A day out: Herne Hill Winter Fair

We want to send out a HUGE thank you to everyone who joined us in the Blue Patch tent last Saturday! Our marquee at the Herne Hill Christmas Fair was home to some of the best ethical, handmade products in the British Isles and we were proud to host such amazing talents.

The London cycling community were out in force and we had the perfect businesses for them in the form of Hartley CyclesGreen Oil and Umbags etc.

Caren Hartley, Hartley Cycles, Eco Friendly, Female Frame Builder

Caren Hartley in her bicycle workshop in Peckham.
© Ollie Hammick

We loved having Caren from Hartley Cycles’ beautiful hand-built and expertly designed bike at the front of our tent; a perfect symbol of Blue Patch’s mission to support passionate, highly skilled and environmentally aware craftsmen and women!

Green Oil, Chain Oil. Bike Lube, Simon Nash, Blue Patch, Environmentally friendly bikes

Green Oil with another happy customer!
© Tricia Keracher-Summerfield

Firm favourites of ours are the non-toxic bike maintenance products brought down by Simon of Green OilFormulated for performance by a keen cyclist, and using plant-based and sustainably sourced ingredients instead of the usual earth-destroying nasties found in bike oil and chain lube, Green Oil really is a no brainer.

Gill Umbags etc, up cycled bags, umbrellas

Umbags etc’s colourful stall brightened up a cold December day.

As well as her fab resusable bags and hair pins, Gill of Umbags etc’s bike seat covers were a huge smash and proved to be the perfect stocking filler! Handmade using reclaimed, upcycled umbrellas (many of them found abandoned on the street after one too many windy days), each of Gill’s products are unique and are helping to clean up your environment.

Julia Langley, Blue Patch, floral painting

Julia Langley’s wonderful paintings

Extraordinary artwork was provided by Annette Welch, Anna Silverton, Louise Ward and Jane and Julia Langley. It was brilliant to see such a range of techniques and crafts on display, with everything from botanical painting, to wheel thrown ceramics, to incredible photography being exhibited under one roof. We also had charming Christmas decoration kits and cards from felt artist, Lucy Storrs – the perfect activity to get us in the festive mood!

Flowers By Shamini, Herne Hill Christmas Fair, Blue Patch

Shamini with her gorgeous Christmas wreaths!

Shamini’s lovely floral centrepieces, plants and dried wreaths brought the Blue Patch tent to life, showcasing the best of seasonal British flowers. It was particularly interesting to learn about the meaning behind each creation – did you know that moss represents maternal love?!

There was another great story behind  Cock & Bull’s trendy caps, waistcoats, trousers and cufflinks. Made in the UK using British tweeds, their clothing and accessories are built to last and marry style and sustainability – our favourite combo!

Andre Cock and Bull, British Tweed, Blue Patch Christmas

Amazing British menswear from Cock & Bull.
© Tricia Keracher-Summerfield

We were also delighted to present bird box kits made from FSC approved wood by Birds, Bees and Bats. Keep yours plain for a natural timber look, or get creative and jazz it up using paint and other decoration.

A final massive thank you to all the kids (and parents) who helped us plant our sparkly recycled winter forest. We were so proud to see it transformed from a barren landscape to a multicoloured woodland wonderland. Deforestation is a massive problem and something we at Blue Patch want to help tackle with the help of our sustainable, environmentally friendly makers and customers.

Wouldn’t it be amazing to replant a real forest as the result of supporting local businesses? A win-win situation!

Recyled paper forest, newspaper trees, christmas crafts

Our wintery forest coming to life with the help of local children!
© Tricia Keracher-Summerfield

Keep a look out for more Blue Patch events in the new year, we’d love to see you all again soon!

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from everyone at Blue Patch!

Gogglebox Sandy Sandra, Brixton, Herne Hill Christmas Market, Green Santa

Our Green Santa meeting the lovely Sandy and Sandra from Gogglebox!
© Tricia Keracher-Summerfield

Our Blue Patch marquee was supported by Southwark Council, enabled by the Herne Hill Forum and situated on Dulwich Estates land. Thank you all!