Monday, 3 June 2013

In the Inky Fox Shop - and In the Shop-Scotland Shop Window!

Crumbs - how can it be almost a month since I updated you all?  

In my last post I teased you that I was sending off a package of Hand Press Prints to a new supplier. Now I can reveal all:  Inky Fox Shop opened this month in the heart of the Potteries in Coalport.  They have a fantastic space in an old mill building; surrounded by other artists and studios in the guise of United ArtSpace

Inky Fox Shop are proud to support handmade British products and are kicking off the summer season with an Etsy Craft Party too! They'll be opening an online presence soon - so you can buy from them in person, or if you see something you fancy - you can get it online. If you're in the area - do pop in. 
selection of Hand Press Print items, and a picture of the huge box wrapped for the post office
Inky Fox Shop - opened this month - stocked with loads of Hand Press Print!
My dog photo-bombing the stock layout!
Whilst preparing all the new stock for Inky Fox I finally managed (after many, many drafts) to finish my Flock print. I always knew I wanted something to go with the Shoal  print - and now I'm busy framing up the pair in matching frames. Soon the unframed print will be on Etsy and Folky too. 

Framed Flock print

This month coming I will also be featured In The Shop Window at Shop-Scotland. To steal their own words: Shop Scotland has a simple concept. We aim to bring you some of the best, most creative and inspiring businesses from across Scotland. From jewellerycushions and cabinets, to paintingsfudgeglass artsoaps and much much more we showcase a wealth of Scottish talent and small businesses. 

Shop-Scotland not only achieve their aim, but they work really hard to promote those makers. I've been lucky enough to meet quite a few makers at fairs - and the level of support and community has been fantastic. Definitely to be recommended - if you're thinking about joining - GO AHEAD! 

And now, as summer begins to creep in and I prepare for more summer fairs - please keep an eye on my Facebook page for all events (and if you like Hand Press Print then don't forget to LIKE us on Facebook too) - I've bought some new sunglasses... which might mean I never see the sun again. Have I jinxed it?

Happy start of the Summer everyone!

Sunday, 12 May 2013

Virtual & Real

Not only am I busy printing up a storm - getting a large amount of stock ready for a *new supplier* ... can't say too much yet, but very excited to be supplying them, I only wish they weren't so far away as I would love to visit their new gallery in the 'real world. Full details will follow!

But, I was also featured as one of the makers 'month in the life' on the blog of talented Surface Pattern designer Sam Osborne. 

screen shot of Month in the Life blogpost about Hand Press Print

The virtual world has been kind this month:

There have been so many positive comments through Twitter  I want to say a huge 'thank you'. Sometimes being a self employed designer-maker can be incredibly doubt-inducing. It's easy to question your own work, the value of your designs, and (on bad days) if you have the talent to continue. But the last few weeks have really spurred me on - the positive comments and feedback really do matter to all makers. If you like someone's work - let them know. 

The likes on Facebook do matter - the following on Twitter - the views on Flickr or Pinterest and even the browsing of inspiration shots on Instagram can all make those of us pottering around our studio spaces, covered in ink, or surrounded by paper - feel like we're connected to the people we make for. 

And we get to connect to each-other, to be inspired, to form real-world relationships, to develop ways of working, and to share the good (and occasionally the bad) times with people who understand the ups, downs, and sideways shifts that are a constant of self-employed life. 

Now I really have to get back to the printing... as sharing in this virtual world is a good thing, unless it's being used a 'useful' distraction from the hard work in the real-world. ;-)