Winter Festival Sunday Market: unique local gifts

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Roman Road Winter Festival’s Sunday Market on 7th December will bring you locally crafted wares, gifts and art – every thing you need to get you in the spirit for the Christmas season and all ‘Made in Bow’ (or very close by).

Virginia the Wolf bird skull jewellery

Necklace featuring painted bird skull with gold beak.
Virginia the Wolf bird skull necklance

Bethnal Green jeweller, Virginia the Wolf, makes jewellery and sculpture art out of ethically sourced animal bones from around the world. No two pieces are alike, as each bone is uniquely designed by nature, for many years, symbolising, not death, but life, as bones are a remembrance of the animal which lived, displaying stories of its journey through such exquisite natural design.

Kitchen of Arina Oros food gifts

Homemade sauces and condiments in rustic jars with paper labels  by Kitchen of Ariana Oros.
Kitchen of Ariana Oros food jars

Butter mad Hackney chef, Ariana Oros, loves turning vegetables into cream, nuts into butters, and odd ingredients into great morning spreads, inventing tasty combinations, and putting everything into sterilized jars.

Olive Road vintage clothes and accessories

Bags made from vintage fabric.
Bags made from vintage fabric by Olive Road

Olive Road Vintage has been set up by two curly haired cousins, Sarah (who has lived off Roman Road for 20 years) and Sophie. They love vintage finds and upcycled clothes, and vintage clothes from the 70s and 80s as well as bags made out of vintage fabric.

Mirjam Schwartze pottery

Hand crafted pottery tableware.
Mirjam Schwartze pottery

Mirjam Lawrence’s pieces are hand ‘pinched’, celebrating the irregular: the round that is not quite a circle, the imperfect. The decorations are painted on with black clay and lines scratched through before the first firing. Applying the glaze transforms the paintings into vibrant blue and white images. Lawrence’s pieces include bowls, platters, plates, cups. Each one is different and individual.

Illy Trilly leather hair accessories

Girl winking and sucking on a lollipop wearing an hairband decorated with brightly coloured graphic hearts and stars in leather
Illy Trilly leather hair accessories

ILLYTRILLY is a hair accessories brand. Founder and local resident Illaria Mercanti uses leather to create quirky hair accessories. Mercanti releases two collections a year inspired by the Autumn/Winter and Spring/Summer catwalks – though leather is always the common denominator.

Hanks Records vintage vinyls

Vintage vinyl records organised by genre
Hanks Records

You may have stumbled across Hanks Records on Roman Road already. They’ll be at the Winter Market with their huge range of vintage vinyls covering all music genres.

Ilka Dickens framed prints

See You Down The Roman framed print by Bow artist Ilka
See You Down The Roman framed print by Bow artist Ilka Dickens

Established in 2012, Dickens ink. is a greeting card and print publisher based in Bow, East London. All of the quirky and bold designs are created by graphic designer, Ilka Dickens.Her work is now stocked in shops throughout the UK including our very own SNAP Store.

Laura Lee Design 

Black bowl with polished gold inside by Laura Lee Design.

New Roman Road pop-up Laura Lea Design will be at Roman Road Winter Festival’s Sunday Market selling a handpicked selection from her network of artists and designers across the country. Some truly unique pieces. If you haven’t managed to get to the pop-up (at Anchor + Hope until the end of the year) catch her here.

Deborah Handforth postcards and art work

Postcard depicting barges on Regent's Canal by Deborah Handforth
Postcard depicting barges on Regent’s Canal by local artist Deborah Handforth

Local artist and printer Deborah Handforth has lived in Bethnal Green and Bow since 1997 and studied art at Chisenhale Studios and East London Printmakers. Her work has expanded from portraits into local landscapes, with particular focus on the shapes, colours, reflections and light that characterise East Londonl. She’ll be selling her postcards, prints, framed cards, and mini still life paintings.

Papertrail greetings cards

Christmas greeting cards displayed on a line made by Papertrail
Greetings cards made by Papertrail

Papertrail is the off-shoot of hackney-based design studio Tone and Manner. All of our cards have been specially designed and then individually hand finished with a blank coloured paper on the inside. Our cards are not mass produced and our aim is to offer something different to the design-conscious customer who wants to send a unique greeting card to someone special.

Soothe-Me skincare products

skincare products in round jars with purple lids
Soothe-Me vegan skincare products homemade locally

Locally made and award-winning skincare remedies Soothe-Me are handmade in Bow by local resident Suzie Hacker. Soothe-me skincare products are perfect for those with sensitive skin and to help eczema as they are all vegan and free from harmful synthetic chemicals.  The Soothe-Me range  has won Best Lip Balm and Best Baby Skincare product at the Green Parent Magazine Natural Beauty Awards.  Soothe-Me won Gold for their Super Baby Oil (of which £1 of every sale goes to Baby Tess Heart Trust Fund).

Ellies Heirlooms vintage linen clothes

vintage girl's dress with initials with red collar
Revamped vintage girl’s dress

Ellie’s Heirlooms crafts items of clothing from vintage linen that is then hand-printed with patterns for a new lease of life. The nature of the work each product is totally unique. Bow resident and founder of company, Ellie Piercy sources vintage linen, mainly from France and free hand cut and print patterns Inspired by ancient fabric. These are also modelled on the style and principle of 1930s feed sacks, which provided women with a functional, but beautiful piece of fabric, to make clothes for practical everyday use. Pierce also buys or finds fired crockery and paints, free-style, directly onto the glaze, to create the feel of fabric on china. Particularly painting vintage florals, and the beautiful geometric designs from Africa and India. These are then sealed, to give a beautiful, original and unique finish, making them dishwasher proof and practical.

Handmade and Awesome jewellery and clothing

Necklaces made up of brightly coloured plastic shapes by Cleo Cobb
Plastic necklaces by Cleo Cobb

Bow resident Cleo Cobb is the designer behind Handmade and Awesome, a collection of tshirts, toys, prints and cards. Inspired by childhood toys and colours, Cobb’s Handmade and Awesome collection has evolved and developed from making gifts for her daughters, friends and family. Everything is handmade with a emphasis on pattern, a passion for colour and a determination to make vintage print last for as long as possible by incorporating re-sourced fabrics into her designs. All the designing, drawing, cutting, printing, sewing and sticking is done from Cobb’s little London workshop (spare room).

Alibi Pantry food gifts

Traditional English Christmas pudding wrapped in muslin by Alibi Pantry
Locally made Christmas puddings by Alibi Pantry

Buy your Christmas pudding from local resident and chef Alison Noor. Noor has had a long career as an esteemed chef, most notably as Head Chef at the Hartford Group which included the restaurants Dakota, Montana, Idaho, and Canyon. Here she created innovative and ground-breaking food culminating in winning the coveted Caterer and Hotel Keeper Award for best menu in 2000. Noor moved on from the Hartford Group to open Boisdale’s second restaurant Boisdale of Bishopsgate where she crafted a more traditional menu based on Scottish produce. More recently Noor has worked for Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen Foundation where she taught underprivileged young adults to become chefs. Her Alibi Pantry range of food is all home made.

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Winter Festival: children’s activities