So what do you do when the world throws you a curve ball and plans are stopped in their tracks? For the past two years, the last weekend in November has been the date of our popular Chiswick Creatives Christmas Makers’ Market. Local artists and makers come together to set up their stalls and sell a wonderful range of seasonal wares, handmade gifts and festive decorations.
Almost before the dust had settled on last year’s market we’d started thinking about this year’s event. Tomorrow – Saturday 28 November – we again planned to throw wide the doors of the Michael Room above St Michael and All Angels Church in Bedford Park and welcome all our lovely customers, new and old, to start their Christmas shopping with us.
Of course, 2020 had very different plans in store for us all and we’re incredibly disappointed that we won’t get to see you in person this year. Instead, we thought we’d share with you some fond memories of Christmas Markets past. (We’ve also worked our socks off to bring you an alternative, online “Christmas Makers’ Market” this year where you can still buy our festive wares – but more of that later).
The Chiswick Creatives Christmas Pop-up Makers’ Market 2019
By this time last year we had flyered the mean streets of Chiswick, our posters were in many a shop window thanks to the wonderful support of other local businesses and our banner jostled for space on the church railings.
Trestle tables were set up, matching tablecloths ironed (it’s all in the details!) and our festive wares artfully displayed. The hall was bedecked with lights, there was music in the air and the spirit of Christmas was definitely in the room. It certainly felt very special indeed.
Clockwise from top left: Jill Meager, Wildlife Artist | The CC Christmas Tree | Zoe Angle, Angle Glass | Helen Hunter, Aqua Handmade Books | Jill Hunter, Woven in Words | Charlotte Berridge, Charlotte Berridge Studio
Clockwise from top left: Andy & Darrell, Lost in Scent | Marina Linehan, Marina’s Home | Juliet Strong, Juliet Strong Jewellery | Angela Weyers, Sticky Toffee Chic | Amy Manning, Fairly Amy | Kathryn Campbell, Ilkley London
Christmas 2020: this year we’ve brought the market to you!
It was with heavy hearts (but everyone’s safety in mind), that we decided to cancel this year’s Christmas Market. Individually, we could have felt disappointed, dispirited and deflated. Instead, we chatted together, a seed was sown and excitement grew. Ideas became reality as a website began to take shape. Can we get it done before Christmas? Yes we can! Can we get a Christmas Gift Guide together? Yes we can! Definitely a case of the Chiswick Creatives motto “Together we can do more” in action.
So, despite not being able to welcome you as planned to our Chiswick Creatives Christmas Maker’s Market 2020, we are still very much with you in spirit. Through our online Christmas Gift Guide and Maker’s Marketplace you can browse and shop the same special, handmade and original gifts that would have been piled high on our market stalls this weekend. So switch on the fairy lights or light some candles, put your favourite festive tunes on low and settle yourself down for some online artisan gift shopping Chiswick Creatives-style.
Support local and shop independent this Christmas
Visitors to our markets, and our online customers too, come to us to buy original creations by local artisans that they won’t find elsewhere. So what better time to mention that, coincidentally, today is Black Friday – better known to those of us in the maker’s community as Indie Friday and the final day of JUST A CARD – INDIE WEEK. (If you haven’t already, you can read our blog about the JUST A CARD campaign here).
Now in its fourth year, JUST A CARD – INDIE WEEK provides “an antidote to the fast-purchase culture of Black Friday and aims to raise awareness of the importance of valuing and buying from artists, makers and independent shops and small businesses during the crucial Christmas period”. With so many events and markets cancelled this year, independent artisans in particular are relying on online shopping this year to keep their small businesses afloat. Every sale counts, even if it is just a card, and we truly appreciate each and every purchase.
So, although Indie Week has just ended, please join with us this festive season in continuing to celebrate and support small and independent businesses in our local W4 area, and further afield too. We hope you’ve enjoyed this little trip down a seasonal memory lane, stay safe and well, and we can’t wait to see you in person in 2021.