10 Nov EVENT: Join our Founder at Craft Fox Talks this Thursday!
We love Crafty Fox Talks for being so friendly, uber organised (by it’s founder Sinead!), informative & for always having amazing panelists & guest chairs. Past panelists include our friend & craftSTAR Perri Lewis. It’s an honour to be part of this month’s Talk alongside some brilliant panelists & chaired by Nicole Vanderbilt (Managing Director, for Europe, Australia and Canada at Etsy) *gulp* . Please do come and join us and feel free to come with some tough questions for our Founder!;p
Crafty Fox Talks: Making Creativity Pay
Date: Thursday 14 November, 6.30 – 9.30pm
Venue: The Rag Factory, 16-18 Heneage St (off Brick Lane), London, E1 5LJ
Book your Tickets: £22 (£18 early bird) + booking free (before they sell out!)
Incl. Talks, drinks & goodie bag
Do you dream of quitting the day-job to turn your creative side-line into a fully-fledged business? Perhaps you are already in business and are looking for inspiration and ideas.
Join us to hear how our panel members have taken their businesses to the next level. We’ll hear from design duo, Keith & Mark from Mini Moderns , founder of Craftivist Collective – Sarah Corbett and successful print designer, Jane Foster. The evening will be chaired by Nicole Vanderbilt – Etsy’s country manager for UK, Australia & Canada.
Each speaker will present a short talk followed by questions from the audience. There will be time afterwards to chat to fellow guests and panel members over drinks while the Crafty Fox DJ’s spin some tunes. Guests take away a goodie bag stuffed with crafty treats.
For our third Crafty Fox Talks, we are looking forward to hosting at The Rag Factory – a fantastic creative space off Brick Lane.
Left: Sarah Corbett – Craftivist Collective
Sarah Corbett’s background is in engaging people in global injustices working for Christian Aid, DFID and most recently Oxfam. She started doing craftivism (craft + activism) in 2008 as a hobby and reaction to traditional forms of activism. Due to demand Sarah set up the global Craftivist Collective in 2009 which now has thousands of supporters across the world. Sarah has worked with Tate, Hayward, cult jewellers Tatty Devine, TOMS Shoes, British Library, Secret Cinema & Save the Children amongst others. As well as collaborating with charities and art institutions, she also sells products, delivers workshops & talks & exhibits her own craftivism work around the world and is a craftivism columnist for Crafty Magazine. She has recently released her first book – “A Little Book of Craftivism’”.
Centre: Keith Stephenson and Mark Hampshire – Creative Directors, Mini Moderns
Keith’s graphic design degree took him into the world of fashion, where he held senior creative roles at Pepe Jeans London, Dr Martens, and Red or Dead. Mark’s journey took a more circuitous route. Armed with a degree in English Literature, he worked in publishing and children’s television, before establishing himself as a designer maker, eventually sidestepping into branding. The pair met whilst working in a London branding and design agency. Finding the world of corporate design too restricting, Keith and Mark followed their joint passion for interiors, reigniting people’s interest in wallpaper design with their first collection. What was originally intended as a creative outlet quickly established itself as a successful business, and Mini Moderns now sells throughout Europe, the U.S. and Australia. As well as launching annual collections, Mini Moderns works on a number of commissions, including recent collaborations with the Courtauld Gallery, Southbank Centre and the London Transport Museum.
Right: Jane Foster
With a background in music – Jane studied the violin and piano at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester for five years before doing a PGCE in music and Expressive Arts. She then taught the violin for years and also became a music specialist in schools before deciding to take the plunge into a career in art and design. Jane loved screen printing at school so taking a course many years later was like ‘coming home’! She was hooked and knew this was what she should be doing with her life. It was a brave decision to leave the security of a teaching career but Jane felt her passion was with art and design. She began selling screen prints in shops and was lucky to be spotted by The Art Group who helped publish some of her designs. She also designed for the new re-launched Clothkits, started selling on Etsy and started her own website. She now lives in Totnes, Devon, has a poster in Ikea and sells to shops all over the world.
Event Chair: Nicole Vanderbilt – Etsy.com
Nicole Vanderbilt is Managing Director, for Europe, Australia and Canada at Etsy. Nicole joined Etsy in September 2012. Prior to joining Etsy she was CEO at Mydeco, the UK-based online start up in the interior and home decor space.