The countdown to local craft fair Native Makers has begun! With less than two weeks to go until the event, you can look forward to being treated to workshops, demos, live music, a video booth and over 28 young, local artisan makers. Ranging from skateboard decks made by Hecs Decks, based in Exeter to handmade gifts and quirky prints by Girl&bird, a accessories company founded by Bristol based designer and maker, Annah Legg, there’s something to suit everyone’s taste.
The event, co-ordinated by graduates Emily Dymond and Rosie Drake-Knight will take place at the Devonport Guildhall on the 6th June from 10am to 4pm – completely free! After the huge success of their festive market in December, the girls decided that it was time to embrace the summer and host another. Rosie, Textile Design graduate of Falmouth University told us “On graduating, both Emily and I faced the struggle of finding a suitable selling platform in Plymouth, so we decided to create one ourselves. Native Makers is specifically designed to support young, local artisans.” Illustration graduate of Plymouth College of Art, Emily says, “The popularity of our first market was unimaginable. We knew that Plymouth was missing an event like ours, but we had no idea how great the attendance and feedback would be.”
This June will include collaborations from other small businesses in the local area, such as Bikespace CIC, a not for profit vocational training centre based in Devonport. They aim to engage and motivate young people struggling with mainstream education, giving them an opportunity to train them as bicycle mechanics and have mountain bike adventures too! They’ll be hosting the Dr Bike sessions, where you can bring down your bike and get it looked over by their experienced mechanics. Definitely a worthwhile venture, especially considering it’s another FREE treat!
As well as all the festivities, there’s a host of live music included in the event. Starting off at 11am with Bröder, Plymouthian brothers united in their love of jazz, soul and funk, then followed by local singer-songwriter Mary Jane and local DJ Will South, the day will be finished off by the Imperfect Orchestra. Their live sound and screen performance of Plymouth based films by local organisation Imperfect Cinema combines the collaborative and DIY ethos of punk rock, while maintaining the theatrical element through the live performance of the score and screening of the film. They’ll also be playing the Plymouth Fringe Festival on 30th May, so do check them out!
There’s so much going on at Native Makers, there’s really no excuse not to come down and join in with the creative party. For more information, you can find Native Makers on Facebook or sign up to one of the workshops here!