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Saturday, 3 March 2012

March Events: Love Crafts and Vintage?

We love all things Crafty and Vintage here at CreativeHappen London, having attended a few events generally I walk away thinking we have such immense talent here on the UK Craft scene. Now I tend to find myself considering Crafts fairs as a place to go shopping during seasonal periods as opposed to the High street, I feel nothing beats buying direct from the artist-maker, I’m sure you agree with me?

Spring has arrived and so has the start of pop-up Craft and Vintage events in London Crafty Fox‘s Spring Market to Anita’s Vintage Fashion Fair return back to their eagerly waiting public. We have found craft fairs are now proving popular with many Craft Fair’s popping up in and around London, sometimes it feels a tad difficult to keep up with them all. The plus side is local talent are given the opportunity to showcase their crafts and wears further boosting the craft economy.

For those of you who love more regular Artist-Maker events Spitalfields Traders Market in Crispin place, is highly recommended. Stalls at Spitalfields range from Contemporary and Vintage Fashion, Home Interiors to Bespoke Children’s Toys. If you happen to be down there on a Friday stop by and visit the lovely Angela designer/owner at Str(angela)nd this independent brand provides progressive fashion for women, from reclaimed, organic or ethically produced fabrics. Something a little different is the Battersea Carboot Fair, you will find Vintage, Furniture to Instruments all may appeal to a budding Stylist, Interior Designer or budding Musicians. Let us know what gems you found!



Vintage Fair at The Doodle Bar
Saturday 3rd March, 1-7pm
The Doodle Bar will be having our first ever Vintage Fair on Saturday 3rd of March between 1pm-7pm.
Located in the heart of Battersea, the Doodle Bar is a hidden gem! This burgeoning creative hotspot in the South of Battersea, is a lovely place to have a drink and also seek out Beautiful clothes, jewellery and quirky old bits ‘n’ bobs at their first ever Vintage Fair.
Location: 33 Parkgate Road, London SW11 4NP
www.thedoodlebar.com

Pop-Up Polka Fair!
First Sunday of each month, beginning Sunday 4th March
11am – 4pm, Free
All ages
Pop into Polka on the first Sunday of each month for a free pop-up fair featuring handmade crafts, gifts and delicious treats! Young people can enjoy Polka’s playground and the caf√© will be open as usual.
Location: 240 The Broadway, London, SW19 1SB
www.polkatheatre.com



Image courtesy of Anita's Vintage Fashion Fair
Anita’s Vintage Fashion Fair - Mother’s Day Special
Sunday 18th March
11am-5pm
Entry £2-£1 Concessions and Students with ID (children under 16 go free)
The mother of vintage fairs celebrates their 8th Spring fair at the idyllic 20th Century Theatre set in the heart of vibrant Notting Hill. Anita’s Vintage Fashion Fair is renowned for showcasing the very best in Vintage clothing, Accessories, Jewellery and Textiles dating from 1800 to 1980s. The fair has been referred to as an Aladdin’s cave of real treasures by Time Out. Anita offers a unique experience to all appreciators of Vintage fashions whilst paying homage to Mothering Sunday, 28 exhibitors have been carefully selected for the event, there will be on hand alterations by Recycle and Sew. A dedicated personal vintage fashion sylist by KatsEye style will be at hand for styling advice on the day. As it Mothering Sunday, mums collect a free flower on entry!
Location 20th Century Theatre, 291 Westbourne Grove, London, W11 2QA
www.vintagefashionfairs.com


Crafty Fox Spring Market
Illustration by Jimbobart
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Crafy Fox Spring Market  24th & 25th March
11am - 5pm, Dogstar - Brixton
Free Entry - Children Welcome
Brixton’s favourite Crafty Fox Market is back!! at the Dogstar on 24th & 25th March with a weekend event full of handmade treats. Each day will see an eclectic mix of over 40 different designer-makers transforming the Dogstar into an exciting showcase of local creativity.

Visitors can take part in a range of workshops, relax in the tearoom or visit the nail art booth by Boom Nails. You can even make your own Crafty Fox with the Seaside Sisters, screen print a shopping bag with Mr Wingate, write letters with Letter Lounge, or settle in a cosy corner for a knit and a natter. There’s a busy programme of activities over the weekend with local DJ’s providing the soundtrack.
Location: 389 Coldharbour Lane, London, SW9 8LQ
www.craftyfoxmarket.blogspot.com

31st March 2012 then every last Saturday of each month
Wonder Hill Market
11-5pm, The  Miller, London Bridge.
Free Entry
Wonder Hill's handmade and vintage shopping event returns to The Miller. This end of month event provides a platform for local designer makers and vintage collectors to showcase and sell their wares. Wonder Hill is a fun alternative to high street shopping!
Location: The Miller, 96 Snowsfields Road, London Bridge, London. SE1 3SS
Transport: London Bridge and Borough tube
www.wonderhillmarket.co.uk

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