Binki Taylor

Producer & curator of BDT

Binki is the lady behind the magic of BDT, a local business owner and life coach who wants to share her passion for strong communities to empower Brixton. Part of the original founding team, she has never been far away from the action.

She started her journey in Brixton Village Market as one of the first wave of creative business owners, putting her at the heart of the community. She was the force behind the ‘We Love Brixton’ campaign back in 2011 responding to the heavy atmosphere that cloaked the streets after the riots. With this newly exposed creative talent becoming part of LDF was a vibrant next step full of opportunity & potential.

Now in it’s 3rd year Binki continues to lead the small but dedicated team of creative’s, committee members & volunteers. You’ll find her either in the Brixton Pound of which she is co-chair or in more meetings that we can count. Her hope for the future of BDT is that it continues to get recognised for it’s creativity and positive impact.

Sarah Henderson - Rocketship

Sarah Henderson

Rocketship – Creative Director

Sarah, one half of Rocketship a creative agency based right here in Brixton, holds the pencil behind the BDT brand itself. Joining the committee last year channeling her long and varied creative career experience in to helping Brixton stand out alongside our fellow Design Districts & as part of LDF as a whole.

With a distinguished career and a mentor to those just starting out she is a vital part of the on the ground team. A familiar face to touch base on everything Brixton related and is greeted warmly by lots of the ‘shop around the corner’ businesses we all cherish. Herself and her husband have lived here for over 21 years keeping her on hand to help us tell the story of Brixton Design as it continues to grow.

Sarah has been deeply inspired by this year’s theme ‘Love is Power’ and upholders her own mission to bring good design to the streets making it available for everyone. Returning as a headliner building on the success of Windows of Brixton from 2016, Revolution of Kindness will be Sarah’s vibrant geometric addition to this September.

Ingrid Wright

Project Assistant

A local Tulse Hill girl who is the bright spark behind Binki our curator when it comes to all things organisational whilst also a trained designer with a fashionable flair.

With strong views for the community and lots of dreams for the future find her enjoying all the best local haunts of Brixton.

Phil Dolman

Founder of dolman bowles – Creative

After 30 years of experience delivering innovative, effective design Phil Dolman of dolman-bowles is one of the most experienced and commercially successful of our committee. Being a leader in creative interiors and spatial design meant his attendance at design shows was a given, which gave him an interest in starting one right here at home in Brixton.

A domino of serendipitous calls to action built the original team who created the first BDT installations including the ‘Pavement Rug’, with collaborators Eley Kishimoto, outside the underground. Phil believes in the organic informal design that thrives here on Brixton’s streets. He helps to combat the challenges of hosting a 3-D public event, creating the multi sensory strengths of our unique offering. Ever the practical man he carries a host of much-loved tools and solutions to help BDT continue to grow.

Stressing the hidden finds on the trail and the importance of enjoying the moment, Phil welcomes everyone to delve in to the creative overload on offer. With more EK Flash Crossings planned for this year and lots of collaborations in key Brixton locations be ready to be impressed.

Anna Le touze

Social Media Manager

Anna is a long standing local from Josephine Avenue who rediscovered Brixton after having a child and is now retraining to run exciting social media campaigns like BDT’s.

A vital lady behind the computer with a real stake in how the community grows and it’s future.

Carolyne Hill

Art Director

A brand specialist, a graphic designer and all round creative who continues to shape thoughtful design projects across the city. Carving her place as a talented advocate for woman of colour inside the London design world whilst working for many recognised high street names. She left the corporate world in January 2016 to set up her own brand ChillCreate.

Since then she has worked with diverse enterprises including: a pop-up cinema, a Caribbean concept restaurant, a contemporary African tea producer and more. Last year she put her creative flair in to creating the BDT map that appeared in the Brixton Bugle.

She call’s herself the ‘original Londoner’, with a proud British and Jamaican heritage. With lots of ties to the Brixton community, we can’t wait to see what she thinks’ up for this years festival.

Gaby Taylor

Content Coordinator

Gaby is a Brixton convert, after working with creative independent brands for years; she is currently helping explore Brixton’s creative potential and sharing it with the design community.

She blogs for Design Curator and will have her camera permanently attached to her hand during this years trail.

Luke Forsythe

Official Photographer

Luke is a London based director and photographer with a connection to everyday enjoyment, recording ‘normal’ life that is never average especially in Brixton.

He is capturing our vibrant artists, installations and general thrum of activity.

Binki Taylor

Director of BDT

Binki is the lady behind the magic of BDT, a local business owner and life coach who wants to share her passion for strong communities to empower Brixton. Part of the original founding team, she has never been far away from the action.

She started her journey in Brixton Village Market as one of the first wave of creative business owners, putting her at the heart of the community. She was the force behind the ‘We Love Brixton’ campaign back in 2011 responding to the heavy atmosphere that cloaked the streets after the riots. With this newly exposed creative talent becoming part of LDF was a vibrant next step full of opportunity & potential.

Now in it’s 3rd year Binki continues to lead the small but dedicated team of creative’s, committee members & volunteers. You’ll find her either in the Brixton Pound of which she is co-chair or in more meetings that we can count. Her hope for the future of BDT is that it continues to get recognised for it’s creativity and positive impact.

Emy Gray

Emy Gray

Brixi Founder & Creative Stylist

Emy comes from an unconventional arts background, which gives her the confidence not to conform, creating her own space and role at Brixi. A shop/gallery/museum/venue for all to explore, that couldn’t exist anywhere else but Brixton.

Inside Brixton Village Market, Emy is very much part of the creative bubble. She wanted to be part of everything that Brixton is: the smell, the mood, the bustle and constant buzz filling it streets. Often finding and collecting items left behind by those passing through for their piece of Brixton magic. Her shop is filled with a treasure trove of curated oddities old and new.

Emy’s love of beautifully made objects and her shop description; ‘like a museum where you can touch stuff…’ makes it a great addition to BDT. A great supporter of local makers, graduates and emerging artists as part of her core beliefs we love what Emy brings to the table.

This year she will be working with Sinead from Crafty Fox Market on a theatrical retail offering in the basement of Brixton newcomer Squires & Partners. Design Circus is going to be a weekend long event you won’t want to miss.

Julia Nichols

Head of PR Squire & Partners

Julia is one of BDT’s organisational saving graces. As the Head of PR for Squire & Partners she contains a wealth of knowledge we couldn’t do without. Starting at Squire & Partners back in 1998 when it was under 30 people and a growing architectural business based in South Kensington and later, Kings Cross. She was handpicking creative collaborators to engage with, creating bespoke results for clients & themselves.

She is from South London, so 2 years ago when she found out the plan for Squire & Partners to move to Brixton she was keen to engage with the creative community here. Joining BDT during 2015 before it was a design district and helping it continue on a shoestring budget, getting the Brixton BID on board for the bold 2016 showcase.

Squire & Partners now plays a huge part in giving BDT a voice as well a stunning hub for BDT17 in their new office, The Department store. By breathing new life and vigor in BDT to highlight the raw talent of the area we are glad to have Julia on our team.

Squire & Partners will have their own headline event, UNDER/EXPOSED, and will be throwing the launch party, so keep an eye out for more updates.

Jon Daniel

Jon Daniel

Creative Director, designer & artist

Phil Dolman

Founder of dolman bowles – Creative

After 30 years of experience delivering innovative, effective design Phil Dolman of dolman-bowles is one of the most experienced and commercially successful of our committee. Being a leader in creative interiors and spatial design meant his attendance at design shows was a given, which gave him an interest in starting one right here at home in Brixton.

A domino of serendipitous calls to action built the original team who created the first BDT installations including the ‘Pavement Rug’, with collaborators Eley Kishimoto, outside the underground. Phil believes in the organic informal design that thrives here on Brixton’s streets. He helps to combat the challenges of hosting a 3-D public event, creating the multi sensory strengths of our unique offering. Ever the practical man he carries a host of much-loved tools and solutions to help BDT continue to grow.

Stressing the hidden finds on the trail and the importance of enjoying the moment, Phil welcomes everyone to delve in to the creative overload on offer. With more EK Flash Crossings planned for this year and lots of collaborations in key Brixton locations be ready to be impressed.

Sarah Henderson - Rocketship

Sarah Henderson

Rocketship – Creative Director

Sarah, one half of Rocketship a creative agency based right here in Brixton, holds the pencil behind the BDT brand itself. Joining the team last year channeling her long and varied creative career experience in to helping Brixton stand out alongside our fellow Design Districts & as part of LDF as a whole.

With a distinguished career and a mentor to those just starting out she is a vital part of the on the ground team. A familiar face to touch base on everything Brixton related and is greeted warmly by lots of the ‘shop around the corner’ businesses we all cherish. Herself and her husband have lived here for over 21 years keeping her on hand to help us tell the story of Brixton Design as it continues to grow.

Sarah has been deeply inspired by this year’s theme ‘Love is Power’ and upholders her own mission to bring good design to the streets making it available for everyone. Returning as a headliner building on the success of Windows of Brixton from 2016, Revolution of Kindness will be Sarah’s vibrant typographic addition to the high street this September & beyond?

Mark Eley

Mark Eley

Eley Kishimoto – Designer

A trained weaver with textiles at his heart, Mark is one half of Eley Kishimoto a London-based print studio who have gained notoriety through their diverse outputs ranging from fashion to architectural collaborations. Renowned for their freedom to decorate anything and everything, Mark is the perfect mind to have on the BDT committee that truly makes an impact on the streets of Brixton.
You will have seen his work in previous years wallpapering Pop Brixton; spraying patterns outside the tube, executing the now famous Brixton flash crossings in partnership with Phil Dolman (another of our talented committee). It has been a whirl in true Brixton fashion, with lots of collaborations working with local business to engage people on a lasting basis, rejecting passing trends and fads.

Retaining Mark’s strong rooting in craft and combining with BDT’s hand’s on nature we can’t wait for you to experience his offering this year. More to come on that later.

Quote pick:
We are the wild child of LDF, with a provocative spirit that is for the people.

Mark Eley quote

Natasha Montgomery

Creative Manager

As one of the founding members in 2014 Natasha has voiced the simple mission for BDT from the beginning, to showcase the best of independent designers in Brixton.
Her passion for working with creative organisations and her love for the area acted as a wonderful glue to bring collaborations together.

She has been a local long enough to see Brixton Village and Market Row change and welcome new life. The vibe has drawn Natasha to Brixton since she was young; visiting Brixton Academy and the Effra Tavern to name just a couple. She offers a current on the ground perspective of what everyone is working on, a wonderful source to share. As the intersection of creativity, community and collaboration she believes Brixton has heaps of potential to add this LDF.

Carolyne Hill

Art Director

A brand specialist, a graphic designer and all round creative who continues to shape thoughtful design projects across the city. Carving her place as a talented advocate for woman of colour inside the London design world whilst working for many recognized high street names. She left the corporate world in January 2016 to set up her own brand ChillCreate

Since then she has worked with diverse enterprises including: a pop-up cinema, a Caribbean concept restaurant, a contemporary African tea producer and more.

Last year she put her creative flair in to creating the BDT map that appeared in the Brixton Bugle and worked alongside Rocketship on other bits of BDT flair.

She call’s herself the ‘original Londoner’, with a proud British and Jamaican heritage. With lots of ties to the Brixton community, we can’t wait to see what she thinks’ up for this years festival.

Sinead Koehler

Sinead Koehler

Crafty Fox Market Founder

Sinead is the wonderful creative mind behind the renowned Crafty Fox Market’s that started right here in Brixton. Back in 2010 Sinead was a jewellery maker working in event management, wanting to find something that had the makers at its heart. Deciding that the only way was to create it herself; she roped in her husband and their illustrator friend Jimbobart to create the amazing market buzz that is Crafty Fox.

She join’s the committee this year after the successful inclusion of Crafty Fox in last years Brixton DT. Bringing her own brand of dedication to design craft to this year’s trail, championing talent & sharing her love for local businesses.

During #brixtondesign Sinead will be hosting ‘Design Circus’ in collaboration with another of our committee member Emy from Brixi. This impressive duo is going to bring together a market ahead of the curve, promising a theatrical experience as well as some limited edition products.

Her hope for the future of Brixton is that everyone feels welcome; a wonderful addition to this year’s love is power theme.

Charlie Waterhouse

Charlie Waterhouse

Graphic Designer

Charlie fell in to his life as a Graphic Designer; knowing he wasn’t a 9-5 guy he created his own role, wanting to be a positive force for good inside a world seaming to just selling things. Making a statement on the BDT committee he is the force behind the sense of independents that Brixton has.

The Creative Director at This Ain’t Rock ‘n’ Roll shares his outside the box ambition with BDT. Inspired by the current movement of protest design, which shares tools with causes that have a genuine impact, an ethos close to his work. One of his biggest projects in Brixton to date was the creation of the Brixton Pound local currency.

Charlie invites visitors to wander, to soak up the area, this year BDT will host a celebration of tolerance, understanding and the power that love truly holds. He is looking forward to being cheered up by something that at the moment London and world beyond sorely needs.

Photo: Charlie is standing under the 1981 Nuclear Dawn Mural.