Support the Makers
Passionately championing makers, creatives & independents
Who we are....
Support The Makers was born from owner Carmen’s love of of colour, textiles and accessories all handmade by local makers in her native county of South Africa. Moving to Edinburgh I wanted to fill my home with colour and things that I loved and this started my journey into discovering local makers.
I hosted my first market in Portobello in 2018 and it was this first market that pushed me to create a platform to give local makers the chance to have their work exposed to a wider audience.
Over the past 5 years I have been able to work with a huge amount of handmade makers, creatives and independents to host markets, collaborate on exciting projects, attend festivals and work with venues to host markers markets, makers meets and creative workshops.
I will always look for new opportunities to give my makers and am very proud to have grown my love of handmade to where it is today.
What We Offer
We curate the bet local makers and creatives to attend our makers markets. We aim to give our makers a wider audience to showcase their work, to gain the confidence to sell their products at our markets and grow their own business. Makers are selected from our application form.
We work with venues and festivals to host makers markets and we also attend some markets as a trader.
We host makers networking events giving our makers and creatives the opportunity to meet other makers and also learn and develop new skills for their own business from guest speakers who are industry experts. These are monthly events with a range of guest speakers and fun activities at times on offer to support our makers.
We give creative workshop hosts the opportunity to host a creative workshop at our markets and we also at times co - host creative workshops. We encourage learning new skills for both adults and children and are passionate about workshops being a part of our markets and again giving our workshop hosts the confidence to showcase their skills.