Crafty Fox Market

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Hello Sinead and the Crafty Fox Market workers! It’s a delight to know that you work in the heart of London, Somerset House – such a beautiful place to work and across all seasons. How did you come about the company?

I started Crafty Fox Market back in 2010. The idea was to create a market with the makers at its heart, providing a supportive, affordable way for them to meet lots of customers. At that time, we were living in Brixton and I was working full-time in events and communications for a university.

Keen for a creative outlet, I had begun making jewellery and selling via etsy.com and at markets around London. That gave me a really good insight into the challenges faced by designer-makers. I ran the market along with my husband alongside a full time job for two years before making the leap to a fully-fledged business after I had my son in 2012. It’s grown very organically and we now run markets in a variety of locations across London and beyond seasonally (spring, autumn, winter) as well as business talks and meet-ups to support our creative community.

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Sinead you’ve worked in fundraising and events before, so what do you find the pros and cons and how much do they differ from one another?

I really enjoy being self-employed and have never looked back since ‘quitting the day job’. The flexibility works well with having a young child and I like being in charge of my own workload. It’s challenging having to make all the decisions myself and I’m constantly learning but I enjoy the challenge and I love being able to surround myself with creative people.

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You tend to host a whole selection of events across London town, from exhibitions and events to even being included in a TED talk. How have you found this process?

I love the variety of working in different venues across town and having the freedom to get involved in a wide range of events. It’s challenging to find affordable venues in London, which are also practical for large public events and I spend a lot of time visiting venues to scope them out. I love creating new events and have lots of ideas for the future so watch this space!

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Tell us something that will surprise us…

The highest priced item that has sold had a Crafty Fox Market was a £700 original piece of art – I love the disconnection between the environment of a market in a pub in Brixton and the ability for artists to sell original works of art.

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Quick Round Questions:

Coffee or tea? Tea – I’m currently pregnant and have completely gone off coffee.

Favourite meal? I love Thai food!

Events or exhibitions? I think it would have to be an event – anything that involves bringing lots of people together.

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If you’re a lover for Crafty Fox Market and want to find out a little more about what Sinead creates then join her Website as well as social media blogs including Facebook, Instagram and follow her tweets on Twitter. We love what she creates!! 

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