Bond fever is currently spreading through the UK as excitement builds around new movie Skyfall and the opening of the Barbican's new exhibition which celebrates 50 years of the great British spy. But because The Make Escape is the coolest night out in London, we got in their early and hosted the first ever James Bond Craft night. (It's fair to say Google does not suggest there have been any others!) And what a night it was...
We had Bond Girls.....
Crafty ones in the form of Karen & Jo from Use It Up Wear It Out who ran a stylish Surreal Sunglasses workshop where participants were given their own pair of sunnies to customise.
Here are some they made earlier.
Check out their Tumblr for pictures of the shades make on the night.
More Bond girls in the form of Amy and Chloe from The Merry Bobbins who ran a session in making the ultimate Bond accessory...
Find out more about their fab workshop in this great blog post by Rebecca from Forget Me Not Crafts who is already wearing her bow tie with pride.
We also had diamond, bejewelled cookies made by the wonderful Amy Angelbabe.
An action-packed soundtrack thanks to Djs Isabel (The Fireworks) and Alice (Cosines).
And Bondtastic visuals to rival any Bond movie opening sequence.
There was no casino, but there were prizes! Tickets to see Skyfall at the Hackney Picturehouse when it's released in October which was awarded to these lovely ladies who designed the most extravagant cocktails in our college corner, run by fashion illustrator Danielle Meder from Final Fashion who drew the beautiful glass templates.
All the materials to make projects were provided - like these gorgeous boxes of bling!
In our Maker's Market we had three wonderfully talented craftswomen selling their crafts. First up, jewellery designer Emma Slater.
Quilter Elizabeth Oniri
And felt loveliness from Susanne Wallis.
Oh...AND we had an appearance by the man his self - 007, disguised under the mask of what people could be fooled into thinking was Al from the Hackney Attic.
Thank you to everyone who came to our James Bond Craft Night
Our next event takes place on Tuesday 31st July (from 7.30pm) As ever it's free, you just turn up, grab a drink and make stuff - the perfect night out!
As it's summer (kind of!) we're hosting a Teddy Bear's picnic - so bring your teds and soft toys. We'll be running some alfresco themed crafts projects and will be joined by The Craftivists who will talk about their latest crafty campaign and author Susanne Wallis who will be running a needled felted teddy workshop.
More about the night to follow on this very blog, in the meantime, get it in your diaries!