Recently I had the pleasure of having a one to one tutorial with ceramic artist Tone von Krogh. Born and raised in Norway, Tone spent some time trying several types of media before turning her hand to ceramics. She then took a university course in Oslo where she was discouraged from learning the potters wheel[.....]
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For anyone making their own Christmas cards, this course could be for you.
Design and cut your own lino-stamp and use it to produce a design on fabric or card. Learn how to transfer your chosen image onto lino as well as basic cutting techniques and the names and uses of tools and[.....]
Mary Portas, aka Mary Queen of Shops, has spoken to the UK handmade industry via an open letter on her website.
On August 12th craft blogs UK Handmade and Handmade and Fabulous! posted an open letter to Mary Portas, asking for her help to raise the industry’s profile and bring handmade goods to[.....]
Last night I went along to a Q and A sessions with Sarah Curran, the founder and CEO of My-Wardrobe and their PR Director, Lauren Stevenson. The event was held at Soup Kitchen in Manchester’s Norther Quarter and was organised and hosted by Manchester Fashion Network.
My-Wardrobe.com went live in 2006 and now receives over[.....]
As I work in web design I’m often asked about setting up websites, selling online and creating blogs. I’m currently in the process of writing a number posts on web related issues. The first is on writing for the web.
I love buying handmade from designer-makers. I’m not as interested in bagging a bargain as I am looking for quirky and quality crafts but this is how I assess the value of the item before I buy (bear with me).
First, I calculate how many pairs of store-bought knickers (panties) I can get[.....]
On a rainy Saturday afternoon jewellery makers, designers and small business owners gathered in Fred Aldous’ basement studio, to listen to Lady Luck Rules OK owner Leona Baker share the secrets of her success.
From 2003 to 2010 Lady Luck Rules OK led the way in pop art jewellery, winning admiration from[.....]
Can you follow a sewing pattern? I can imagine some of my crafty friends tut tutting and rolling their eyes round about now. But really. They’re not the easiest things in the world to master, with their sewing terminology and complex diagrams. If, like me, you never received the sewing[.....]