Monday, December 20, 2010

Happy Christmas

A big thank you from us at Tea & Make for all your support during 2010, whether you have taken part as a designer-maker, or as a punter! We've had a really fun time with you all at our events - this year we have been privileged to produce a Friday Late event for the V&A; run workshops at our favourite local event, Dulwich Festival Fair; produce our first Fete outside of London, at the wonderful Ye Old Ferrie Inn in Herefordshire; and made our dreams come true by opening a shop (albeit for 2 weeks only) in New Cross, London.

We have lots of exciting things planned for 2011, so we will keep you posted on news, but for now, have a very Happy Christmas, and we look forward to seeing you all again very soon!!

Love from Tea & Make xx

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Pics of the shop!

Very excited that Esther's put her images of the shop up on flickr - oh how we miss it!  But we're looking forward to even more exciting things in 2011!  Watch this space, and in the meantime, enjoy our little T&M photo album on flickr...

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Late Night Shopping This Wednesday

Come join us for some wine or a beer (thank you Fullers!) and a shop next Wednesday evening, and make a dent in that Christmas pressie buying.  We know how tempting it is to spend weekends at home keeping cosy and watching Elf at the moment, so why not pop in on your way home from work for a shop!  We'll be gift-wrapping free of charge too of course!

Friday, December 3, 2010

Launch Party

Thanks to all our artists/makers and everyone else who came to our launch party on Monday - it was fantastic to celebrate the opening of the shop with you, and we all enjoyed Sponge U Like's yummy cakes and the different ales kindly donated by Fullers - the Honey Dew was a particular success!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

At the Pop-Up... Den

It's time to wrap up warm and what better way than with Den's gorgeous range of knitted winterwear - we have snoods and mittens in the most yummy colours in the shop - hurry as they're in seriously limited numbers!

Tonight's Nifty Knits Workshop cancelled

Hello all - just to let you know that if you haven't booked a place with us for tonight's workshop, and were planning on coming along, we have unfortunately decided to cancel it due to the bad (but very pretty!) weather - at the moment public transport is a bit hit and miss in London! We'll keep you informed if we re-schedule it, but for now the shop is still open for your Christmas purchasing.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

At the Pop-Up... Goldlion Studio

We love Goldlion, and both Est and I have several of their prints dotted around our homes!  Cardiff-based talented couple David Massey and Anna Jones explain exactly what their work is all about, perfectly on their newly re-vamped site: "We draw, paint, print, and fiddle about on Macs to make stuff with a lot of heart and a lot of soul"- get your hands on pocket-money priced un-framed prints as well as amazing badge sets for jazzing up those tired winter jumpers at the shop...

Daytime making - FREE workshops at the Pop-Up

Drop in for a shop, a cuppa, cake and a make...

Week One- Saturday 27th November til Friday 3rd December:
Old Tat into New Tags.

Collage up your gift tags with your favourite old fanzines, mags and postcards, fashion (cut) into a festive shape and then add that all-important ribbon-age.
Crepe (really, they're good) Garlands.

Pick two colours, cut two strips and weave away, pull it out to reveal a colourful decoration to cover your ceiling with, hang across the mantlepiece, drape around the tree...

Week Two - Saturday 4th til Saturday 11th December:

Traditional 80s Crackers.
We're talking crepe paper, metallic ribbons, Quality Street as the surprise...Blue Peter crafting with style.
Tea & Make LOVE a great pin badge (in fact we'll be selling a few in the shop!), so we'll have everything you need to make your own from old 'zines, fabric or a hand-drawn design.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Our first day of trading...

Here's a little preview of what to expect at the Pop-Up - today was chilly but so much fun - we're not going to want to leave!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

At the Pop-Up... Helen Rawlinson

We need some extra lighting to brighten up the shop (as well as the obligatory twinkly white fairy lights at this time of year of course!) and we're really happy that we've got Helen Rawlinson's beautiful screen-printed and machine stitched lamp shades and lamps for exactly that job.  Her simple but striking graphic style also extends to totes and tea towels - great Christmas gifts so why not treat yourself to the lighting?

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

At the Pop-Up... Annabelle Hartmann & Kenn Munk

Tea & Make favourites Annabelle Hartmann & Kenn Munk have previously worked with us under 'The Artic' - some of you may have made their polar bear masks at last year's Tea & Make summer fete, and some of you may have made a 'Monster for London' at Tea & Make's V&A Friday Late back in Spring.  But at the Pop-Up, you'll find Annabelle & Kenn's individual designs in a purer form.  Their design exploration ranges from delicately pretty porcelain tiles featuring Annabelle's sketches, through to Kenn's 'Antlor Kit's, for making your own carboard stag head trophies with a difference.  And oh, their designs for the limited edition shop bags?  Absolutely amazing!!  They'll go fast!

Monday, November 22, 2010

At the Pop-Up... LauraLaura

Lovely Laura Laura will be joining us at the shop - stock up on comfy but slick hand-embroidered 100% wool jumpers - perfect for wearing at family Xmas dos or for giving away as generous pressies!  Accessorise too with their clever button earrings and vintage fabric-wrapped bangles - cute, cute, cute...

Friday, November 19, 2010

After work workshops!

Finally we have some news on our late-night-Thursday workshops!  For the 2 Thursdays that the pop-up shop is open for, we'll be putting on these 2 workshops - with only 10 places available, get in there quick and book a place!  For only £5 you can join us round the collaborative table to make something, with some festive tunes on in the background, and some tea/wine and cake - a cosy evening for all!

NIFTY KNITS with Kamala Katbamna (and her lovely Mum!)
Thursday 2nd December, 6.30-8.30pm.
Tickets £5 (which includes a glass of wine or cup of tea and a piece of cake). Only 10 places available!
Bring your unwanted woollies and knitting needles (we'll have a few handy in case it's your first time!) and help turn them into more desirable knits! At Nifty Knits we invite you to dig out and contribute all those terrible Christmas pullovers you've acquired over the years and donate them to the collective pile. We'll then get unraveling, and start transforming them into desirable pressies - from mittens, to cushion covers, to tea cosies. Whether you're a knitting novice or a dab hand, join us for some collaborative creative recycling!

LINO PRINTED CHRISTMAS CARDS with Esther Yarnold and Sally Curtis.
Thursday 9th December, 6.30-8.30pm.
Tickets £5 (which includes a glass of wine or cup of tea and a piece of cake). Only 10 places available!
Always feeling the pressure to make your own Christmas cards but never quite get round to it?  We'll have everything you need here to help you to create a good design for linoleum block printing, so you can create a set of 6 beautiful hand-printed cards - they can't fail to impress!

Email or call 07801 732 000 to book a place.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

At the Pop-Up...

Really chuffed to have Random Retail at the shop - we've long admired their beautiful designs, and have seen them pop up in all kinds of style institutions, including The Hambledon and Anthropologie, over the last couple of years.  The very clever Joy Jolliffe produces all of the hand-pulled, screenprinted designs herself in her Isle of Wight studio and then daughter Holly Jolliffe produces beautiful photographs of it all - a winning combination!

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Tuesday, November 16, 2010

At the Pop-Up... Garudio Studiage

We love Garudio Studiage, and it's not often we put on a Tea & Make event without them!  A Peckham-based collective of 4 talented artists - Chris Ratcliffe, Laura Cave, Anna Walsh and Hannah Havana, their products are irresistibly clever.  From their "Flat Pets"...    
to their Hand Screen Printed blue 'off license' carrier bags from their exhibition 'The All London Blue Bag Extravaganza'...

to their Burger Vinyl Bags...
We're particularly looking forward to their 'New Cross' collection - intrigued?  You'll have to wait and see - come to the shop!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

At the Pop-Up... strikk handknits

Really looking forward to meeting Tanya, the clever lady behind strikk (Norwegian for knit) handknits - we know you're frantically knitting away for the shop Tanya - hope you aren't still up tonight as I type this! 

From shocking pink cable knit cushions to cosy hot water bottle covers in delicious colours like steely greys and warm spicy oranges, they'll make perfect Christmas pressies for friends and family... as well as a treat to your home.  What you'll love the most is that that Tanya uses where possible, yarn that has been hand-dyed and spun by previously disadvantaged South African women in job creation programs.  Style with a conscience!

Sunday, November 7, 2010

At the Pop-Up... Jill

The lovely Jill Green will be joining us at the Pop-Up and her work is juuuuuust lovely!  Discovered at the little Telegraph Hill Craft Fair, Jill is a New Cross local, specialising in screenprinting beautiful leather goods - purses, Oyster card holders, and also cards and prints.  Naturally our favourite has to be the rabbit print - and we're predicting that the white rabbit on gold (metallic) purse is going to be a sell-out piece!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

At The Pop-Up... Rose Choules

We've never had a shoe designer at a Tea & Make event before and we're really excited to have London-based Rose Choules and her gorgeous made-to-order mocassins with us at the pop-up in a few weeks time.  She'll also have a few some "ready to go" designs there too with gloriously yummy floral fabric linings...

Her collaboration with a fabric designer on the floral fabric for her moccasins, also extends to some extremely smart canvas and leather tote and shopper bags as well as jewellery wraps which feature the floral fabric in their lining - can't wait to see them!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Pop-Up Shops

Yesterday's article in The Guardian (read it here)  meant we just couldn't wait any longer to tell you about our latest project... Tea & Make will be 'popping-up' in New Cross, London for two weeks only, from Saturday 27th November until Saturday 11th December.

We have some really AMAZING designer-makers joining us (some of which we are welcoming to Tea & Make for the first time) and we are very happy that the lovely Barbara Frankie Ryan is joining us again, and is busy designing our flyer this time - we cannot wait to see what she comes up with!

We'll be posting details over the next few weeks, but for now put the dates in your diary - we would LOVE to see you all there :)