Tilly and the Buttons


Fashion has become very fast, trends turning over in a matter of months and wages disappearing in hours in the pursuit to stay en vogue…ain’t nobody got time for that, so what to do?

Make it your self, and Tilly and the Buttons are here to help.


London College of Fashion Trained Tilly Walnes (pictured at top) started her fashion blog almost a decade ago so she could share her passion for making clothes with the world, over time the blog evolved into a business so Tilly and her team could teach others how to make their own clothes too.


Online courses with step-by-step lessons, jargon free easy to use garment sewing patterns and an award winning book are a few of the things on offer from Tilly and the Buttons, if you’ve ever wanted to create your own wardrobe (literally) then go check her out.


The Time:  Depends on when you purchase a course

The Place:  In the comfort and safety of your own home, and West Dulwich

Price:  Vary 

Contact:   tillyandthebuttons.com




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October is Black History Month in Britain (February for the States and Canada), so a friend of mine asked whether I wanted to go on 1 of the Black History Walks with him, ashamed and embarrassed that I knew nothing about such tours I just stood there and nodded like a prick, desperate for him to bugger off for 2 mins so I could do a quick Google search which would allow me to find relevant words to use in intelligent conversation.

4 hours of pathetic nodding later I managed to get on online and found blackhistorywalks.co.uk , who offer walks through Notting Hill, the City of London, Elephant & Castle and various other sites around London that have been touched by the presence of Africans and Caribbean’s in the city for centuries.

Each walk lasts roughly 2 hours, walks at each location happening at different times of the month, the website has all the details you’ll need for an informative and enlightening day out:



£9 for Adults, £3 for Children

All tours must be booked in advance, please state the number in your party at the point of booking.

Our history is what shaped us, but the future of our civilization can only be achieved through unity

  • Info used taken from blackhistorywalks.co.uk
  • Images used taken from farm3.staticflickr.com and blackhistorywalks.co.uk

Creators Boot Camp, Chalk Farm North West London

Organised by the London Creative Enterprise Collective as part of Testing Ground for art and education, the Creators’ Boot Camp offers a day of talks, mentoring and networking to give emerging artists and aspiring creators the tools they need to kick start their careers.


Including presentations by:
Artquest; Camden Town Unlimited and Meanwhile; Etsy; Hatch Events; Not Just a Label; Rampton & Kemp; School for Creative Startups; SEE – Student Enterprise and Employability and Speaking Out; Thames Festival; University of the Arts London Emerging Artists Programme.


12 – 12.45pm


Camden Town Unlimited and Meanwhile Space share their expertise on running a pop-up shop as a way to showcase your work, develop your business ideas or test trade your products. Meanwhile Space are experts in finding ‘meanwhile’ uses for empty spaces; they run a property matching service and connect empty spaces with creative people. Camden Town Unlimited have used empty retail space as a platform for creativity on Camden High Street; they currently run a semi-permanent pop-up incubator hub for start-ups.

12.55 – 1.40pm


NOT JUST A LABEL shares their experience and expertise in starting a business in the fashion industry. From creativity to business management, NJAL will provide advice and tips on what young designers should and shouldn’t do when starting their own entrepreneurial endeavours. With experience in helping over 7,000 designers get a foot in the door, NJAL will use anecdotal evidence to to teach young creatives to learn from the mistakes and successes of those before them.

1.50 – 2.35pm


Learn to maximise limited resources and fundraise efficiently and effectively for your arts business. Hatch Events lead this workshop to help you gain a clearer understanding of how to manage the fundraising process, identify the right grants and how to increase your chances for success.

2.45 – 3.30pm


What does it take to put on your own exhibition? The Emerging Artists Programme at the University of the Arts London presents advice on everything from sourcing spaces and logisitcs, to building a mailing list and promoting the show. Learn the ins and outs and tricks of the trades.

3.40 – 4.25pm


Many artists view exhibitions as a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, but in truth exhibitions are a means to an end rather than an end in themselves. Come and hear about what you need to do to get the most out of exhibitions to create further opportunities for your career. This talk will be given by Artquest. London’s information and advice service for visual artists.

4.35 – 5.20pm


Creative communication skills are essential for finding a great job, starting up a business or setting up as a freelancer. SEE – Student Enterprise and Employability and Speaking Out present this workshop to help attendees develop skills in areas such as presenting their work to potential clients, pitching for business, interviewing, and networking for potential opportunities.



Throughout the day experts from Etsy, School for Creative Startups and Artsmart will be running 15 minute mentoring sessions. Mentoring sessions are available on a first come first served basis and advance booking is highly recommended. For a full schedule and to book a time slot please click here.


Have a nosy on the site for more info www.zabludowiczcollection.com

When: 19th Jan 2012 from 12pm


Price: FREE!


Where: 176 Prince of Wales Road
London NW5 3PT


  • Info and image used from zabludowiczcollection.com

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