Yes or no to exhibiting at a fair?

With the art fair season coming up soon in London, and new fairs and opportunities coming up all the time for designers, artists, applied artists and all small businesses, how do you decide whether to exhibit at a fair or trade show, and which one to do? Reasons to exhibit at a fair: To make Read the full article…

Life and creativity: how civil war made her a womenswear designer

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MyCake spoke to Rosy of the Rosamaria Concept Store in Lebanon and heard how she started as a buyer, became a designer of womenswear out of necessity through the Lebanese Civil War and in so doing kept both IF boutique going and provided work to the Lebanese refugees from the mountains. With particular thanks to Read the full article…

What do creatives really need to thrive?

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In this video we again talk to David Bain of From Drawn in Bristol about what creatives really need next in Bristol to be able to thrive. This is the fifth and final video in our series investigating the creative industry landscape in Bristol. These are all very relevant to creatives in the South West. Read the full article…

How to support craft in the UK: new report published

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‘Mixture Matters’ report reveals challenges and opportunities in the business models of contemporary craft development organisations. Catalyst Craft Consortium publish ‘Mixture Matters’ report by MyCake founder Sarah Thelwall. A consortium of five nationally acclaimed organisations have commissioned a report to investigate the challenges and opportunities in the business models of contemporary craft development organisations. The Read the full article…

How to build a professional network: From Drawn to Made in Bristol

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Today we launch a new set of videos investigating the creative industry landscape in Bristol. These are all very relevant to creatives in the South West, but can also offer useful insights to any non-london based individuals and organisations are the insights and lessons are transferable to similar creative ecosystems across the country. In this Read the full article…

Insights from a pop-up store promoting Scottish designers

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An introduction to Scotland RE:DESIGNED’s pop-up store ‘Limited Edition’ with store manager Bryony Strange. The store was located at Ocean Terminal, a waterfront shopping centre in Leith designed by Sir Terrance Conran. It was curated by Scotland Re:Designed and featured 21 Scottish brands in  4000 sq feet space, offering womenswear, menswear, accessories, interiors, kidswear and shoes. What can you Read the full article…

SCOTLAND RE:DESIGNED: Production decisions and market opportunities

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Sarah Thelwall unpicks the choices that designers participating in Limited Edition have made. Sarah Thelwall has been in Scotland to catch up with the SCOTLAND RE:DESIGNED team and to look at how their work is presenting opportunities for young designers to reach a larger market via the pop-up store in Ocean Terminal in Leith.

Blast Theory – Part 2 – Interview with Matt Adams

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In the second part of our interview with Matt Adams, of internationally acclaimed artists’ group Blast Theory, we chatted to Matt about ratios of grant funding to earned income within the organisation. “We spend much more time and energy now on how we survive than we did 3 years ago or even six years ago“ Read the full article…

Blast Theory – Part 1 – Interview with Matt Adams

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We visited Matt Adams of Blast Theory at their HQ in Portslade, UK to catch up on where the arts organisation is currently at with their business model and to ask what have been some of the interesting challenges on the way to success. Here is Matt telling us a bit about their experiments with Read the full article…

Testing out the market: Fashion

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One of the key challenges new fashion businesses face is that of reaching their customers. Since the recession retailers have become more risk averse when it comes to trying out new brands and for a label which wants to position itself above the high street then a stall in a market just won’t cut it. Read the full article…