Wow, I’m finally getting round to writing about my first ever stall at the huge Renegade Craft Fair in London a couple weeks ago. It was a great experience but also, as I travelled two hours to get there and stayed at a hotel overnight, it was totally freaking exhausting!
The Craft Fair took place at the Old Truman Brewery which was an awesome venue, with a modern industrial chic interior, and it was packed full of hugely talented designer makers. The weekend attracted thousands of visitors and I managed to flog quite a lot of my stuff.
My bonkers stall
Unfortunately as I was manning my stand alone I didn’t have a great deal of time to look around and meet other designer makers, or take photos (hence all the credited images in this post! whoopsie…) However, I did get to know the lovely Sasha who had a stall next to me. She was hired to represent the small company The City Works, whose owner designers no longer live in the country and were unable to make the fair on the day.
Amazingly intricate city designs. Photo courtesy of The City Works
I did manage to break away for a little while and I stumbled across Matt Saunders Ink. Matt is an amazing illustrator and was a really friendly guy. I was totally impressed with his work and definitely now have some of those prints on my mental Christmas present list.
Photo courtesy of Matt Saunders Ink
I also discovered the amazing and funny work of Liv & Dom. They say themselves that their pieces are “strange creations” and I think they’re pretty spot on there. I absolutely love these unique incense holders. They also do fridge magnets, Christmas decorations and loads of other cool stuff. Again more shit for the Christmas present list methinks!
Photo courtesy of Liv & Dom
After the first day, I made my way to my hotel, the Hub Hotel by Premier Inn on Brick Lane. I was pleased to find it was literally a minute’s walk from the venue, as I was just so pooped. For a discount hotel I was really impressed. It was very clean with all mod cons, a great big TV, free wifi, and a small bar restaurant in-house. I will definitely remember it for future stays in London.
The Sunday was quieter but passed really quickly. I was pleasantly surprised to find a food market going on nearby and here I stumbled across the absolutely amazing stall Ethiopiques selling a huge variety of fresh, healthy vegetarian/vegan food of Ethiopan origin. The stall holder was a lovely lady and even gave me a discount because I was trading myself.
Photo courtesy of Peace, Love and Porridge
All in all, I had a great time, and met a lot of new customers. I look forward to trying out more new fairs across the country next year!