Just before Christmas last year when being allowed to hang out outside was still a thing, I got a call from my old pal Jackie at Containerville London asking if I'd be free to come and take some pictures of their outdoor Christmas market at their Emma Street site in East London. As anyone that knows me well will attest, I freaking love Christmas. I also love Containerville having worked in an office there for the best part of 2 years, so it really didn't take much convincing for me to go down and take some pictures for all the lovely folks there. The Emma street site also wasn't finished when I used to work there, so it was exciting to see what they'd done with the space, and I was pretty blown away with the results. Here are some photos from the day:
I got there early doors to see all the stands getting set up and watch the market take shape. It was a freezing 10AM on a Saturday morning, so the level of dedication on show really was impressive.
Francine from Bronze Layerz setting up her stall. I intended to stay strong throughout the day and not buy anything as money was tight, but I just could not resist some of her chilli oil... and it's amazing!
Everyone really knew what they were doing display wise, so getting nice photos of them all was a doddle. Above is Katie Whitford's illustration's stall and below the aforementioned chilli oil from Francine at Bronze Layerz. With everything all set up, all the market needed was some customers....
Michaela at May Contain Glitter (pictured above) definitely knew what she was doing with the tones on her stall, and Imie and the crew at Easy Social Cocktails (below) knew exactly how to make everyone want a drink with their display!
When it got to about 2PM the eager customers started rolling in, including a couple of familiar faces scouting out wine from Rupert and Louise at Unchartered Wines below. If I know those two at all, I think he might just have made a sale!
Some customers looking understandably entranced by the miniature work of Daisy Blower (above). There's some more detailed photos of these earlier in the article but it's safe to say they really blew my mind and were probably my highlight of the day. Such great work!
As night started falling and the temperature started dropping it unsurprisingly started being the stalls that involved booze taking centre stage. Piotr at Firewater Workshop (below) knew this well and I got this shot right after he finished setting up his pre made cocktail stall at sundown. Obviously I would never dream of drinking on the job, but I have it on very good authority that they were absolutely delicious.
As it got later and later the Easy Cocktail crew really became the stars of the show. I have no idea how many times they announced they'd run out of mulled wine and then somehow produced more from somewhere... but it was a lot. Aside from watching them doing a roaring trade I was also quite transfixed by their display tekkers. The warm orange bulbs set around the reflective bottles looked amazing on camera and really brought a warm Christmassy glow to proceedings.
Night soon fell and it felt like temperatures were dropping below freezing, it was time to go home. As working days go, this was up there with the best for me. Spending all day in a Christmas market with lovely people, mulled wine flowing (which again I obviously didn't touch) and a Christmas playlist literally on repeat really was a dream. Big thanks to Jackie and everyone at Containerville for having me and if you like the look of any of the stalls check the bottom of this page for links to all their instagrams so you can go and check them out.
Containerville - Office spaces in London, Bronze Layerz (Jamaican desserts), Mim and Me Masks (handmade masks), May Contain Glitter, Firewater Workshop (premade cocktails), Good One Soda (seltzers) Katie, illustrator, Banshee Plum (ceramics), Uncharted Wines, Daisy, miniaturist, McKinley & Paget (candles), Easy Social Cocktails, Brik Chocolate