E17 Designers' story so far....

The E17 Designers network was first founded in 2006, by Ali Reader (Number 6) , Clare Tomlinson (Little Mashers) and Carolyn Abbott to help local designers sell and promote their work. The first E17 Designers’ Market was held outdoors on the Village Square (fortunately, it didn’t rain). Since then we have organised events at venues across the borough. Over 150 different designer-makers have shown off their work at over 90 events in 13 years. Designers love to make things, and E17 Designers helps them to sell what they make. Designers love to make things and, with the wealth of design talent we have in E17, that means very beautiful things indeed – from jewellery and ceramics to fashion and knitwear, from prints and stationery to soft furnishings and accessories. But designers also need to sell things if they are to survive – and that’s where E17 Designers’ Markets comes in, creating happy, sociable shopping spaces where buyers can talk directly to makers, and turn their (excellent) taste into pounds in the designers’ pockets. E17 Designers’ set up regular events and pop up shops: around 10 markets a year take place in large venues such as Mirth, Marvel & Maud and Waltham Forest Community Hub, as well as participating in.....


·      E17 Art Trail

·      Leytonstone Arts Trail and Festival

·      Walthamstow Garden Party

·      Barbican OpenFest

·      William Morris Gallery (Valentine’s Event 2013 and Christmas 2015 - 2018)

·      Hoe Street Central

·      The Mall

·      Vestry House Museum

.       One Hoe Street (Borough of Culture venue)



It’s our job to promote the events to the widest possible audience, and to make sure that everyone who comes through the door feels welcome and inspired. Members of E17 Designers benefit from priority booking at events, promotion via our large and lively social media presence, regular members’ news, networking meetings and their own dedicated webpages. Many of the members participate regularly in London-wide markets, too, such as Spitalfields, Sunday UpMarket, Crafty Fox, Urban Makers East, Etsy and many, many more!

E17 Designers is a community, supporting and encouraging the people who are involved in it. If you would like to know more, email contact@e17designers.co.uk  or contact us through the website contact form.






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