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.
believeyoucan What does that mean? The first step to making any change is to believe you can do it. Believe you are a person who exercises regularly, who has a healthy body, who has a healthy mind, who looks after themselves, who gets into that summer dress and feels great! If you believe you are a health conscious active person, that will put you in the best place to then take on your CanDidYes challenge and do the daily action that is needed to hit your goal. The goal is not overly important. The belief and then the processes ... read more >
Just thought Id introduce myself. I have just joined UkCrafts and this is my first post. I have been sewing all my life, when I was in my early teens I would make a dress in the afternoon and wear it out to the youth club that night. So it was a surprise to my mother that I failed Needlework class at school, you see I didnt see the point in basting or tacking anything. It used to take a whole term to make an apron!! For heavens sake lets just get on with it . When my girls were born I started to make their clothes and then started ... read more >
So many people have told me to stop swearing in July.....apparently the word CHRISTMAS is frowned upon as we finally settle into summer! Who knew! As many other business owners will know and understand preparing for Christmas is something that comes super early on in the year, especially if you are testing and creating new products like I am. I have samples on their way to me so i can put together the vision i have for my Christmas gift boxes, these include some adorable Angel Wing votive holders, 3 candle gift box and large wax ... read more >
Have you removed single use plastics from production and sales? If you have and you would like to let potential customer and organisers know, then you can login and edit the items in your shop. We wanted to enable a the positive on single use plastic free rather than focusing on the products with plastics. Each item can be individually marked. We have added two new tick boxes. One to show that you do not use single use plastics in sales. For example, not giving out plastic bags, not wrapping your products in plastics to keep them ... 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 >