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Meet the Makers

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.

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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.

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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.

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.

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Meet Gemma Bainbridge of JewelGemJewellery

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?

I make jewellery from sterling silver, copper, seaglass and gemstones. I also make semi precious beaded bracelets.

How long have you been making?

1 year

Have you started a new project during lockdown?

During lock down I have been focusing on make jewellery and made several different pieces.

Do you have any advice for new makers?

Don’t give up! I have found there are many ups and downs and obstacles to overcome but it is important to keep going and most of all enjoy what you do.

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

To share each others Facebook pages and also possibly use Instagram.

Anything else you’d like to share?

I get satisfaction from been able to make something someone else can wear.

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Meet Nikki Brewster of Nolaseanstudio

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.

Nikki has been working in the creative industry for 7 years but has only recently set up Nolaseanstudio for her unique artwork, screenprints and sculpture. Her current range includes these vibrant collaged circles inspired by pop art and found textures.

We asked Nikki some quick questions about what she’s been up to recently.

Have you started a new project during lockdown?

Quite a few, generally lots of planning for after all this over!

Do you have any advice for new makers?

Curate a community of fellow creatives their support and energy will get you through anything and have a good/great online presence.

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

Utilise instagram and Facebook more, especially instagram stories, hashtags to build an audiences. Doing collaborations!

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Meet Jennifer Adamson of Jenny Wren Fabrics

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 clothes & aprons, patchwork bags & cushions, bunting, crochet blankets & headbands, tea cosies, face masks for adults and children and made to order items.

How long have you been making?

I’ve been sewing since I was a young girl making dolls clothes initially, crocheting since a teenager.

Have you started a new project during lockdown?

I have been making face masks, initially for the carers looking after my mother in law and now for sale on Etsy etc.

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Meet Pauline Fraser of PRF Creatives

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.

Pauline Fraser has been a regular at our markets for just over a year now but has been making for over 10 years. She works in a wide range of medium including textiles, hand bags, felted and dyed scarfs, felted accessories buttons, handmade paper and hand bound notebooks.

We asked Pauline some quick questions about what she’s been up to recently.

Have you started a new project during lockdown?

No, increasing skills and experimentation of existing.

Do you have any advice for new makers?

You are good enough.

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

Support each other to sell online.

Anything else you’d like to share?

I’m planning to get back to making and selling through my Facebook page. Possibly preparing for Christmas/gift markets. Am loving the sense of community growing where I live. I’m planning some simple craft videos for neighbours and their children.

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Call for Makers

Maker Interviews Questionnaire

Our markets are on hold for now, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In April we held the first virtual Make & Mend Market to connect as a community and make sure our customers know we’re still here and still making.

To help make a big noise about our work I’d like to publish some maker interviews each month on our social media pages and website. Your interviews will include photos and links so customers can buy from you. If you’re interested just fill in the questionnaire and keep an eye on our Facebook, Instagram or Twitter on the first Saturday of the month. We’ll also be sharing your posts made with the hashtag #virtualmakeandmend.

The only requirements for joining in are that you’re a maker of things living somewhere in the North East of England, we’re encouraging people to shop local and shop small.