Meet Moniqie Scott of Unique Monique Creative

As part of our virtual markets we’re interviewing makers from across the North East. Shop local and shop small. If you’d like to get involved or help out the local creative community you can check out the #virtualmakeandmend hashtag on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

What do you make?

Children’s Books. The special editions come with hand made mice I have sewn.

How long have you been making?

1 year

Have you started a new project during lockdown?

Another Children’s book. Greetings cards.

Do you have any advice for new makers?

Start your own branding first – your identity – hit up on social media – have fun with your projects and don’t let them feel like a chore – talk to people – grow your network – enjoy yourself!

Do you have any suggestions for ways we can connect and promote as a community?

Facebook pages or groups with members to keep in touch and maybe share work that everyone is working on and to share connections, networking and useful links for everyone. Instagram is good for tagging people and events.

Anything else you’d like to share?

I organise story time events which includes reading my children’s books to children followed by a craft session and book signing. I am hoping to advertise this more at events and craft fairs.

Meet Rebecca Ridley of Rebecca Ridley Ceramics

As part of our virtual markets we’re interviewing makers from across the North East. Shop local and shop small. If you’d like to get involved or help out the local creative community you can check out the #virtualmakeandmend hashtag on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

What do you make?

Ceramic homeware and Jewellery.

How long have you been making?

I’ve been making with clay for 8 years but after graduating from the Decorative Arts course at Nottingham Trent Uni I stated Rebecca Ridley Ceramics! Now i focus on running workshops for all ages and making objects with mindfulness in mind, allowing every object to take on there own characteristics.

Have you started a new project during lockdown?

I’ve taken on the challenge of #throwforthenhs! On the first of every month I’ll be throwing a few objects (mugs, planters ect). Then donating 100% of the profits from the sale of the objects to NHS charities.

Do you have any advice for new makers?

Just keep going! Earning a living from being a marker isn’t always easy but is incredibly rewarding in the long run.

Meet Beverley Harvey of Scatty knits

What do you make?

Upcycled goodies for humans & pets from recycled fabric – bags, coats, hats, scarves etc.

How long have you been making?

1 year.

Have you started a new project during lockdown?

Knitting project bags and pouches from recycled lambswool.

Meet Beverley Harvey of Scatty knits 13

Do you have any advice for new makers?

Get stuck in! Life’s too short to not give it a go.

Do you have any suggestions for ways we can connect and promote as a community?

Dedicated online forum for North East makers.

Anything else you’d like to share?

The lyrics to Babooshka are ‘All yours’ not ‘Aye yah’ as I’ve been singing for 30 years 🤦🏻‍♀️

As part of our virtual markets we’re interviewing makers from across the North East. Shop local and shop small. If you’d like to get involved or help out the local creative community you can check out the #virtualmakeandmend hashtag on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.