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UK Events: The Craftivista Social Club

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The East London Craft Guerrilla is a grassroots collective set up to work with independent crafts people, artists and designer/makers of quality handmade goods. They’re a hive of proactive, crafty activity in the capital, frequently joining forces with creative individuals and organisations who align with their manifesto.

Next Friday they’re holding a very special edition of their monthly D.I.Y. Craft Night, as part of the E17 Art Trail. The Art Trail is an annual artist-run project (with numerous events spanning from September 3-12 this year), which provides a framework for artists and makers in London’s E17 and the Waltham Forest areas to promote and exhibit their works and practices.

On the evening itself there will be a selection of ready-to-make craft packs created especially for the event, and tutors will be on hand to guide you through projects while DJ (and graphic designer) Jake Holloway spins some beats to get you in the making mood.

Whether you’re craftily gifted or not, you can also enjoy a burlesque performance with Vermilion Embers, great live music courtesy of The Obscuritones, and learn a move or two at the free Lindy Hop dance workshop with the talented Jerome Anderson.

Etsy is sponsoring the event, so be sure to grab one of our complimentary UK tote bags, as they have a habit of being snapped up incredibly fast!


Here’s everything you need to know…

When: Friday, September 10, 2010 from 8:30 – 11:30 p.m.

Where: Orford House Social Club, 73 Orford Road, Walthamstowe Village, London, E17 9QR. Map.

How: Entry is £3 on the door and a small fee is charged per craft pack to cover the costs of materials. Closest station is Walthamstowe Central, accessible from the Victoria line, National Rail (from Liverpool Street) or by bus.

Who: Seasoned and novice crafters alike. We hope to inspire you into into making and doing, but if you’re no good with your hands, use your feet instead!

What to Bring: Yourself, your friends, your dancing shoes and a good dose of creativity.

Will you be at the Craftivista Social Club next Friday? Let us know in the comments.

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