Creekside Interviews #1

With the big move from Deptford to Bermondsey over, our open studios at the end of June fast approaching and all the artists settled into their new spaces it’s high time to resurrect the blog!

Starting with the Creekside interviews: each week we’ll post one – one Creekside resident to another – about motivation, the creative process and our particular ongoing projects. We hope you enjoy them!

First up we have Alice Tams interviewing Chloe Hope King.
Chloe is a fashion and jewellery designer whose perfectly constructed pieces are bold, bright and ostentatious, designed for those who have something to say!
Alice is a freelance illustrator, specialising in anthropomorphic creatures and generally silly things, who also runs a small business selling her designs on a range of products.

One of the many pieces of jewellery designed and made in Chloe's studio

One of the many pieces of jewellery designed and made in Chloe’s studio

Hi Chloe! What do you identify as the most? An artist, a designer, a creative etc?
I would say ‘a creative’ is the best term for me, or a maker. My job title is a creative director so I get involved in all sorts from designing and making, to the less exciting business side of making my craft saleable.

Music or no music as a creative stimulant?
No music when I’m really concentrating on something, especially if it’s very technical, but once I’m in the more familiar parts of the design process I usually like a little bop around the studio.

What’s the best thing about your line of work?
I can do what I want! Almost complete control over daily activities and I don’t get into trouble for making a big sticky, glittery mess!

Work in progress: glitter stud earrings

Work in progress: glitter stud earrings

What’s the worst, or what do you worry most about?
I worry that people might come out with similar things to me – either through mutual inspiration or big nasty companies being ‘inspired’ by my work, it happens to a lot of independent makers and it’s always disappointing.

Do you suffer from creative block?
No I don’t, I actually have the problem of having too many ideas and not enough time to act on all of them, so I have to be very selective and pick what I hope are the best ones.

Sketches and workings by Chloe

Sketches and workings by Chloe

What inspires you?
My inspiration changes from collection to collection. A lot, given that I’m a product designer, comes from my customers – so popular culture, my peers – I have to bare in mind that not everything I design is 100% for me – the end point needs to be a saleable product. Having said that, it’s my design signature to be very quirky and not to come up with generic products so it help that my inspirations come from as broad a background as possible. To see for yourself, check out my Pinterest ( or my ever changing inspiration wall in the studio!

What are you working on at the moment?
My new jewellery collection of around 50 pieces – rings, earrings, necklaces, bracelets etc. I’m in the sampling stage right now so lots of trial and error, fiddly laser cutting, glitter, resin and other surprising elements. That will launch on my website, within the next few weeks and will be on sale at Intrigue Emporium, designer maker fair in Shoreditch in June. After that it’s straight onto my first swimwear collection – which funnily enough is what my degree is in, rather than jewellery!

Chloe herself!

Chloe herself!




Creekside Artists Christmas Open Studios 2012 Deptford London APT Laban

Creekside Artists Christmas Open Studios 2012
Fri 7th DEC 6-9pm
Sat 8th DEC 11am – 6pm
Sun 9th DEC 11am- 6pm

Come on in and warm those frozen cockles on our festive mulled-wine & mulled-art combo!

Lots of new (mulled)artists to meet & new art to marvel at & of course lots of work available to buy direct from the artists:

Limited Edition Signed Prints, Original Artworks, Handmade Cards, Hand-Painted Mugs (Probably)

You know the drill!


The Faircharm Fair







Stalls are still available for the Faircharm Fair to be held during the deptford X festival weekends 28th 29th July and 4th and 5th of August.  Prices are only £ 25.00 per weekend! 

To reserve your place please get in touch with Brenda or Herve at



Recognition Festival

An exciting programme of events is planned to happen in and around Deptford tomorrow, aimed at engaging 13-19 year olds in a range of creative activities as part of Recognition Festival.

Creekside Artists Marleon Hefer and Caroline Underwood will be at the Deptford Lounge on Saturday 10th March, running a drop-in drawing session for 13-19 year olds based on Lewisham Council’s Cultural Olympiad theme: ‘Out of my window’.

Come along and draw! 

Free entry, no booking necessary, materials provided.

Explore our studios & browse the Faircharm Fair! 18-19 June 2011


12-6pm Saturday 18th June

12-6pm Sunday 19th June


Faircharm Trading Estate, Creekside, Deptford, London SE8 3DX

Creekside Artists will be opening their doors to the public on 18th and 19th June as part of an annual Spring/Summer Open Studio event, giving visitors the chance to see artists and designers at work and explore their working studios at Faircharm Trading Estate in Southeast London.

Deptford-based artists and designer-makers will also be showcasing their work at the Faircharm Fair.  The events aim to provide local artists and designers with a platform to exhibit and sell their work in Deptford, an area firmly establishing itself as one of the City’s most exciting artistic hubs.  Visitors will have the opportunity to browse and buy furnishings, fine art, fashion and jewellery direct from local artists and artisans. 

Creekside is a creative community comprising several artist cooperatives as well as craft businesses and galleries, many of whom will also be contributing to the busy programme of art and craft exhibitions happening this month in and around the area. 

Faircharm Trading Estate’s new on-site caterers will be providing a special Summer BBQ on Saturday alongside their regular menu.  Since their recent debut this Spring, Creekside Cafe has already secured a steady stream of regulars who enjoy breakfast, lunch and coffee meetings six days a week.  The cafe serves Fairtrade tea, delicious homemade soups, salads, sandwiches, cakes and good coffee.

Looking for a studio space?

A studio space at Creekside Artists is coming available soon!  If you’re interested, please download the waiting list form at and email to arrange a viewing.

Whole space 250 sq ft = £250 per month (inc. bills)
Half space 125 sq ft = £125 per month (inc. bills)

Deptford Christmas Fair

Creekside Artists have been commissioned by Lewisham Council to provide a gift wrapping service at this year’s Deptford Christmas Fair!  Come to our market stall in Douglas Way, 11am-3pm on Saturday 11th December, to get your Christmas shopping wrapped in traditional brown paper and festive ribbons…


Last weekend over 30 local artists and designers showed and sold their art and craft wares at the first ever ‘Faircharm Fair’.  Items on display ranged from handmade clothing, jewellery, toys, decorations and homewares to original paintings, limited edition prints and pop-up cards.  Visitors commented on the friendly community vibe and took full advantage of the opportunity to buy direct from the artists, snapping up pieces of craft and art at bargain prices.

Mason’s Catering kept exhibitors and visitors warm and happy in their cafe with fantastic homemade soups, rolls, cakes, coffees and mulled wine.  Faircharm-based business now can’t wait for the more permanent cafe Mason’s will be opening soon on-site!

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(Photographs by Andrew Montague-Cook)

If you were there, we’d love to know what you thought so feel free to leave us a comment!