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Designer Interview – Scout Editions

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Bold shapes, clean lines, minimalistic colours and quirky designs!

Bold shapes, clean lines, minimalistic colours and quirky designs are the hallmarks of the Scout Editions collection! The creation of sister and brother team Pui and Wai, this East London based art and design collective is known for their fun range of illustrated cards, prints and enamel pins. Their designs are inspired by travel and storytelling, and at Hannah Zakari we always look forward to seeing what new ideas they explore in each new collection.

In this Designer Interview, we spoke to Pui from Scout Editions about her influences, her design process and the merits of collaborating with other designers (and with a sibling!).

Scout Editions Print and Poster Image
What does an average working day in the Scout Editions studio look like?

Each day varies, no one is the same which is nice and keeps things interesting. I usually start from about 9 am and grab some breakfast and eat as I check my emails. Then I would maybe continue illustrating and developing the new collection, which we’re hoping to launch in May. As we’re developing the new range at the moment I like to take time to research sampling and materials, so this may involve visiting suppliers.

If I find I’m not feeling so productive, I try to nip out for some inspiration and catch up on an exhibition or see friends for a catch up, it usually does the trick, some fresh air and a change of scenery. I also work on freelance commissioned design projects; this may be a packaging design, branding project or illustration brief.

Wai is based in Hertfordshire, so we’re not in the same space. He organises all our online and trade orders. His day would involve sorting through and packing orders and making sure they are posted out. Also checking on stock etc.

If we have a trade show coming up, we both have tasks to do to prepare for the show. I would be getting the designs and products finished and ready whilst Wai would be gathering fixtures etc for the stand, like shelves, paint etc and thinking about display.

Hannah Zakari Interview Scout Editions Office Photograph

Do you listen to music while you work? What kind?

I do listen to music while I work. I love music! It varies from acoustic and folk to current music.

It also depends on my mood and what I’m doing in the studio. So if I have a tight deadline, I may put on something more upbeat and fun to keep me going. Generally I put on Spotify and listen to a lot of melancholic tunes, as its easy listening and relaxing.

Lately I’ve been getting into a lot podcasts too like ‘Femme’ by Daisy Lowe. Its really chatty and laid-back, if feels like you’re eavesdropping someones conversation which is fun to listen to.

Hannah Zakari Interview Scout Editions Photo of Greetings Card Range

A lot of people would balk at the idea of working with their siblings! How is it working as a brother and sister duo? Do you think there are more Scout Editions arguements than unrelated creative teams?

Ha! Yes I know what you mean. I think a few years back we wouldn’t have dreamt of working together, but somehow it works now. I think also as we work from two separate spaces, it helps as we both get to have our own space to create and come together when we need to chat through ideas etc.We’re both quite calm and patient so I think that helps.

Hannah Zakari Interview Scout Editions Pigeon Mug Image

You often collaborate with other designers and companies to create new work. How do these collaborations come about, and is there anything you particularly enjoy about working with other brands?

We first set up this brand and platform as we wanted to work with other independent brands and designers. We wanted it to be a melting pot of experimentation and play. Throughout the years we’ve had the privilege to work with some fun and talented people, some of whom have become great friends. Some collaborations just came naturally, like when we met Plain Pins, we knew them from doing Christmas markets a few years back. And Anna Wiscombe, we met at Renegade Craft Fair and we got talking and became friends and did a collaboration. Then there are some brands like Anthropologie, Tobias & The Bear who got in contact with us to do something, which is always really nice and they had seen us on Instagram.

We love working with all sorts of brands and designers. As it usually is in the realm of something we’re not experienced in, for example wood, clothing etc. So we get an insight into how people do things which is a challenge and always good fun.

Scout Editions enamel pins are super popular here at HZ! How do you decide on a new pin design?

Thank you! Yes our pins are probably one of our best sellers in our collection. We usually decide on a theme for the overall collection first and start designing the mini cards, prints etc. It’s then that we decide which illustration would look good small as our new pin. It might mean reducing our illustrations down to the size of a pin and seeing what works, as sometimes an illustration on a big print might not work small for a pin. So there’s a lot of reducing and cutting and pasting to see what works best.

If there are too many designs we want to make, which sometimes is the case, we tend to show our nieces and nephew and ask their opinion. They are very honest, there’s no holding back!

Hannah Zakari Interview Scout Editions Enamel Pins on Denim Jacket Photograph

You say on the Scout Editions website that you like to experiment with new formats and techniques. Do you have anything in mind that you’d like to try next?

Yes we love to experiment with formats and layouts, although not so much at the moment. When we first started out, we were creating cards in different formats, like concertina fold out tall cards etc. Although it was loved by shops, the feedback was that it was tricky to display on shop shelves. So we took on the feedback, and created products that are easier and more practical to display. We also created origami folded shirt cards. They sold so well, but we realised that in the long run, it probably wasn’t economical with our time if we had a huge order as each one is folded by hand and would take too long to make just one card. We love playing with scale too, creating mini cards and then super size screen prints and love the contrast in sizes.

Our work is mainly in paper, however would love to work with wood or ceramics. This may take a bit more time as we’re not experienced in these materials, so will need to do a bit more research and seek specialists in these areas.

Would you say there are any other designers, illustrators or artists who have particularly inspired you?

We get inspired everyday. However we do always go back to our all time favourites like Saul Bass, Charley Harper. And artists like Jean Michel Basquait and Andy Warhol.

As I’m a Graphic Designer as well as an Illustrator so I tend to get drawn to simple, graphic illustrations. There are a lot of inspiring and interesting designers and makers out there at the moment, I think I would find it too tricky to choose just one.

Do you have any advice for aspiring designers?

I would say stay focused and try to develop your own style. Try your best not get too influenced by current trends. Its good to take time to develop and grow your own direction, as this will lead to longevity and will make your work more memorable. However I do sometimes get influenced by the seasons colour palette etc, but I try to tailor it so it fits within what I do.

We think its also good to keep an open mind too, and see what everyone else is doing, so that you can see the bigger picture and where you sit amongst it.

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A big thank you to Pui for talking to us and giving us such a great insight into the workings of Scout Editions! We can’t wait to see the new collection when it comes out.

In the mean time, here are a few of our favourite Scout Editions designs in the HZ shoppe:

Four Leaf Clover Enamel Pin Hannah Zakari Scout Editions

4 Leaf Clover Enamel Pin £8.00

Lucky Clover Enamel Pin

 

Blue Tit Greetings Card Hannah Zakari Scout Editions

Blue Tit Mini Card £2.50

Blue Tit Mini Card

Robin Enamel Pin Badge Hannah Zakari Scout Editions

Robin Enamel Pin £8.00

Robin Enamel Pin

 

You can find our whole range of Scout Editions products on the Hannah Zakari webshoppe!

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Designer Interview – Kate Rowland

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Aimee talks to Kate about her life, her work and her favourite stationery.

Kate Rowland’s jewellery is a big hit here at Hannah Zakari! Her laser cut wooden brooches and earrings with hand painted details are quirky, cute, and extremely wearable. And as well as making some of our favourite jewellery, as an illustrator Kate also produces beautiful, delicate watercolour paintings: we’re in awe!

In this Designer Interview, Aimee talked to Kate about her life, her work and her favourite stationery.

Kate Rowland in Dungarees Designer Photograph at Hannah Zakari

Kate Rowland

You recently moved across the world to Japan! What do you like best about living in Tokyo? And has it been easy settling in?

I’m so lucky! It’s an overwhelming place, everyday I see something bizarre. It’s definitely not easy moving away from home, especially in a country where the language is so difficult (not to mention earthquakes!). But the history, landscape and culture here is so inspiring. We are trying to see and experience as much as possible before we move home in autumn.

Have you discovered any great Japanese stationery or art materials since you’ve been in Tokyo?

I have! To the detriment of my bank account. I love to use brush pens, ink and watercolours, and the choice here is overwhelming. My favourite watercolours are made by a Japanese brand, Kuratake, so I’ve been stocking up on different colours. Even the 100 yen shops here stock decent brushes and pens! I’m also a huge loser, and love visiting DIY shops, I’ve bought some lovely, unusual wood and plastics to laser cut into jewellery…

Kate Rowland Painter's Palette Brooch at Hannah Zakari

Kate Rowland Painter’s Palette Brooch

Our customers love your laser cut jewellery, with the Paint Palette and Feminist Heart brooches being particular favourites. Do you have a favourite piece in your collection?

The greenhouse necklace has been a favourite of mine for years! It was the first piece where I really started thinking about my designs as three dimensional objects, rather than flat images to be laser cut. I still love hand painting them too, even though I’ve made hundreds! Each one is different and organic, and there’s something lovely about that.

Tell us a little bit about your design process; how is a piece of Kate Rowland jewellery made?

My ideas start out as scribbles or notes in the margin of my sketchbook, and often they will stay there for months, if not years! Then I’ll work on them until I’m happy, draw up and ink the final designs. Once the drawings are vectorised, I engrave and laser cut them. This often involves a lot of trial and error, especially if I am making a particularly detailed, complex design, or using a new material. Then the wood is sanded, sometimes painted, and assembled into a piece of jewellery!

As well as designing super cute jewellery, you do some illustration work for clients; which side of your business do you prefer (if either) and why?

That’s a hard question. I absolutely love designing jewellery, and making things with my hands, seeing something physical and tangible emerge from an idea. To know that people want to wear my work is an amazing feeling. But I’ll always want to draw and paint, and to make a living from that is something I aspire to!

A Self Portrait of Kate Rowland at work

Self Portrait at Work

Do you have any advice you can share with aspiring illustrators and designers?

Always look outside of your discipline, don’t stop creating, and don’t compare yourself to others!

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Enormous thanks to Kate for talking to us! You can see our range of awesome Kate Rowland jewellery on the Hannah Zakari webshoppe. Here are a few of our favourite pieces:Damn Fine Coffee Brooch

 

Book Worm Brooch

 

Paint Palette Brooch

Check out more of Kate’s work on her website here!

 

 

 

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Hannah Zakari Christmas Gift Guide – Last Minute Ideas!

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A Christmas Gift Guide poem by Aimee Lockwood

HZ Shoppe Girl Aimee helps you out this year with a fun Christmas Gift Guide!

It’s a week before Christmas and all through the town,

People are rushing around and around.

Your friends are all sorted, their shopping’s been done

But you haven’t started and now you must run!

What to get for your girlfriend, your in-laws, your mum?

Panic sets in now the season has come.

But don’t worry, dear shoppers, abandon your fears,

Hannah Zakari is here with lots of ideas!

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Our shoppe is still full of cute patches and pins,

If you’re stuck for ideas they’re ideal to begin:

Mama Bear Enamel Pin Bonbi Forest at Hannah Zakari Christmas Gift Guide

Mama Bear Enamel Pin £8.00

Origami Unicorn Enamel Pin by Hug A Porcupine at Hannah Zakari Christmas Gift Guide

Origami Unicorn Enamel Pin £18.00

Donut Love Embroidered Patch by Bel's Art World at Hannah Zakari Christmas Gift Guide

Donut Love Embroidered Patch

For someone especially dear to your heart,

Maybe some brand new and stunning wall art?

Midnight Forest Woodland Wall Hanging by Layla Amber at Hannah Zakari Christmas Gift Guide

Midnight Forest Woodland Wall Hanging £70.00

World Map Illustrated Print by Cosas Minimas at Hannah Zakari Christmas Gift Guide

World Map Illustrated Print

Buying jewellery for others can sometimes be tough,

But in our large collection there’s something they’ll love.

 

Pink Dusk Necklace by Wolf and Moon at Hannah Zakari Christmas Gift Guide

Pink Dusk Necklace

Stomp T Rex Stud Earrings by Eclectic Eccentricity from Hannah Zakari Christmas Gift Guide

Stomp! T-Rex Stud Earrings £12.00

Maple Cork and Wooden Necklace by Apres Ski from Hannah Zakari Christmas Gift Guide

Maple Necklace £88.00

Lightning Stud Earrings by Custom Made from Hannah Zakari Christmas Gift Guide

Lightning Stud Earrings £14.50

And if you’re really not sure what exactly they’d wish,

Mustard Bream Cotton Keychain Purse by Don Fisher from Hannah Zakari Christmas Gift Guide

Mustard Bream Cotton Purse

You can’t go wrong with a cute Christmas… fish?

We hope that we’ve helped you a bit on your way,

To finding some gifts for this Christmas Day.

But don’t stress too much; although presents are fine,

This season is really about spending time

With the people you love, and about whom you care.

So with that Merry Christmas, and a happy new year!

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You can find all these cute gift ideas and a lot more on the Hannah Zakari webshoppe; orders over £50 will be posted out Special Delivery until 2pm on Thursday 21st, so there’s still a bit of time! And we’ll be open here in the Edinburgh shoppe up until the 23rd, so if you’re still stuck then we’ll be around to help out 🌟

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Hannah Zakari Christmas Gift Guide – Quirky Charm

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A Christmas Gift Guide for the Quirky person in your life!

If there’s one group of people that we absolutely love buying Christmas presents for, it’s this one. People who stand out from the crowd; who love bright colours, fun designs and who aren’t afraid to let their style make a statement. This is the Hannah Zakari gift guide for all the quirky people out there!

These people go their own way, and that sense of individualism makes them great fun to buy presents for. We hope that some of the suggestions below inspire you on your quest for quirk!

🎄🎄🎄Keep your keys safe the cute way with Don Fisher’s fun Herring keychain purse.Mustard Herring Cotton Keychain Purse by Don Fisher Hannah Zakari Christmas 2017 Gift Guide

This cute Terrarium necklace by Finest Imaginary is perfect for plant lovers.Diamond Terrarium Necklace by Finest Imaginary Hannah Zakari Christmas 2017 Gift Guide

Swank Pegasus Necklace Hannah Zakari Christmas 2017 Gift Guide

Soar high with Swank’s magnificent gold acrylic Pegasus necklace!This sweet Lobster enamel pin by Scout Editions is the cutest crustacean in town.Lobster Enamel Pin by Scout Editions Hannah Zakari Christmas 2017 Gift Guide

 

 

The perfect gift for your fun loving girl friends, these Girl Gang earrings by Jennifer Loiselle will make you smile.Girl Gang Acrylic Earrings by Jennifer Loiselle Hannah Zakari Christmas 2017 Gift Guide

Or how about these luscious Lemon earrings by I Am Acrylic for someone who likes a bright pop of colour in their jewellery?Acrylic Lemon Earrings by I Am Acrylic Hannah Zakari Christmas 2017 Gift Guide

 

For something truly quirky, how about this original Sunae pineapple sand art piece by Naoshi?Naoshi Pineapple Original Sunae Sand Art Hannah Zakari Christmas 2017 Gift Guide

 

Guaranteed to impress, this stunning statement Lido necklace by Lou Taylor will be loved by anyone with a bold sense of style.Lido Swimmers Acrylic by Lou Taylor Hannah Zakari Christmas 2017 Gift Guide

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We like to think we do quirky style pretty well here at Hannah Zakari, so if there’s nothing on this list that piques your interest it’s definitely worth checking out the rest of our range in the HZ webshoppe!

 

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HZ Gift Guide – The Big One!

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It’s The Big One! Our Christmas Gift Guide for those special presents!

Our second Hannah Zakari Christmas Gift Guide is all about the big one. The main gift you’ll buy this year, that extra special treat for someone who means the world to you. You want to get them something meaningful: something they’ll love, something they’ll cherish, something they’ll keep. It’s not always an easy thing to find, but once you’ve found it you’ll KNOW it’s perfect.

We think we’ve got a few things that fit the bill here at HZ. From delicate silver earrings to bold and beautiful statement necklaces, these pieces by our talented independent jewellery designers are the ideal way to show someone that you care this Christmas!

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I Heart Earrings by Upper Metal ClassI Heart Earrings by Upper Metal Class Hannah Zakari Christmas Gift Guide

 

Nova Necklace by We Dream In ColourNova Necklace by We Dream In Colour Hannah Zakari Christmas Gift Guide

 

Little Galaxy Earrings by We Dream In ColourLittle Galaxy Earrings by We Dream In Colour Hannah Zakari Christmas Gift Guide

 

 

Phase Earrings by Wolf and MoonPhase Earrings by Wolf and Moon

 

Protective Hand Ring by Datter Hannah Zakari Christmas Gift Guide

Protective Hand Ring by Datter

 

Nouveau Large Flower Necklace by Rosa PietschNouveau Flower Necklace by Rosa Pietsch Hannah Zakari Christmas Gift Guide

You can see more of the stunning work by these designers online on the Hannah Zakari webshoppe now!

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Up Your Pin Game!

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Hannah Zakari has the cutest pins and patches – have you upped you #pingame yet?!

Have you ever bought a new jacket purely because you’ve run out of space for lapel enamel pins on the old one? Installed a cork board on your wall not for keeping track of paperwork, but for displaying the many enamel badges you’re not currently wearing? Spent your last tenner before payday on a cute new pin you just HAD to have, even if it meant eating instant noodles for dinner three days in a row?

If so, then you have joined the ranks of the Flair Addicts; and you’re in good company. These tiny wearable artworks have been becoming exponentially more popular over the last couple of years, and here at Hannah Zakari we’ve been gradually building our collection to keep up. I don’t think it’s any exaggeration to say that our selection has become pretty enviable!

We love enamel pins because they’re a great, affordable way to get hold of some quality work by our favourite indie designers. With so many different designs available, there really is something for everyone. Here’s a few suggestions to get your collection started:

Food Glorious Food

Gastronomes are sure to find something to love in our extensive collection of food inspired enamel pins! How about pinning a fried egg or cute fruit to your apron?

This cute Clementine enamel pin badge by Scout Editions wants to be your darling!


Wear this cute Avocato avocado cat pin by Pony People while you make your millennial toast

However you like your eggs, Naoshi’s fried egg girl is sure to appeal to your sunny side.

 

Send A Message

These bold pins featuring words of wisdom from some of our favourite designers are great gifts for opinionated friends.

One for writers by Rock Cakes: The Pen is Mightier than the Sword!

This motivational pin by Bonbi Forest will inspire courage.

Behold! Your feminist agenda on a pin, courtesy of Hand Over Your Fairy Cakes.

 

Cute Animals

We are unashamed fans of all things cute and cuddly here at Hannah Zakari, so animal themed pins feature heavily among our favourites!
This pristine poodle by Stay Home Club will smarten up your lapel.

Or if cats are more your thing, how about this adorable artistic kitty by Bel’s Art World?

This stunning origami deer brooch by Hug A Porcupine is sure to appeal to the wild at heart.

With such a diverse range of pins out there, your problem is less likely to be finding one you like than choosing between the many you want! Might be time to buy that new jacket…

All these pins and many more are available now on the Hannah Zakari webshoppe.

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Read our fifth Hannah Zakari zine!

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If you missed your chance to pick up one the Hannah Zakari 2017 Zine this summer, never fear; the entire thing is now available online right here! We hope you enjoy reading it as much as we enjoyed putting it together.

hannah zakari zine 2017 front cover naoshi artwork

The cover artwork for our zine is also now available in our online shop. These cute prints are based on original Sunae (Japanese sand art) illustrations by the wonderful Naoshi, and they’re a super fun and quirky way to add some colour to your walls! Choose from the rainy Daytime Skyline front cover or the sleepy Nighttime Skyline back cover:


Daytime Skyline A4 print by Naoshi 

Nighttime Skyline A4 print by Naoshi 

Work by Naoshi, King Sophie’s World, I Am Acrylic and many of the other artists and designers featured in our zine is available on the online shoppe now!

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Peel Eezy’s Art Classroom at HZ

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Recently we invited pop up proposals for the use of the space upstairs at HZ, hoping to provide some much needed space and opportunities to creative folk in Edinburgh during the Fringe Festival. One such proposal came from the dynamic duo that is Peel Eezy!

Peel Eezy is the collaborative practice of Gemma Crook and Mina Heydari-Waite, two artists based in Edinburgh city. They are interested in access to art institutions, artist run spaces and arts education. Together they have created a brand of future imaginary art institutions consisting of a collection of installations, art objects, performances, videos and printed matter.

Enter The Art Classroom, an alternative future conception of art production in collage, crayon and clay.

The classroom consists of a Still Life and Life Drawing Class, hosted by Peel Eezy performing as technician characters. With a fixed looped script our classroom technicians guide matriculated students through the process of creating new art objects “tied to the speculative exchange of money”.

Armed with baskets of sweet mandarins, Peel Eezy approached unsuspecting visitors to HZ, inviting them upstairs to take part in a life drawing class, unlike any other. For one thing, the life model was slowly rotating!

My personal favourite material from the classroom was this peculiar clay that turned into a soft but solid foam.

Visitors were invited to hang their work on the walls afterwards, creating a temporary exhibition space.

There was also a small shop and book stand, with previous works by Peel Eezy and zines by other artists interested in artistic pedagogy.

It was a blast having Peel Eezy here last weekend and if you’d like to keep an eye out for their future events, check out their Instagram !

 

 

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Live and Sparkle!

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Cosmic Baby Cat Keyring £10

Just when you thought our shop couldn’t simply FIT any more delightfulness inside our doors, these cutie patooties arrived and found room. Sparkle Collective is owned and operated by Britt Saunders, a Toronto-based illustrator and designer. We’re proud to be her only current UK stockist!

She is inspired by cats, and fuelled by donuts.

I was pretty excited when her stock arrived, admittedly because we finally have a pin that’ll be perfect for dog lovers. Don’t get it twisted, felines are fine and dandy but where is the love for man’s best friend?  Isn’t it fab that Britt doesn’t forget about those of us who believe in:

Puppy Power £10

We’ve had these items in stock only a few days but already there’s a firm favourite:

Herbivore Bunny  £10

Maybe it’s something about the spring in his step or the fact that it’s a gentle way of sharing your plant based beliefs; either way they’re selling like (vegan) hot cakes.

These cute critters will find forever homes soon so if you’re interested pop in to us or check out our online store.

This isn’t all we have in store from Sparkle Collective but I’ll leave you with one last wee sweetie to sample:

Cotton Candy Cat £10

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Rent our studio – for free!

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Hidden upstairs from the HZ Shoppe, is a lovely bright studio! It’s a great space for a small workshop or pop-up shop and we’d love to welcome a like minded business to take advantage of it. With this in mind we’d like to offer a free days use to any business holding an event/pop-up shop with us over July and August.

If you’re interested in the space please email with details of what you’d like to use it for. We’re looking for like-minded businesses but are open to all ideas – a workshop, pop-up shop, exhibition space, you name it we’d love to hear about it.

In the past we’ve held exhibitions by Go Uchida, a talk by Leona from (then) Lucky Dip Club, and workshops from I Am Acrylic and Dazed Dorothy, all of which were well received and fully attended.

Now for some serious stuff –  you will need to provide all tables and equipment and advertise your own event, however we’re totally happy to blog about it and have flyers/posters in the shop. Any further days hire will be charged at £40 + VAT per day (discount for more than 3 consecutive days and more for longer term events), and the event must take place within our opening hours (you will be able to set up/take down the day before/after). We will hold a small deposit to secure your dates and to be returned after the space is vacated in the same condition as it was hired out. Please note that we will choose ideas that we feel fit best with the Hannah Zakari vibe.

Interested? Email me, Rachael, at hannahzakari@gmail.com with your idea and what you plan to do and when you’d like to do it, I’ll get back to you as soon as I can 🙂

 

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