us to focus on the quality of the design and the physicality of the transfer from screen to shirt.

"Most recent designs have been examining paparazzi, pets, bad tattoo ideas, what ifs, and fictional rock bands. We combine free hand drawing, with collage, tracing, and digital manipulation. We print from silk screens usually between 1 to 3 colours. Simplicity is the key to keeping the designs, look and ethos of the company in the right place.

"We are a relatively new label we started in February this year after a chance meeting between me and Andrew Walker commonly known as Spud! We studied in Manchester together but had not seen each other in 5 years. That got the ball rolling and I soon asked Adam Martin to join our new enterprise. Since then things have snowballed for us. We won a CASS creative start up award at University of the Arts artsmart market and we are looking forward to taking part in their follow up event at the Thames festival.

"First up though is the Crafty Fox night market at the Dogstar on the 1st of September. I’m really looking forward to this event after seeing firsthand what a great market it is from my tactical viewpoint behind the bar. Only this time I get to enjoy it as opposed to watching begrudgingly through the mist of my hangover and serving everybody else drinks!"

You will also find Crafty Fox at the Thames Festival as part of the Craft Trail. Our pop up crafty wonderland will be nestled between the trees next to the Tate Modern. Pay us a visit to discover a fabulous selection of designer makers and take part in one of our free workshops, which are sponsored by Etsy.com. Find out more here

Monday, August 22, 2011

Tunes to Tap Your Paws To.....



Returning to the Dogstar on Thursday 1st September for the Night Market are Brixton based DJs Hwen Rascale, Chris and Mhardi who will be dishing up a diverse selection of crafty cutz from across the musical spectrum. Catch them between 6-10pm as you have a drink and browse the stalls.
Hwen Rascale can be found behind the booth at many a London venue most weekends.  Join him for Rappers Rockers and Ravers at Venn Street records on Saturday 10th September.  A great after party for Crafty Fox at the Thames Festival methinks.
Chris will be known to many as one of the friendly faces at United80.  If you haven’t checked out United80 yet make sure you call into Brixton Village pronto. In their own words, they  'sell a lovingly hand-picked array of titles and genres spanning the music cosmos'.  They also stock beautiful leather bags and accessories by N'Damus and handmade clothing by Geometric Designs. You will find N'Damus selling her unique creations at the Night Market.  Chris is one half of Hands on Family along with his very lovely wife Cyndi.  You can catch them spinning on various nights in Brixton Village.
Finally thanks to Mhardi for linking us up with his full length house and disco mix called It’s the sound of the 1980s.  Did someone say oldskool?    

It's The Sound Of The 1980s by mixitmuzik

Monday, August 15, 2011

Night School at the The Crafty Fox


Join us on Thursday 1st September for our night market at the Dogstar, Brixton. The fun starts at 6pm and there will be goodie bags on offer for the first 30 through the doors. As always, the cream of London's designer makers will be displaying their handmade offerings which range from quirky knitted beards by Brixton local Hairy Molly through to beautiful Vintage accessories from Eddie and Mabel.

Have a drink, browse the stalls, listen to the Crafty Fox DJ's, play some pub games (table-top skittles anyone?) then climb the stairs to the first floor where you will find The Crafty Fox Night School. Here you can try your hand at knitting with the girls from Stitch Balham or Crochet with Viv Moriarty. If jewellery is more your thing, why not learn how to make an origami bracelet with Vicky of Stars & Scars. Finally, one for the guys and the girls, make a bow-tie or fascinator out of vintage fabric with Gillian from Crafty Pint. Night school on the first floor is the perfect place to brush up your skills or learn some new ones.

You can invite your friends along by clicking on the facebook event.