Brighton Craftaganza – is a regular contemporary craft and handmade market where designers & makers in and around Brighton sell their creations. Our a founding ethos is that handmade products are equal to, and often far better than, their mass-produced equivalents. In a sea of bland high-street ubiquity, Brighton Craftaganza is the perfect opportunity for Brightonians and visitors to check out the huge array of unique local designer talent.
For info, email us at: craftaganza (at) gmail (dot) com
Meet the Craftaganza Crew…
Having moved to Brighton two years ago from Barcelona, Zoe’s obsession with sewing clothes was most definitely not lost in transit. She was one of the three co-founders of Brighton Craftaganza and continues to push it forward to be bigger and better each time. She is the author of ‘So, Zo…’ blog which documents her mission to produce her own garments as part of an exploration into a more self-sufficient, responsible and enjoyable life (whilst looking like a handmade retro hottie!).
Kathryn is an honourary Brightonian having spent three years there at university, achieving the goal of eating a cheese toastie in every cafe on the North Laine. She helps Zoe out with the press and marketing of Craftaganza, including writing the Craft Business Advice round-ups for this blog. You can find her personal site at yesilikethat.wordpress.com, where she documents her adventures in London living, sewing, and museum visiting.
Sarah is a jewellery designer/maker who’s wonderfully playful brand Rock Cakes is available at local markets and fairs, including Brighton Craftaganza (naturally!), and through her popular Etsy site. She set up her brand in 2008 after moving from London to Brighton in search of a more creative life by the sea. Having been on board with the Brighton Craftaganza markets from the very beginning (she was also our very first interviewee for our ‘Meet the Seller’ series), Sarah is now a fully fledged member of the Craftaganza crew. She has shared with us her extensive knowledge of Etsy (which you can read here), helped out with the blog and even more excitingly, been the inventor of and catalyst behind Craftaganza Live, our new monthly free creative meetups!
Kirstin is a veteran of both Brighton and it’s creative scene. Having clocked up over ten years in the city her crafty endeavours included selling her artwork at the West Pier market. After battling the wind and rain for a year, she decided to set up the bi-monthly Handmade Alternative Craft Fair which took place at Komedia. The fairs gave birth to the Handmade Co-op, a non-profit shop in St. James Street. After two fabulous years, the shop’s closure has allowed her to refocus on her own creativity. Her stunning range of hand-drawn jewellery is available at on Etsy (check it out here) and at local markets, including Brighton Craftaganza. Kirstin is also lending her extensive creative organising talents and promoting abilities to Brighton Craftaganza, which has been all the more enriched because of it.