Selling work in shops and at markets can be great for makers but it is only one route to making a living and sharing your love of making with others. Teaching and carrying out commissions are two alternatives to retail that offer makers additional ways to be paid for making, or simply to be part of a community of makers.
This Makers' Club is your chance to hear from two local makers who use teaching and commissions, in addition to retail, to enable them to be full-time makers.
- Robyn Parker is a textile designer based in Brixton working as Archie Mac London. Robyn recently completed a commission for Camden Market of sixty kaleidoscope pattern lamp shades which are now brightening up the market arches.
- Angela Hartley is a fashion designer based in West Norwood who currently works at Central Saint Martins as Textile Futures Research Manager, runs her own business and teaches locally. In 2014 Angela set up The Stitch in West Norwood a project to bring all ages and individuals in the community together to learn and share sewing skills in a friendly environment.
At Makers' Club Robyn and Angela will talk about their experience including:
- How they got their first teaching job or commission
- Why look for alternatives to retail as a maker
- What are the challenges and benefits of taking on a large commission or teaching commitment
- Their top tips for makers wanting to do commissions or teaching
There will be plenty of time for questions!
We look forward to seeing you there!
The Makerhood Team.