Craft in the City

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I haven’t done a craft show for some time as work generally has been too busy. It is quite a big commitment to do one especially in terms of producing stock and getting organised. 

On a whim I applied for the Craft in the City event which is held in Waterstones in Nottingham each year. This is a prestigious event with high quality makers, and with only about 20 places available, I knew it would be competitive for places. 

I was therefore really pleased when I heard my application had been successful, although it did suddenly hit home that I had a lot of work to do in order to be organised in time! 

In order to reduce the workload I planned to use some old stock that I had but I also wanted to produce some new stock  using e-textiles components. 

I knew the typical customer would be looking for potential Christmas presents and that the focus would mainly be on ‘craft’ products. I therefore had a range of items such as covered books, wall art pictures & decorative hearts. In the past these have always been best sellers, particularly the books and the hearts. 

I also wanted to use e-textiles to introduce something a little more high tech to my stall. I knew products would still need to be craft focus in order to appeal to the target market and, as it was Christmas, light up decorations seemed the most obvious answer. These are fun products but it seemed like a good way to introduce e-textiles on an unsuspecting world! 

A particular favourite was a Rudolph decoration with a flashing nose. This was adapted from a design I originally produced for Kitronik and which can be found here. The design was changed and developed in order to make it easier to batch produce. 

Another favourite were light up Christmas trees which were developed from a project I originally designed as a school project. Customers were really intrigued by how the products lit up when there was no obvious battery and everyone was interested to hear more about e-textiles components. 

The 2 day event was particularly busy on the Saturday, indeed most of the Rudolph decorations had sold out by the end of the first day. The bookshop venue created a lovely atmosphere and the room itself really complimented the range of work on display with its beamed roof decked with fairy lights and lovely views across the city. The quality of all of the stall holders was extremely high and there was some incredibly creative and inspiring work being sold. 

It was a great 2 days, although it was very tiring, especially after a busy week. My plan now is to develop my e-textiles range to sell as these products were very popular. I also want to develop some kits to sell so people can make their own e-textiles products as everyone was impressed at how easy the components are to use. 

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