New Tote Bags & Show Follow Up

Etsy, Events & Competitions, Interactive Events, New Products, open studios, Postage Dates, Renegade Craft Fair

And so our season of shows draws to a close, we’d like to extend a hearty thanks to everyone who came to see us at the Renegade Craft Fair, our own Open Studios and Cockpit Arts and last weekend’s Etsy Made Local; they were all fantastically busy and we had a great time meeting tons of lovely people and other designer makers. A big thanks to all the event organisers too for putting on such great events!

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Anyone who came to our Open Studios or Etsy Made Local will have seen that we have also just released some new canvas tote bags. Fresh off the presses, they are made from 100% natural 10 oz cotton, and come with a 10cm gusset so they’re extra strong and can fit plenty of bits & bobs, odds & sods or just general stuff!!!

They’re available on our Etsy store right now, in fairly limited quantities, but we should have more done soon. Speaking of online stores; it’s getting perilously close to Christmas and our cut off points for getting orders out before then are as follows:

14th December – Worldwide

18th December – UK

Any orders placed after those dates will still be sent but may not reach you until January, so get in quick!

Open Studios and Etsy Made Local

Etsy, Events & Competitions, Interactive Events, open studios

We’re halfway through our run of events and fairs this winter season but the biggest two are just around the corner. In less than a week we’ve got the annual Cockpit Arts Christmas Open Studios; starting this coming Thursday evening with a late night preview. As per usual, we’ll be opening our doors to the general public along with 170 other designer makers over the two sites, so that anyone can come along and talk to us, see our workspaces and peruse our wares. We’ll have our treadle press running on and off during the weekend plus we’re aiming to have some new products available just in time for Christmas.

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Then in a craft-tastic double-whammy, the weekend after we’re taking part in Etsy Made Local, as part of their flagship shopping event in the Vinyl Factory, Soho from the 4th to the 6th of December. We’ll also be bringing one of our Adanas and offering to let people have a go at making their own customised notebooks, ideal for a personalised present!

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Cockpit Arts Open Studios Holborn · 26 – 29 Nov
Thurs 6pm-9pm, 

Fri, Sat & Sun 11am-6pm
Cockpit Yard, Northington St, London, WC1N 2NP
Tubes: Holborn, Chancery Lane & Russell Square
Maps, directions & access info ›

Etsy Made Local: London
Friday 4th of December Preview night: 4pm – 8pm
Saturday 5th of December: 10am – 8pm
Sunday 6th of December: 11am – 6pm
The Vinyl Factory, Soho
51 Poland St
London W1F 7LZ
Map, directions & access info

Autumn and Winter Shows

Crafty Fox, Etsy, Events & Competitions, open studios, Renegade Craft Fair

’tis the season for craft fairs, and so to Peckham, the Bussey building to be precise. We’re just back from a busy Saturday at the Crafty Fox market, and already we’ve got the next three events lined up! It was lovely to meet plenty of new people and fellow designer/makers in the fantastic CLF Art Cafe just off Rye Lane. A big thank you as always to Crafty Fox for organising the event.

Next up; we’re pleased to announce that we will be in attendance at this year’s Renegade Craft fair next month! It takes place in the Old Truman Brewery on November the 7th and 8th, both days from 11am – 6pm. We were there last year and it was a great opportunity to get started with some crafty Christmas shopping!

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Plus we have our own Cockpit Arts Christmas Open Studios coming up too; taking place this year from the 26th to the 29th of November. As always, we’ll be flinging open the doors to our studio with our full range of products plus some special ones for Christmas too!

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Finally, if you still haven’t bought all your presents by then (or started in my case), we’ll be taking part in Etsy Made Local: London, as part of their flagship shopping event in the Vinyl Factory, Soho from the 4th to the 6th of December.

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Full details and links are below and we’ll be posting more information in the coming weeks.

Renegade Craft Fair: London
Saturday 7th November: 11am – 6pm
Sunday 8th November: 11am – 6pm

Old Truman Brewery
81 Brick Lane
London
E1 6QL

Cockpit Arts Christmas Open Studios
Thursday 26th November
Friday 27th November: 6pm – 9pm
Saturday 28th November11am – 9pm
Sunday 29th November: 11am – 9pm

Cockpit Arts Holborn
Northington Street
London
WC1N 2NP

Etsy Made Local: London
Friday 4th of December Preview night: 4pm – 8pm
Saturday 5th of December: 10am – 8pm
Sunday 6th of December: 11am – 6pm

The Vinyl Factory, Soho
51 Poland St
London W1F 7LZ

 

 

Crafty Fox follow up and some new cards

Crafty Fox, Events & Competitions, London Design Festival, New Products

Last Sunday we had a nice afternoon in the arches of Kachette under the trains in Shoreditch taking part in the special edition of Crafty Fox for the London Design Festival. The space was very nice, and comes across far moodier and mysterious in the photos than it was in real life!

It was a good day, meeting plenty of LDF wanderers and fellow craftspeople, plus we also launched three new cards on the occasion; to go with the East End setting we have Oi Oi Saveloy

Plus we’ve done two more folding cards in a similar fashion to the Father’s Day card we did a few months back Exclamation & Bang Bang. They are both printed with some of our lovely woodblock and stupendously detailed brass picture blocks, plus they fold out to display on a shelf or mantelpiece. They also come with our new buff envelopes too.

If you missed us at Kachette, we’ll be at the next Crafty Fox gathering at the Bussey Building in Peckham on the 10th of October. 11Am – 5pm, FREE entry. 90 designer/makers taking part plus: live art in the courtyard, poodle parlour workshop by Garudio Studiage and the Lost Lanes, craftivist workshop with Sarah Corbett, Animal Alphabet book signing with Kay from Ketchup on Everything, origami with Katie Guild,  stitched portraits by In-Stitch You (Saturday only) and The Rhythm Parlour pop-up barber (Saturday only). Enjoy tunes from the Crafty Fox DJ’s and a full bar.

Crafty Fox at the CLF Art Cafe
The Bussey Building
133 Rye Lane
Peckham
London, SE15 4ST

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More Workshops, Crafty Fox and the London Design Festival

Crafty Fox, Events & Competitions, Interactive Events, London Design Festival, Workshops

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Following on from my last post, we have Crafty Fox’s London Design Festival event coming up just a couple of weeks away. We’ll be there on the 27th of September from 11am to 5pm, but it’s running all weekend at Kachette in Shoreditch (347 Old St, EC1V 9LP). For more information and to see who else is trading, check out their main page here.

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We’ve been introducing all manner of people to the world of letterpress this August and September with our workshop sessions, plus we’ve just had a little feature in the latest issue of Elle Decoration. As such, we’ve just listed a bunch more sessions in September and into October as well, so it’s not too late to sign up and have a go!

September / October Workshops:
24/09/15 – Thursday – Evening (6pm-9pm)
25/09/15 – Friday – Evening (6pm-9pm)
03/10/15 – Saturday – Morning (11am-2pm)
03/10/15 – Saturday – Afternoon (3pm-6pm)
15/10/15 – Thursday – Evening (6pm-9pm)
16/10/15 – Friday – Evening (6pm-9pm)
17/10/15 – Saturday – Morning (11am-2pm)
17/10/15 – Saturday – Afternoon (3pm-6pm)

Summer Workshops and Events

Crafty Fox, Events & Competitions, London Design Festival, Workshops

What better way to make the most of the British summer sun than indoors with an Adana, some type and some ink? We thought so too and so we’ve got a flurry of new workshop dates listed for August and September.

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As per usual; they’re in the evenings during the week and then a morning and afternoon session on Saturdays. So if you’ve ever fancied having a go at composing type, learning how to use an Adana 8×5 or just want to know more about printing in general then have a look here:

27/08/15 – Thursday – Evening (6pm-9pm)
28/08/15 – Friday – Evening (6pm-9pm)
02/09/15 – Wednesday – Evening (6pm-9pm)
03/09/15 – Thursday – Evening (6pm-9pm)
04/09/15 – Friday – Evening (6pm-9pm)
05/09/15 – Saturday – Morning (11am-2pm)
05/09/15 – Saturday – Afternoon (3pm-6pm)
10/09/15 – Thursday – Evening (6pm-9pm)
11/09/15 – Friday – Evening (6pm-9pm)
12/09/15 – Saturday – Morning (11am-2pm)
12/09/15 – Saturday – Afternoon (3pm-6pm)

In other news, we’re pleased to announce that we will be taking part in the next couple of Crafty Fox events; as part of the London Design Festival on the 27th of September and also at the Bussey Building in Peckham on the 10th of October. It was great to work with them as part of Manmade 2015 so we’ll be exhibiting with them again!

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Follow up from Manmade & a New Website

Crafty Fox, Events & Competitions, Interactive Events, manmade

So Manmade has been and gone and we had a great time down at the Truman Brewery, meeting plenty of new customers and other craftsmen (and crafts-ladies too). We had a pretty good spot and decorated our bit of wall with our alphabetical ephemera. Our have-a-go notebook customisation workshop did well as always with a wide variety of people lining up to try their hand at printing with the Adana.

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The other interactive events were very popular as well; with some amazing scissor skills from the general public at Mr Wingate’s screen printing workshop, and a veritable crowd of eager acrylic-fanciers for the jewellery workshop with our chums Ruth and Brendan from I Am Acrylic.

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(Ruth sporting a lovely cactus on her head…)

It’s always nice when a new event does well, and a big thank you to Crafty Fox, Mr Wingate and Etsy Uk for organising it.

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In other news, as you may have noticed, we’ve given the website a bit of a (late) spring clean and an update, with plenty of shiny new images and integrated the blog in here as well. We’ll be adding a bunch of other improvements over the next couple of months but it’s nice to have a bit of a fresh look!

Manmade Craft Fair

Crafty Fox, Events & Competitions, Interactive Events, Workshops

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We are pleased to announce that in just under 2 weeks we will be participating in Manmade; a new event to celebrate men who make stuff! Brought to you in conjunction with Etsy, Crafty Fox Market and Mr Wingate, we will be exhibiting our wares and also running letterpress demos and a walk-in, have-a-go workshop as we have done in the past, with one of our restored Adanas. There will be 50 other stalls, an art exhibition, talks, live art and numerous other workshops, including screen-printing with Mr Wingate and jewellery making with our chums I Am Acrylic.

It’ll be taking place at the Truman Brewery on Friday the 12th of June and Saturday the 13th of June, with late nights and entry is free!
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For more information, check out Crafty Fox, Etsy’s blog, or follow us on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook for more updates.

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The Old Truman Brewery,
London E1 6QL
Friday June 12th (12 noon – 9pm)
Saturday June 13th (11am – 8pm)

 

New Products and More Workshops

New Products, open studios, Stationery, Workshops

Well friends, Open Studios has been and gone and we spent a lovely sunny weekend introducing a great number of people to the wonders of letterpress and Cockpit Arts as a whole. For any of you who were there, you may have seen our new Wall Of Alphabetical Ephemera (its official name), in which we went through our collection of woodblock type and printed up a medley in a range of colours for all to peruse and purchase.

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We also took the opportunity to release a number of new designs and products. Firstly there are our Letterpress Coasters; each design was hand-cut as a printing block to prevent damage to our vintage woodblock and lead type, but they were still printed, by hand as well, in our presses. The oil based ink we use as standard is waterproof and we tested an early sample by submerging it in the sink for a couple of days! The wood itself is 3mm plywood in a natural colour.

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Next up are three new card designs, perfect for celebrations, congratulations, commiserations or just salutations. Each of the designs was composed with lead type and brass picture blocks from our collection along with some more hand-cut decorative elements for the background.

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All these products are available on our Etsy store at the links below.

Letterpress Coasters – Pack of 4

Typeset – How Very Exciting! Greetings Card

Typeset – This Calls For A Tipple! Greetings Card

Typeset – Bring Out The Cakes! Greetings Card

Lastly, we’ve just listed some more workshops for the next couple of weeks. We’ll be aiming to run a number of sessions through the summer so keep checking back regularly or follow us on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook to be kept informed of any new dates.

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30th of May Morning Session

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Open Studios & A Special Offer

Events & Competitions, open studios

Dear friends, once again we invite you all to come to Cockpit Arts’ annual Summer Open Studios in Clerkenwell. There you can see our workspace, peruse our wares or just have a chat about letterpress, printing, taxidermy or whatever you fancy. As usual, we’ll have one of the presses up and running for demonstrations, plus we are releasing a number of thrilling new products, so you’ll see them here first!

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We’ll also have a special offer running all weekend; anyone who comes to our studio and shows us that they are a follower of either our Instagram or Twitter feed, will get a 10% discount on any purchase.

So come along to visit us and over 100 other makers, craftspeople and designers who are all based in Cockpit Arts and throwing open their doors to the public for free.

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Check out the Cockpit Arts events page for a full listing of all the exhibitors and the events that will be happening over the weekend.

Friday 8th of May: 6pm – 9pm
Saturday 9th of May: 11am – 6pm
Sunday 10th of May: 11am – 6pm
Entry: FREE

Cockpit Arts Open Studios – Holborn
Cockpit Yard
Northington Street
London
WC1N 2NP
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