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.
Some of us are very fortunate to have a dedicated area at home that we call our own where we create our artwork. But itís 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 ďthe momentĒ 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 >
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Life is busy, busy, busy!! I donít know about you guys, but I find it difficult to draw every day. Itís easier when I am working at home, with free evenings. Once dinner is done and cleared away, I usually do something arty for about two to three hours. Whether it be creating art, updating the website, preparing for a craft show, researching and creating new ideas. Just love this time. Doodle books! But I work away for short periods of time, which means travelling. So, came across a few cool ideas. Doodle books. Pictured here is ... read more >
Didnít really appreciate how hard this was going to be. I kept thinking about getting my arty stuff out of the bowels of the loft for months and kept putting it off! The real inspiration came when we had a holiday near Dartmouth in Devon. We hired a cottage and on the wall was a large, original, mixed media painting of a boat on a shoreline. Local piece. Just was inspired by the colours, textures and free flow style of the artist. In the evenings, we frequented a local pub where the landlady, a local artist, exhibited her work. ... read more >
During my research, I came across quite a few examples of ďten rules for artistsĒ, which I found quite useful. So, I have taken a combination of them and provided my interpretation which I hope will inspire you. Remember, these are my personal thoughts and I am NOT an expert. Embrace what makes you unique Everyone is different and so is our art. When you think about where your art comes from your heart, soul and spiritual being, itís no wonder that your art is different. So, embrace that uniqueness. Donít try to emulate and copy ... read more >
Why create a blog post? Iíve come back to my art after a 30+ year break. You know the score, career as a project/programme management trainer/consultant, family life, full on social life with an all-embracing hobby such as breeding, judging and showing Rough Collies. But one day, I decided that change was required as I am getting older, just lost close family and friends, including my Mum who had dementia. These experiences made me stopped to evaluate what was important in my life. I needed space. So, now semi-retired working ten ... read more >
Bespoke Jewellery Design Hampshire Hi, Iím Clare, and I am Across the Courtyard Jewellery Design, from beginning to end. Creating bespoke, handmade jewellery including unique designs, special commissions and thoughtful remodelling, using stunning stones, sumptuous precious metals and a love of good design, that is also infinitely wearable, all combine to create Across the Courtyard Jewellery Design, my dream. Iím passionate about every part of the journey and process of creating beautiful, personal jewellery. From the initial design, ... read more >
From being young I have always found love and comfort in the world of art and crafts, so at school anything using hands, cooking, knitting, sewing, crochet, etc., etc., I always excelled in. I spent about 40 years baking and cake decorating, and took this to teaching the skills of sugarcraft, which I still enjoy today - so I offer various cake toppers, and should anyone wish to order something in particular - that is fine. Since pulling myself away from Wedding Cakes, not long ago, I have turned my hand (and much of my existing ... read more >
I have come up with a wonderful new concept so simple and very effective, helping to calm anxiety and enhance Mental Health Recovery. I own the International Intellectual Property rights to a The Fabric Attachment System for Flowers ( fabric flowers made from recycled wool and other recycled fabric.) Each petal is individually treated and cut to create the flower design and placed in the D I Y Flower Bag with a booklet and a flower eye, transparent cord for gathering petals and attaching eye. A final touch of Magic, The Fabric ... read more >
MAGNETS Health and Safety Warnings do come with Magnets .... Research has shown that magnets increase the production of amino acids and positively affect the entire body. In other words, magnets accelerate the metabolism and help the body function properly. They help oxygen and nutrients arrive at the location of injury as soon as possible so as to repair the damage. Water accounts for 66 percent of our body. Magnets weaken the surface tension of water. In this way all substances transported by water can be transferred more easily ... read more >