Artist Support Pledge

I don’t know about you, but I’m finding the period we’re in at the moment more of a challenge than when we were in full lockdown; normality is returning, but not necessarily the good aspects (traffic levels springs to mind), and other things are still a very long way off (cultural hubs re-opening etc)…I think I accepted and adjusted to lockdown in the knowledge that it was a temporary situation, and in a few months we would return to our old lives and move on. Of course it’s not proving to be that straightforward, and the ‘new normal’ is a pale imitation of our old lives – another way of living which we have to accept and adjust to all over again. Thousands of people have no jobs to return to and thousands more are facing the same prospect in the coming months; tourism and culture (both a hugely vital part of the Uk economy) will struggle to recover from the effects of COVID-19 for years to come.  I actually feel more anxious and pessimistic than I did 4 months ago. So, to try and gee myself up a bit I’ve decided to take part in the Artist Support Pledge.

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Artist Support Pledge is “a culture and economy in support of artists and makers established and led by artist Matthew Burrows on 16th March 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. It is now a global movement of connected communities committed to an equitable and sustainable economy for artist and makers of all countries, media and ethnicities”. The concept is a simple one – when an artist/maker sells £1000 worth of their work, they pledge to spend £200 on other artists’ work. It is mostly focused around Instagram but I’ll also be posting about it on my Facebook page.

As we approach the tail-end of summer (!!!!) I would normally be starting to plan ahead for the autumn and winter’s markets and fairs, but these are very much up in the air at the moment, which is a huge concern. So I’m hoping the Artist Support Pledge will generate some sales and of course enable me to spend money on lovely things (I’ve already compiled a want list)!

Thanks for reading x

Festive Fairs 2019

Well, it’s nearing the end of October (in my last post I was bemoaning the fact it was nearing the end of July!) so I should quickly draw your attention to all the festive fairs I have coming up over the next 6 weeks or so.

First up we have Tea Green Events’ contemporary craft market at Bowhouse in St Monans – I’ll be there on Sunday 10th November:

 

 

The following weekend I’ll be back with Tea Green at Glasgow’s Kibble Palace for a full weekend of fun!

 

 

On Saturday November 23rd you can find me in Perth for Perthshire Creates Design Market at Civic Hall

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I’ll be staying in Perthshire for the Dunning Craft Fair at Dunning Village Hall on Sunday November 24th:

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On Saturday November 30th I’ll be back in Glasgow for Etsy Made Local at the Briggait

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The following day, December 1st, I’ll be at the Engine Works with Super Market Christmas 

 

 

And for my final fair of the season I will be back with Tea Green at Kibble Palace on December 7th & 8th.

Also, I’m very happy to have had a framed diorama accepted for the annual Edinburgh MacMillan Art Show raising funds for MacMillan Cancer Care,  which you can catch from 7th – 10th November at The Apex Waterloo

 

 

As always, you can check the shop page for dates and details.

I’ll be back soon with some pictures of what I’ve been making recently but until then I look forward to seeing you at a market soon!

Thanks for reading 🙂

An Indie Christmas

Like a lot of people I find myself constantly struggling to comprehend where the time goes, no more so than 5 weeks before Christmas. No really, what happened to Autumn?? How come all the festive craft fairs I booked back at the start of the summer are now imminent??? Yes, this happens every year and it still always takes us by surprise…

So – time to get organised. Fortunately, shopping for Christmas presents is a complete scoosh these days due to the plethora of independent businesses producing gorgeous, original products. It’s never been easier to buy beautifully-made, unique gifts, whether it’s from a local artisan fair or shop, through marketplaces such as Etsy and Folksy, or direct from a maker’s website. Over the next three weekends I’ll be selling my work at the following fairs in Perthshire and Glasgow (full details are on the ‘Shop’ page):

They all promise to be fantastic events with a very high standard of work being exhibited; there really will be something for everyone, and it is a lovely way to shop in your local neighbourhood.

Which is more than can be said for Black Friday, which is almost upon us; a lot of small businesses will be feeling under pressure to reduce their prices to try and compete with big brands and businesses. To combat this, the wonderful Just A Card campaign has come up with INDIE FRIDAY!

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Across social media Just A Card will be promoting the work of independent makers and shops from all over the UK – look out for the #JACIndieFriday #IndieFriday hashtags on Twitter and Instagram and join in the fun!
And remember – when you’re out Christmas shopping this year, don’t pass by an independent. Take a look – you never know what you might find!