I met some fabulous makers at the Reetsweet Makers Market, Lou and Roddy from Pinegrove Leather kept me sane most of the day, if you haven't seen their work before make sure you check out their website .. their things are beyond beautiful. Good luck with your GNCCF application guys. I also met Lois from Punto Belle, such an inspiring lady ... I really loved her approach to scavenging and collecting bits and pieces to make her bags.
Meeting new makers, sharing knowledge, and having the opportunity to speak face to face with customers is so valuable, and for me the most enjoyable part of attending these events. Looking back at the images of my stall I think there are changes I need to make, and I think I will be approaching my work slightly differently from now on.
Over the next few month I am quite busy, as a result I am being more cautious and realistic about how much I can take on. For a start we are selling our house, a lot of my time is spent keeping it tidy for the waves of interested viewers. I am organising The Handmade & Vintage SUMMER Market which will take place on Sat 22 June at The Storey in Lancaster and I have a few exhibitions locally later in the year: 'Mum's that Make' in May, a show of Multiples in June and a winter exhibition in December/ January. I also secured a stockist when I attended the Reetsweet Makers Market so I have a few bits and pieces to get together for them - all this on top of being a full time Mummy.
My aim is to make some beautiful new things for each of the exhibitions above and concentrate on a cohesive collection of new work for next year. I feel like this is realistic and achievable. I am quite literally going back to the drawing board which if I am honest is where I feel most comfortable.