I went to the Christmas Market at my local church hall today. To be honest, I wasn’t expecting much; a few cards, some bad art, maybe. Was that assumption ever trashed! I’ve picked out just three of the local “makers” to illustrate just how good the standard was. Take a look:
Old Bean Design (Clare Nichols) makes beautiful wood engravings. I bought two sets of cards but really could have snapped up her entire stock.
Katie Birdie makes really cute accessories and things. I was much taken by some colourful bags and zip-up purses.
Jane Kendrick is a photographer with a really interesting eye, particularly for colour. Her business card features a detail from a building I used to go past on the bus in to Walthamstow, but it took me ages to realise where I had seen those colours!
Lastly, though not local to E11, she’s not far away; the fabulous, Epping-based Ladybird Beads is worth a look. Lots of exquisite jewellery stuff.
Happy shopping! (I haven’t done ANY of mine yet, but since my family are all giving and receiving soap this year – I kid you not – it shouldn’t be too arduous…)