Glug Brum #5 ‘Craft & Graft’ Pt.2 – Round-up

A massive thank you from us all here at Inkygoodness and WE ARE GOODNESS for supporting Glug Birmingham.

We’ve just about recovered from our knock-out Glug Birmingham ‘Craft & Graft’ event at Mama Roux in Digbeth – and what a night we had!

We thoroughly enjoyed listening to our speakers who each delivered insightful, thought provoking and inspiring talks around the theme of ‘Craft & Graft’, sharing stories around design process, making the move into freelancing, working with clients and how to ‘stay true to what you make – not what you think you should be making.

Kicking off the evening were creative duo Isabel + Helen, taking the audience through their journey to date, latest projects (including their brilliant ‘Pig or Wig’ project.

After a short break, Sheffield born, London based creative Emily Forgot took the stage for an exploration into creative nature and nurture.

Sharing her inspirations and influences and her many creative ‘hats’, the designer discussed ‘internet rabbit holes’ and how her side-projects Muse&Maker and Nursery Names inspire her creative practice.

Many of our guests also grabbed the opportunity for a £5 portrait by illustrator Katie Tomlinson in her Portrait Booth, try out mini workshops and demos by Print Wagon and Winterbourne Press, and snap up limited edition pins and prints by Rai Dhunna and Max Low.

Photographer Jonathan Cherry was onsite throughout the night to capture the energy of the evening on film, and Craig Bush who is now editing our footage as we prepare to release our speaker videos over the next few weeks!

Rob Lowe aka Supermundane rounded off the evening reflecting what drives him as a creative, his history, influences and way of thinking – and not forgetting the brilliant ‘kerning’ song which we’ve only just about got out of our heads..

We’d like to thank all our speakers Isabel + HelenEmily Forgot and Supermundane for joining us in Birmingham for the evening, and our creative sellers for bringing their colorful wares to sell on the night: Katie Tomlinson, Raj Dhunna, Max Low, Winterbourne Press and Print Wagon.

We would also like to take the opportunity to thank our new event partner, Cue Media for their generous support in providing high end AV equipment and professional services, and the brilliant team at Mama Roux and Spotlight for all their hard work on the night.

Glug Birmingham is organised by Lisa Hassell and Adam Clarke, directors of Birmingham based illustration agency WE ARE GOODNESS, and sister company Inkygoodness, in partnership with Glug London.

Glug is currently popping up in London, Brighton, Leeds, New York + many other cities worldwide. Visit to find a Glug near you!

Photographs copyright Jonathan Cherry for Glug Events, Glug Birmingham ‘Craft & Graft’ – 30.06.16 at Mama Roux and Spotlight, Digbeth, Birmingham.


Posted on Jul 6th, 16 by | Twitter: @lisahassell

Founder & director of Inkygoodness, Lisa is a published writer and arts journalist, focusing on creative business, graphic art and illustration and design education. Her words regularly appear in Computer Arts, Creative Bloq, Digital Arts and IdN.

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