What a busy year 2016 has been! Taking part and experiencing events in all sorts of amazing venues and locations, including the lovely Lytham Hall, Brantwood, and Manchester Cathedral, plus having an opportunity to meet and chat with so many interesting people.
Many of these events were great and my work received brilliant feedback with some of it heading off to new homes. But my journey through 2016 involved both ‘ups and downs’ and its often difficult to stay strong and not let disappointing sales or other factors dent your self-confidence and belief in your work.
Alongside doing some of my favourite events again, I took part in a number of new events, these are very much ‘try it and see’…
“Normally, I try to choose events that have quite a strict selection process favouring designer-makers and limiting the number of similar stalls, but each year I try out a few different types of events to see how they’ll work for me.”
One of my major niggles – which is a problem at many events – is an overload of both jewellery and glass, as there’s only going to be a certain number of visitors that are interested in buying these items at an event.
This was actually one of the factors that prompted me to organise both the Easter and November ‘handmade in Lancashire’ pop-up events at Barton Grange Garden Centre. I really enjoyed having these opportunities to do events together with my neighbouring studios, plus a few makers from the Art and Craft Guild of Lancashire and guest artists/makers. They were great learning experiences for me, sadly, there won’t be any more of our events at this venue, due to a big hike in the room hire costs.
There seem to be so many different ‘art and craft’ events now, perhaps event overload, too many for the number of local people interested in buying from them.
Will see what 2017 brings… I’m hoping that the events I take part in will go well and there’ll be some more of my jewelart pop-up shops.
Thanks for joining me on my creative journey,
Sam Rowena x