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.
When you are adding a number of items to your shop window, you may be asking yourself. How many should I add? Well, there is more than one answer, so here goes. One. It is a great place to start. much better than none. After all each item you add is going to have a big impact on your page. Once you have added one, you will get it. Understanding how the system works, may encourage you to keep on going. Two. It is important to note that each item can reflect the diversity of your products or that you are a specialist. Both are ... read more >
We all know the single use plastic is a big problem and you may be wondering if there is anything you can do to help change the world! Well, it is all about our daily habits. The way in which, we chose to consume our products. It turns out that we unknowingly consume something like 100,000 Microparticles of plastic per year. That does not sound like a good or healthy choice to be making. This is because tiny particles of plastics come off of the food and drink containers also from micro plastics building up in the environment. Ben ... read more >
I remember huffing and puffing when my parents used to insist on things being done in a particular order, or make passing comment when I had my first home about how I - should have prepared the wall properly... - before I decorated. Why couldnt I just get on with it (whatever it may have been) my own way! Needless to say, as often is proved by parents, they were right! If we prepare things properly in the first place, however long that may take, the end result is always much better and the same is true with arts and crafts. My ... read more >
Hello everyone!... I have just joined UK Craft Fairs and I am excited to be here! I wanted to write and introduce myself and give a little background about myself... so...many moons ago when I was at school I always loved Art and Design and also Biology!... to say that my teachers thought this was an unusual combo was an understatememt...especially when I chose to study them both at A-level alongside Chemistry.... I then completed an Art foundation BTEC course but then went on to study Anatomy at Bristol with the view to pursuing ... read more >
I organised a series of 4 workshops to take place at my nearest Hobby Craft store some time ago. The first took place two weeks ago and the second one this morning. In spite of much advertising, to date only had one person has booked. Those of you who run workshops or classes will know the effort that goes into providing your students with good quality tools and teaching and, as my nearest store is over 10 miles away would (hopefully) understand if I decided to reschedule these sessions. However, I am very glad I didn’t. The young ... read more >
Just had a great day on Sunday at the Lowther Pavilion craft show. it was a really busy day with lots of people coming in to see the stalls, and there were plenty for them to see, with a wide variety of goods. There was a lot of interest in our products and quite a few purchases too. The fair is very well organised by Andrew and it was nice that he was present, coming round to see us all and make sure all was well. The café provides great food which kept our energies up and together with the beautiful venue, it made for a perfect ... read more >
It has taken me a while - goodness knows why - but I am now learning the art of packing and unpacking the necessary items for my workshops and classes. Being prone to taking everything bar the kitchen sink this Monday I managed to stick to my check list of absolute necessities. Seems like a no-brainer, but on one occasion, even though I did nearly include the kitchen sink, I forgot a couple of useful items. Luckily they were not essential but even so. A lesson learnt so... Tip 1: Make a check list not only of what your students ... read more >
Hello! Sometimes someone exceptional comes along, with a completely new outlook and a novel idea! Jebril owns a vast collection of Ancient beads and makes beautiful jewellery to wear NOW! I will let him explain: I discovered the fascinating world of jewellery making and beads many years ago, first as a hobby which quickly turned into a passion. Collecting archeological beads dating hundreds and even thousands of years and bringing their beauty back to life by using them again as they were originally intended by our long gone ... read more >
We are pleased to announce that our first title The Adventures of Vince the Cat - Vince Goes to Paris was exhibited at this very important event. The conference took place on Friday 25 January through Tuesday 29 January 2019, at the Washington State Convention Centre, in Seattle, Washington, United States. Copies of the title were displayed at the event and online on the Combined Book Exhibit Website as well as the associated catalogue. We see the United States as an important market for our titles as the stories introduce children ... read more >
Catnap Stories is a series of childrens books to inspire the next generation of children to love cats, meet new friends, travel the world and learn new languages. In October 2018, I decided to take the plunge and realise one of my dreams to create a series of childrens books centred around some of my most favourite things cats, travel and foreign languages. And, after having spent 6 months volunteering at Plan International UK in 2017, I wanted to ensure that I was able to donate some of the proceeds of the book sales to this very ... read more >
There is nothing in the world like writing a childrens book, then getting out into the community to see their reaction to it. Last week I had the pleasure of visiting a local pre school playgroup. The children were ages 3 and 4. I had pitched my book for ages 3 to 8 years old so it was a good experiment to read the book to see the response between different age groups, and to see who would be the most receptive. All the children were listening attentively, apart from a couple of children aged 3 who started fidgeting as bit towards ... read more >
Believe it or not it has taken me over 3 years to join UK Craft Fairs. Not out of laziness just the opposite I get so busy making the selling part and networking part just gets neglected. It would be great to get out more! I get so engrossed in my creativity I forget there is a world out there. I love my own company the only one that really gets me out is my dog Napoleon, his needs for exercise pushes me to get out into nature. I always feel completely refreshed and inspired after a good long walk in the woods and grateful for this. ... read more >