Handmade christmas gifts on offer at Brixton Crafty Fox Market


Dogstar will host the event this weekend


By Hannah Pupkewitz

Tis the season to be jolly at Brixton’s Crafty Fox Christmas Market this weekend.

Designers will be setting up shop at the Dogstar bar on Coldharbour Lane, to sell hand made arts and craft jewellery, clothes, bags and soft furniture.

Alongside the stalls you will find Tea’s Knees Tearoom, DJ’s spinning tunes, festive drinks and craft workshops.

Ruth Williams and Brendan Fan will be selling their I am Acrylic products at the market.

“We’ll be selling our range of jewellery and a few other things mostly made from acrylic. We hand cut and finish each individual component, so every item is unique,” said Ruth, 37, co-designer and co-owner, of the quirky handmade jewellery business.

They will be selling their Cheese & Mouse, Landscape, Stormy Cloud and Little Bird lines of necklaces, brooches, rings, earrings and cufflinks.

“The Dogstar has a great pub feel, and there’s usually a great DJ all day. Even when it gets pretty busy in there, it’s still a really relaxed shopping experience,” added Ruth.

Jess Lucas’s Pink Sunshine stall will be selling home made beaded bracelets, necklaces and brooches.

“I hope to be introduced to a new crowd as this is the first time I have sold in Brixton,” said Jess.

“I have always loved creating and making things with my hands, and often made pieces for myself as I found the high street a bit boring when it came to jewellery.

“When I started making things for friends Pink Sunshine was born. I have always loved vintage style and find it very inspiring. I use old and partly forgotten techniques to make my contemporary jewellery and accessories.”

There will also be a ‘Drawing with Scissors’ workshop where Lisa Levis will use patterned paper cuts and illustration techniques to teach visitors how to create Christmas cards, wrapping paper and gifts.

Claire Kelvis,44, will be DJing at the event playing Northern Soul, RnB, Funk and Blues on Vinyl.

“I got involved after visiting the market at The Dogstar and just liking the vibe,” she said.

“DJing is a relatively recent venture. Something just waiting to happen. I’ve been into music all my life, I couldn’t hold it back any longer.”

“I’m aiming for a laid back, soulful vibe suited to Brixton.”

A creative sewing workshop will give visitors the opportunity to make a Christmas star or stocking.

The market opens at 11am, entry is free, children are welcome and there will be goodie bags for the first 20 through the doors each day.

Photo courtesy of Ewan Munro, with thanks.

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