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week’s LDNER is just a little bit crafty, having started up a independent design market which hits all corners of London. For the first time they are party of the London Design Festival where they will unleash their quirky design talents through homeware, accessories, jewellery, prints and more, meet The Crafty Fox himself from Crafty Fox Market…

Tell us where you live in London and what you love about that area?

I love the backstreets and parks of South London but occasionally I like to venture across London for special events. For example, I’m looking forward to welcoming foxy friends in Shoreditch for London Design Festival.

What is your market all about and where can we find you?

Crafty Fox Market is all about supporting and nurturing independent designer-makers and artists. London is brimming with talent and I love helping shoppers find unique products sold directly by our network of amazing makers. I have a busy few weeks ahead – first up is The Crafty Fox Market London Design Festival event at Kachette in the heart of Shoreditch on 26 & 27 September. Then it’s off to The Dogstar in Brixton on 3 & 4 October followed by The Bussey Building in Peckham Rye on 10 & 11 October. There is a different line-up for each date so it’s a good idea to check the website for listings and to pay a visit on multiple dates.

Crafty Fox 3 - by Yeshen Venema

You are taking part in the LDF this year, what have you got going on?

On Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th September, I am going to be hosting 40 different designer/makers per day in Kachette – an atmospheric former train station turned event venue on Old Street, Shoreditch. Alongside the stalls there will be a jewellery making workshop by I Am Acrylic, 5 minute portraits from AndSmile, a large scale paper installation by Little Paper Vee, a bar, coffee cart and DJs spinning all day. Entry is free and children are welcome.

Whats the most crafty things a fox like you has seen in your design market world?

As an urban fox, I can’t wait to check out Stolen Form who create ceramics casts of iconic urban features. Concrete is another urban material that I love and I will definitely be getting my paws on a concrete planter by Pasinga. I have a growing collection of work by illustrator Jimbobart – animals wearing pants makes me laugh! There’s so much to choose from – I really am spoilt for choice.

Crafty Fox Market 2 - by Yeshen Venema - high res

What would be your perfect day in London?

The day would start with an early morning stroll around Brockwell Park in south London. You can’t beat the feeling of climbing to the top of the hill to take in the views over London in the sunshine. A perfect day would definitely be a Crafty Fox Market day so I would trot off to browse the stalls early while they are still fully stocked. Lunch would have to be at Franco Manca in Brixton Village or perhaps some jerk chicken followed by a stroll around the independent shops – including Brixi, a curiosity shop which never fails to delight and The Turpentine – another great spot for crafty delights From here I would trot over to Peckham for a dig in the records at Rye Wax followed by a drinks at at one of the great rooftop bars where I’d plan my nocturnal movements.