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…

How to support craft in the UK: new report published

Mixture Matters

‘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…

Sarah urges Folksy sellers to learn from their numbers (plus last day for MyCake discount)

If you go down to the Ecclesall woods today … you would never have guessed that it was invaded last weekend by a hoard of Folksy sellers, staff and speakers. Not only was the Folksy summer school weekend event on 10th and 11th August sold out but all the talks were packed out and the Read the full article…

MyCake’s 3 Top Tips on where to start with your Pricing Strategy

Have a read of Sarah’s recent post on Pricing from the Folksy blog   Sarah Thelwall founder of Mycake.org the online toolkit offering creative entrepreneurs a helping hand with their finances, shares a few top tips before her Folksy Summer School pricing session on Sunday 11 August 2013. Let’s cut straight to it. Your pricing strategy should not be based Read the full article…

Into the woods with Folksy Summer School

We’re joining Folksy this year on 11th August at their first ever Summer School for designers and makers, it’s in the woods around Sheffield which sounds magical. Over two days event attendees will hear from 20 speakers on topics such as branding, marketing, selling, social media, and MyCake’s Sarah Thewall will be presenting on Pricing Read the full article…

Craft is not ‘other’

This concerns the recent news that the DCMS released a paper in April seeking to remove Craft from the list of recognised UK creative industries. In her piece for the Guardian, Julia Bennett at Crafts Council argues why this is shortsighted and denies the industry and its many aspects the recognition it deserves. Official statement Read the full article…

MyCake Inpires – Commissions

In this MyCake Inspires video, Sarah talks about the commissioning vs selling both from the commissioner and the designer’s perspective. So a good one to watch if you are asked to do private commissions – and want to look at a beautiful concrete kitchen! Take a look at David Bucknall’s work. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CGd7DKj5mFE[/youtube]

Craftspace & Shelanu join the exciting world of crowdfunding

Kinneret, Ruth and Kiki at Anti Curate, mac arts centre birmingham. Birmingham based craft development organisation Craftspace do some amazing things below is some information about one of their latest ventures. Craftspace and Shelanu join the exciting world of crowdfunding Crowdfunding is a new way for people to pool small amounts of money to back Read the full article…

Cockpit Arts Announces New Growth Loan Fund in Partnership with Ingenious

A new Growth Loan Fund is to be launched this month by Cockpit Arts in partnership with Ingenious, an investment and advisory group renowned for their work in Media & Entertainment. Cockpit Arts is an award winning Social Enterprise and the fund aims to support the growth of independent craft businesses based at its London Read the full article…

Notes on State of the Arts event #sota12

Sarah and Lauren from MyCake had a trip up to Manchester this week to attend the Arts Council England (ACE) State of the Arts conference or #sota12 as it is lovingly known on twitter. If you missed the proceedings there is lots of information to sift through on the blog that was updated live from Read the full article…