New Makers' Club promotes local creativity across Lambeth
9:55am Wednesday 25th September 2013 in News
The social enterprise Makerhood, is launching a new Makers’ Club in Lambeth to promote local makers, markets, classes and events and help local craftspeople, artists and producers set up and develop their businesses. The Makers’ Club will bring different makers together to provide support and advice, promote their work and create links with local businesses, leading to discounts and exclusive and collaborative selling opportunities.
The local community also benefits from being able to buy locally made goods, attend local events and learn new creative skills.
Led by volunteers, Makerhood was set up in July 2011 and already works with makers in Brixton, Camberwell, Clapham, Herne Hill and Stockwell. Last October it set up a branch in Norwood covering West Norwood, Streatham and Crystal Palace.
Now, after a successful pitch, Makerhood has secured funding from the Lambeth Innovation Fund to support the forthcoming roll out across Lambeth and is planning a series of meetings across the borough to encourage local makers to join up.
Kristina Glushkova, cofounder of Makerhood, says: “In the past two years, the Makerhood community has achieved so much. This has included helping to set up the Makers’ market on Brixton Station Road, running useful business development workshops and organising the fantastic one-day Making Uncovered event at Brixton East gallery.
“As we expand, we will focus on what offers most value to our member makers, helping them sell more through local markets and retailers and promoting their workshops and events in the local area.
“But it’s not just about makers. Makerhood is all about creating connections between makers and the local community and businesses, encouraging people to buy local and support local creativity. For most of our activities we will continue to rely on the passion and enthusiasm of our volunteers and supporters - without them, an organisation like Makerhood would not be possible.”
The team at Makerhood are looking for feedback from people in Lambeth on what they think about the makerhood concept and buying locally produced goods. If you would like to get involved you can take part in the survey at https://www.surveymonkey.net/s/makerhood. All entrants are entered into a prize draw with an opportunity to win a food hamper worth £50 from the amazing Brixton Cornercopia an ultra-local restaurant and delicatessen.
To get involved, whether as a maker, a local business, or a supporter of local creativity, see http://bit.ly/MakersLambeth or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Based on information supplied by Dee Byrne.
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