‘As a man who makes things, I have always been aware of quite how few of us are out there making and selling in comparison to our female counterparts.’ (Etsy seller, Sam Wingate of Mr Wingate).
Just in time for Father’s Day on 12-13th June 2015, Manmade will include a marketplace, art exhibition, inspirational talks, live art, making workshops, bar, food, DJ, barber and general merriment to celebrate creative men! Mingle with the likes of printmaker Mr Wingate, illustrator and product designer Jimbob Art, jeweller Daniel Darby and sculptor Zack Mclaughlin.
You’ll find handmade goods from 50 male makers, including: homeware, furniture, ceramics, woodwork, interior textiles, sculpture, art and printmaking, jewellery, accessories, toiletries, beard products and edible treats (we can’t wait to try the vegan chocolate and the homemade bourbon & chipotle BBQ sauce!).
Manmade was the bright idea of Etsy seller, Sam Wingate of Mr Wingate – ‘If you look around a craft fair like the Crafty Fox, the number of women selling far exceeds the number of men’ says Sam. This highlighted a gap for him, ‘I want to get more men involved with making and selling and dispel the myth that craft and making is just for the girls.’
Sam is not alone in his thinking. In line with Crafty Fox’s ‘real life’ markets, the women selling on Etsy far outnumber the men, so we’ve decided it’s time to show off our boys! For Manmade, the Truman Brewery in East London will be packed to the rafters with a curated selection of male makers and artists, showcasing their work and selling their wares – a veritable feast of art, ceramics, textiles, jewellery and fashion.
Sinead Koehler, Founder and Director of Crafty Fox Market, says – ‘We’re constantly on the look out for innovative ways to promote handmade and jumped at Sam’s Manmade idea – a unique showcase of male traders. This fresh approach is designed to encourage the public to take note of talented makers. Teaming up with Etsy is a great way to make sure that we attract the best male makers from across the land to come and exhibit with us in June.’
The Manmade makers were selected by open call, with a panel of industry experts including Etsy, Crafty Fox Market, Mr Wingate, David Nicholls (Telegraph Magazine’s design editor and menswear columnist).
Friday 12 June, 12-9pm
Saturday 13 June, 11am-8pm
The Old Truman Brewery (F Block G4 & G5 opposite Ely’s Yard), London, E1 6QL.
Drop in anytime during Manmade. Suitable for all ages and abilities:
• Design and screen print your own tote bag with Mr Wingate – Using paper stencils, you will create your own one colour design which you can screen print and take home on the day. Cost: £8
• Jewellery-making: Draw it, cut-it out, clean it up, wear it with I Am Acrylic – Learn how to work with acrylic and come away with a finished necklace or keychain. Cost: £10
• Letterpress: Create your own letterpress card with SORT. Cost: £1
• Friday 12 June, 2pm – 4pm: Make a wire bird workshop with Zack Mclaughlin
Cost: £15 (+ booking fee) – Find out more and book here. Suitable for age 12+ (wire can be a little sharp and tough to bend). Zack Mclaughlin is a wire, paper & wood model maker/sculptor of birds for interior spaces.
• Saturday 13 June, 11.30 – 12.30pm: Children’s bird making workshop with Zack Mclaughlin
Cost: £5 (+ booking fee) – Find out more and book here. Suitable for age 4+. The material used will be pipe-cleaners. Please note a parent or guardian must also be present.
Inspirational ‘men in design’ will share their experiences. While entry to the main event is free, the talks require pre-booking. Tickets are £5 (+ booking fee). Find out more and book here.
Friday 12 June, 5.15 – 6pm: Product Photos that Sell with Yeshen Venema – Hear about product photography and how to use it to enhance your brand. Book now.
Friday 12 June, 6.15 – 7pm: What makes your brand different with Mini-Moderns – Homeware label Mini-Moderns discuss how an authentic brand story can be the key to success as an independent designer. Book now.
Saturday 13 June, 1.15 – 2pm: Crafted Masculinities: Unravelling the self made man with Benjamin Gordon Wilson – What is ‘masculinity’? Why is there more of it in a hammer than there is in a sewing machine? Explore the last 200 years of the handmade, the manmade, and men. Book now.
Saturday 13 June, 2.15 – 3pm: The Word of Manbroidery with Mr X Stitch – The Kingpin of Contemporary Embroidery takes you on a journey through the world of men who stitch. Book now.
Saturday 13 June, 3.15 – 4pm: World of Wood with Wilfred Wood – Hear about sculptor, Wilfrid Wood’s time at TV programme Spitting Image, making heads out of paper mache, bodies out of polymer clay. Plus his one and only sculpture made from wood. Book now.
Live art from JimbobArt.
Stop in for a beard trim or full blown haircut with The Rhythm Parlour.
If you’re inspired to make, you can open an Etsy shop and get started with 20 free listings! Enter the code: MANMADE here (new sellers only).
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