How good was Makegood festival 2014 last Saturday? Well, very good indeed! It was a three-day festival of culture, creativity and entrepreneurship held in Central London which showcased the work of over 200 brand new creative businesses. Everything or rather everyone was represented from chefs, crafters, seamstresses to tech whizzes, jewellers, publishers and a lot more. The pool of talent was endless!
I attended the event for a couple of hours and spoke to some of them who happily shared their stories and what drove them to start their own business. It was really interesting and they were such a friendly bunch! I often asked them in the end if I could take a couple of pictures. “Of course, who is this for?” “Design Closeup”…silence…”What’s that?” “It’s a blog”…”Oh, great, what is it about? Yikes, where do I start? “Well, I make clothes and stuff, write about some of the latest exhibitions and sometimes whatever else happens in my life and, oh, I go loopy once in a while and write crazy stuff where me and my crazy friends dress up in like, period stuff?” Awkward smile ensues…nah, I learned from experience to keep it simple but moments like these make me realise my online identity is slightly…how should I word it…all over the place? Hands up, I admit it! But I’d like to think that it’s not a bad thing after all.
Ok, back to Makegood and let’s get it out of my system now, the big highlight for me was meeting the super lovely Tilly who had her own booth for, as you all know, Tilly and the Buttons! You bet I wouldn’t miss the opportunity of a snapshot!
Would you believe I’d never met a fellow DIY dressmaker blogger before last Saturday? I was sad to miss the NYlon 2014 event a couple of weeks ago but then, I was away.
There is no room to mention everyone sadly – and believe me, they all deserve a mention – so I’ll stick to a few of my personal highlights:
Salt and Buoy (Super gorgeous embroidered linen cushions)
Fable & Base (Sustainable hand-printed textiles)
Creative Places (Creative courses and workshops)
Clementine & Bloom (Luxury designs for the home)
Crista Repo (Scandinavian high-end men’s collection)
Zoe Murphy (Recycled/Hand-printed furniture and textiles…love her work!)
Hajera Memon (gorgeous pop-up books for children)
How fun is that moving wheel! I have yet to figure out what that was all about!