I took a bit of a risk last Christmas and opened a Pop Up shop for the 2 weeks before Christmas. I didn’t really know what to expect but I was hopeful that the general public would embrace my work. It is one thing to be supported by friends but to have strangers buy my work really is a test.
I am happy to say it was an overwhelming success and reinforces my belief that people appreciate the opportunity to buy unique products that aren’t mass produced and are found everywhere. If you are like me, individuality is important. I don’t like to walk into someone else’s home and see the same things that belong in my home. I wrote a blog ‘Why buy handcrafted goods‘ back in 2016. There is a real shift in the way we think about handmade products, we don’t straight away think crocheted coat hangers but recognise the value of quality items made by real crafts people.
As the creator, maker, marketer, and seller of all my work, at times it can become a little overwhelming but also exhilarating. I am energised when I create and I’m grateful to be able to do what I love every single day.