Sunday 13 May 2012

Do you have the craft factor?

“Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.”
William Morris

Craft Guerrilla are happy to announce that The William Morris Gallery in Walthamstow has invited us to curate their gift shop for a selected period with one of a kind, quality hand made items!
On offer is the chance for a selection of designer makers, illustrators and makers of hand made goods to sell their wares in the home of the grand daddy of the arts & crafts movement!!!

Once re launched in late July after a massive regeneration the brand spanking, sparkling gallery will introduce designer maker items to it's product range in their gorgeous gift shop.
This means that visitors will be able to purchase high quality hand made goods and go away experiencing first hand just what the great man was on about!
Oh yes, we know Mr. Morris would certainly love what we do and what we stand for plus he'd love the new generation of crafts people that we have working in our fair city.
We're looking for products which reflect Morris' philosophy and not necessarily his existing works. We're not looking for copies but mainly products which reflect today's modern urban craft makers and his philosophy. 
Also we'd like to give you the opportunity to get your thinking caps on and come up with a few products you can offer exclusively to the gallery as well as existing products you already make and sell.

The criteria is simple:
You need to be either from the borough of Waltham Forest or London and all goods need to be hand made and designed/made by you. At this stage we are not accepting "group" applications or representatives/agents on behalf of a designer maker.
Please apply via email including photos of your best selling products (or specific items you'd like to offer as exclusives for gallery) with a retail price point and your web site or blog so we can have a look at your body of work.
Please note that not all entries will be accepted and please do not be offended if your work is not chosen...not everything will fit in with the museum's criteria or look we are after.
Craft Guerrilla are curating and showcasing entries under the collective's umbrella so you'll also need to be prepared to associate with us and work with us to offer a highly professional and quality service as well as product presentation!
We'll also be on hand to advise or discuss with you any questions regarding packaging and branding to help you successfully showcase your products to the museum selection panel.

What we're looking for:
Hand printed goods including wall paper and fabric (* can be silk screen, lino or hand printed)
Paper Goods and stationary including screen printed illustration & Books/note books
Cards (greetings and post cards)
Home Wares
Jewellery (gold smith and silver smith work preferred but not essential)
Leather work
Metal work
Wood work
Glass ware
Soft Furnishings including printed fabrics which you have designed
Craft Packs (ready to take away and make especially for novices and younger visitors)
small keep sake, mementos or "tourist" pieces
quirky and fun items but mainly original and of very high quality finish...
and so on...
If you make other things which aren't listed above please do apply anyway as it might have exactly THAT "Craft Factor" thang we are searching for!!!

What happens next:
If your work is accepted we will then send you the application form and move on to the second round which means we'll need to see your products in the flesh, but more on that later!

Apply via e-mail to:

June the 3rd 2012

* Craft Guerrilla will not be in charge of any payments derived from sales or commissions set nor do we receive any form of payment or commission from either the designer or the gallery. Each designer will be contracted to the gallery and any fees/charges/payments are to be discussed between the two parties. 
Craft Guerrilla are only serving as a "middle man". Designers hold all copyright for their designs and products. Designers provide any and all of their stock at their own expense unless commissioned by a third party. We strongly advise you to seek any clarification with the WMG concerning payment dates, payment method, insurance issues, VAT payment and invoicing and so forth.


Leonora said...

Hello, very interested to read this post. I am a professional s craftswoman, and I also worked on a voluntary basis for the William Morris Society at Kelmscott House, having done my Ph.D on Morris's poetry..., I don't know if we've met, but about 2 years ago I gave a paper at the Gallery on Morris's poetry. So obviously I would be delighted to have the opportunity to work with the Gallery. (I'm already a member of the Friends of the Wm. Morris Gallery).
I make knitwear, mainly Shetland Lace scarves and shawls, you can see my blog here....................

Dr. Jane Susanna ENNIS

Fedulab said...

WOW!!!! A big chance for crafty londoners, i wish i was in london right now ;)

Ms Wanda said...

Great news. Mr Morris I'm sure would heartily approve!

Jane said...

What a fantastic opportunity for makers and crafter in the London area!

Jane said...

What a fantastic opportunity for makers and craft people in the London area!