What inspired you to start Crafty Fox Market? What are your primary challenges and victories in running the market?
I was a maker myself, selling jewellery online via Etsy and at markets around London, back in 2010. I felt the need for a market which had the makers at its heart. We started out in Brixton, where we live – back then, all the markets I attended took place in North or East London so I wanted to start something closer to home. I am a mum to two young children, so combining business with motherhood is one of my greatest challenges. I’m really proud of what we have achieved, and it’s great to watch our makers’ careers develop over time with the knowledge that many of them started out trading at Crafty Fox Market.
In your experience, what are the best qualities of independent makers? What virtues do they bring to the creative marketplace?
Independent makers often have really inspiring stories to tell – I think for many people, the concept of being a maker is really aspirational. Many of our shoppers are intrigued to learn more about our traders and how they came to make and sell products. Independent makers also have the freedom to experiment and develop truly unique products – it’s always interesting to watch trends emerge at the markets, only to be picked up by the high street many months later.