November 2020 saw us host our third ever Postable Pop-Up event...seeing around 300 UK based small businesses pop-up from home, to showcase their brands and products from corners of their homes, studio desks and garden offices! These events are hosted on Instagram as all brands come together via the hashtag #POSTABLEPOPUP for everyone to browse and to shop small!
With physical markets not able to go ahead due to lockdowns, our online solution has created a community-driven event, that fosters real connections, encourages positive shopping small habits and provides a unique space for shoppers and makers to collide, and for small businesses to continue to show up and showcase themselves within a safe space online.
This is the first event that we decided to host The Postable Pop-Up Awards, to recognise and celebrate the efforts that our makers went to get involved from home. There were 5 awards and today we are proud to share with you our winner of the November 2020 Green Finger Award! Kirsty amazing Furoshiki inspired Fabric wraps really caught our eye over the weekend, we loved the concept and thought they are a super easy and beautiful way to encourage everyone to be more environmentally friendly. Alongside these, we loved Kirsty's other craft kits which involve making re-usable products like Beewax Wraps or upcycling products like her Vintage China craft kit!
This is the lovely Kirsty, the lady whose passion for crafting and helping others to create beautiful products for a fraction of the cost, lead her to build her own brand, Make Do and Trend. Born from a project at University, Make Do and Trend, provides DIY craft kits and workshops based upon products that are trend-driven with sustainability in mind! Kirsty's contemporary fabric wraps really stole the show for the Green Finger Award for November's #postablepopup. With so many lush fabrics to choose from and tutorials on how to use them, we loved how beautifully simple the idea was and how they can be re-used time and time again.
Where did your love of your craft come from?
I had always loved art at school and spent way longer than I should on that topic over others! I used to customise my clothes in college and decided to change my career direction after a year of doing a different degree at University🙈 so I think it was always hiding my nature!
What has helped you stay inspired during lockdown?
I sort of had to pivot my business to make it work with not being able to do in-person craft workshops during lockdown. Working out how I can recreate the workshops in craft kit form has kept me inspired as well as coming up with new ideas and just having a bit more time to put into the business too!
What was your biggest learning curve in 2020? And what are your hopes for 2021?
My biggest learning curve of 2020 was to not be afraid of putting something out there before it’s perfectly polished, it’s better to put it out there and show the process. In 2021, I hope to grow the craft kit side of the business and keep launching kits monthly, as well as getting back to crafty hen parties!
If you could choose any independent business, who would you love to collaborate with?
I’d love to work with Holly Tucker, I love what she does for small businesses and the workshop/cafe space they have is fab. I’d love to run a craft workshop there. I do have a collab up my sleeve with a wonderfully crochet small business so watch this space!
What’s your favourite thing you’ve ever made?
My Furoshiki fabric wraps! I love the design of them with the ribbon and finding new awesome fabrics to create them with.
When did you first begin to host workshops, and what’s your favourite one to do?
I think it was around 2014 starting with workshops at my local cafe with crafting and cake and quickly grew into hen parties, retirement, birthday parties and baby showers too. My favourite is the hen parties as they’re always so much fun especially the ones who don’t think they’re crafty and are surprised with what they come up with!
Why is creating reusable and eco-friendly products important to you?
I feel like it is everyone’s responsibility to make little changes and if I can build my business on sustainability and take steps to improve. I love to upcycle things as well so if I can help inspire others too that’s amazing!
Thank you for sharing with us Kirsty!
If you want to find out more, you can head to Kirsty’s Instagram @make_do_and_trend to see more of her Furoshiki fabric wraps and craft kits, and if you'd like to purchase on head to her Make, Do & Trend shop! ! If you interested in finding out more about her workshops and craft parties the head to her website makedoandtrend.co.uk
To read more about our other winners, head to the Curated Makers blog here
To find out more about the Postable Pop-Up events click here