Queen's Park Day / 16th September 2018

Queen's Park Day

I feel very lucky to be living in Queen’s Park, it has a real sense of community in the metropolis of London Town, tucked away in a leafy neighbourhood. I have been living here for a year and have discovered an incredibly creative community and one that I am gradually becoming a part of. Earlier on in the year I got to be part of Queen’s Park Open Gardens and Studios, a fantastic event where I met fellow makers and people from the local community. This past weekend, I got to be part of Queen’s Park Day.

I have been to Queen’s Park Day for the past 3 years, as my family also live locally. It is a bustling day where the whole community comes out to play. There are stallholders from makers, food vendors and local businesses, activities for children and adults. It’s a great day.

This year I had a stall and it was a fantastic way to meet so many like minded people within the community. I bought my 1932 letterpress along for children to print their own bookmarks but it also hit a note of nostalgia with an older generation. You forget how, when living in a digital age, so many children don’t know that that’s how books were printed. So it started to take on a different value and education.

I realised that my approach of making everything by hand, taking traditional crafts and adding a contemporary twist, has another value than just making pretty products, its keeping these traditions alive and sharing them with other generations.

I came away having met lovely people and proud of the community I live in and the products and services I provide.

I hope to be part of this wonderful day again next year.

sian thomas