The UK is without doubt one of the most creative and diverse places on Earth.
The talent of makers and artists needs a vent, a channel that allows both new and experienced people the chance to market and sell their work. They also need to network with their peers to exchange ideas and experiences. The craft fair can be that channel. It challenges people, it inspires and motivates people to do better and more.
Supporting your local craft fairs as a visitor and purchaser, helps to grow the community and encourage further creative, social and community wealth.
I am a young artist specialising in graphic design and prints. My main product range is my three print packs that are designed to have perfect synergy between the nine prints in each pack in order to create a gallery style wall for your home. I sell the monochrome pack of black and white prints, the nude pack that is curated of neutral ... read more >
Painting makes me happy. I find it engrossing, exciting and compelling - and sometimes even frustrating! Painting to me, is not always about a finished work. I like to take the viewer on a journey of their own, for them to see something new every time they look at the painting. I have a BA (Hons) Degree in Textile Design. Over time ... read more >
We are a mother and daughter who have a passion for sewing and creating new and unique gifts which everyone can enjoy. We have a wide range of skills and can make lots of items from bags, purses, soft toys, baby items and gifts, home furnishings such as quilts, pillows, oven mitts, lunch bags and sandwich wraps, bowl and plate koozies ... read more >
Handmade unique personalised cards and gifts for every occasions. Beautiful cards not only for women but for men and children. Often the focus is on feminine but I like to make cards that suit everyone. I have just started a range of humorous simple cards aimed for men as well as extra special for the man in your life. Cards from toddlers ... read more >
hi my lovelies I did say I would try and blog once a week, and here we are. It has been an eventful week for me as hubby was taken into hospital again! although that seems like a normal thing at the moment. Anyway two things happen when he is in hospital, I craft longer and eat less. Both of which are always a plus. This week I discovered the joys of 3d mandalas cut on my trusty scan and cut. Oh my word they look stunning and I am addicted. I also have Mandela letters and have been having a lot of fun with them too. I will be ... read more >
I love Patchworking and after this i am sure you will too ... Patchwork is a great way to use up your scrap pieces of fabric nothing has to match that is the beauty of it. This elephant is a great beginner patchwork project when you have completed this you will have the basic skills to complete and start to move on to more challenging product such as quilting. What is the difference between patchwork and quilting? Patchwork is where a range of fabric are sewed together just like this elephant Quilting is where fabric is sandwiched ... read more >
My name is Debbie and I have been drawing and painting all my life. My life changed enormously last year when my mum and then my husband died within two weeks of each other. Then I ended up in hospital having a major operation which took months of recovery. All that made me realise that I should work on doing what I love most and so I set up my Facebook page, DJArtBoutique, and began drawing and painting from photographs sent to me. Most are of pets or children but I am happy with any subject matter. I also started to make my own ... read more >
Hi all, Well while I am an old hand and crafting and card making this is at the first time Ive gone public. It is a little scary and I know there is lots of competition out there especially for card making which is why I try to be as unique as possible. my memory albums and pop up boxes are really popular and I would love to share them with you all. I am hoping to begin attending craft fairs selling my cards and gifts and joining in the crafting community, so your help and guidance will be greatly appreciated. So I began crafting ... read more >
Coping with any change can be difficult and perhaps rather challenging. Disruption on the levels we have seen in the last few months have impacted everyone. We have to believe that in time the problems will diminish and we will be able to choose between going back to the way we once lived or to perhaps look for something better. Whilst writing this post the sky is a pure clean deep blue. The air feels fresher and the plants, birds and wildlife seem more abundant than just weeks before. It has given us a glimmer of hope and a window ... read more >
This was so difficult! It all started when people were enquiring about some “nice” prints of my artwork. One friend was requesting a reproduction on canvas (I was not prepared to sell the original). Of course, what they were asking for were giclee prints (until recently, I had never heard that term, giclee). As I am new and inexperienced to this, a great deal of research was undertaken. Google and YouTube are brilliant for this! So, what is a giclee print? “Giclée is a neologism coined in 1991 by printmaker Jack Duganne for fine ... read more >
With the world revolving around technology, an emerging artist (yes, I am trying to be) must embrace the range of forums that are available to expose your art to the unwitting public. In this blog I will cover how my website was created and the thinking that went around it. First job, is why are you thinking about creating a website? In my project management world, we would call these your objectives. “What is it you are trying to do? Why are you trying to do it? What would good look like? The objective for the Artworkbyjan.com website ... read more >
Dear Crafters and Makers, I feel sure many of you are already giving your time and services to helping the NHS at this time. There have been many requests for donations of hand made hearts created as a matching pair and help to make scrub sets, scrub caps and headbands. Feedback from a niece who is a nurse on the front line and hospital staff has been very positive but they still need more. If you have wool to spare or scraps of fabric and you would like to join in your help would be much appreciated. Details of hospitals that ... read more >
Inspiration can take many forms and pops up unexpectedly. It could come in an observation, a scene, a feeling, a smell that reminds you of something, a sound, perhaps a piece of music. It is a very personal thing. For me, it’s that crisp winter walk in the forest, observing the silver trunks of the birch trees against the dark browns and oranges of the dead foliage. Autumn leaves in a rain puddle, all different shapes and colours. A walk on the seashore, observing the energy of the crashing waves against the rocks, with spumes of ... read more >
Some of us are very fortunate to have a dedicated area at home that we call our own where we create our artwork. But it’s easier said than done. Many of us have families and very limited space to store our art stuff, never mind having enough space to create. Having to unpack and repack your art equipment after each painting session can kill “the moment” and stifle inspiration. But we artists are very creative in our approach to solving these problems and can come up with ingenious ideas to maximise any available space. I have seen ... read more >
Mum, as far back as I remember was always drawing and painting. We lived in the city centre of the old Manchester during the late 1950s until the early 1970s. Manchester in those days was a bomb site. At the end of the war there was very little money to reinvest and rebuild, so many of the sites were left. At that time, we lived in a terrace house, with a back yard, outside toilet and no hot running water. This was the norm for many people at that time. Mum was very talented, and she painted in watercolour, depicting the social ... read more >
As a nation, we are creative, productive and ingenious. We need to call on our skills and knowledge to be constructive in the weeks or months ahead. So that when we come out of the crisis, we are strong and ready to help rebuild. Let us use our anxiety to fuel our creativity, the fear to motivate us and the alarm to speed us along. Be nice, polite, resourceful, calm, composed and courageous. If you start something new, have good intensions, make it achievable, profitable, sustainable and debt free. You may wish to work alone ... read more >