I am a regular at Crafty Fox’s markets enjoying the great venues & curated selection of designer makers on offer, this Christmas time is no different. Normally I would take a quick ride on the Northern Line down to Brixton as it normally fits in to my journey. After finding out that CF was having a night market pop up in Canary Wharf I knew that I was going to get to try a new venue this year and get my brother to tag along and show me the way as he works only a square over from the Museum.
It turned out to be a great venue with lots of space and wonderful building architecture then chock it full of design-led, handmade products sold directly by the makers and it became a one stop shop for the perfect Christmas gifts. There were lots of friendly faces working the more unique Christmas market scene, I am always blown away by their continued innovation from the likes of Lizzy Chambers, Rosa Pietsch, Dee Monti, Lucie Ellen, Ray Stanbrook to name just a few. Luckily that still left lots of designers to explore, so here are a couple of people & products I think would make great presents this year.
I was drawn to Daniel Byrne’s stall in all its insect glory, it gave me vibes similar to those during LDF at the V&A in the form of the Curiosity Cloud installation which also included individually crafted butterfly substitutes. They may not be my cup of tea for the home but his larger installations are undoubtably beautiful in their impact I particularly liked the piece he did for Handmade at Kew – ‘Trap Window’ which he had on a lovely postcard.
Each individual butterfly is cut from paper, then wire antenna are added before they are either added to box frames or jars for display. Paper craft continues to be a rising craft trend and Faunart’s work gives insect lovers a colourful substitute to the real thing.
As a jewellery enthusiast I am alway interested in something sparkly so stopping at Abi’s stall was a must! She makes wonderful pieces from quality silver and gold including a few lapel pins my must buy gift this Christmas, a very uni sex item which is very wearable. With something for the sewer, the florist, the artist, etc she makes a great selection including single pendent necklaces which are classic in design so will be forever in style. Her Etsy shop is well worth the peruse.
I have seen Margot & Mila before but got to have a closer look at some of her jewellery’s hidden secrets, including this beautiful silver top hat, that opens to reveal a tiny bunny rabbit. It’s not in her Etsy store at the moment which makes me sad but there is a lot to choose from.
Hello Sunshine the creation of Jo Want consists of yellow everything which means her stall instantly stands out. With a few Christmas extras added to her usual laser cut goodies; they all make good gifts including her kitty cutouts, my personal favourites.
Nikki Strange creates patterns that are out their in space; whimsical neon coloured dream like designs can be found on stationary, phone cases & coasters, all making perfect gifts for Christmas time. Stocked in some create places including the very glamorous Selfridges and of course a nicely stocked Etsy store.
Stolen Form (a great brand name by the way) is made up of the design duo Christian Marsden and Ali Amer. They mould together traditional British craftsmanship with contemporary design practice, by recasting iconic urban features into decorative products. They make great man gifts and offer clever little kitsch items to add to anyones homeware collection. I hope to see them expanding their collection in the new year as there is an plenty of scope to their product and unlimited inspiration in the city.
Another great offering from CRAFTY FOX MARKET with another couple of Christmas offerings left in the year at Peckham & Hoxton check out their website for your next chance to shop independent.