There are more outlets to help get work in front of people and hopefully secure sales; I'm thinking of Foksy and MISI (make it sell it). New Craft Forums (or is it Fora? ) such as Crafteroo which is a vibrant place for crafters to openly discuss issues relating to their crafts, sales, and designs. It actively encourages and supports crafters and designers in getting their 'makes' and blogs in front of a wider audience.
It occurred to me yesterday that in the rush before Christmas I never explained the UKHandmade badge in the sidebar.
There is a little more too it than just a very nicely produced magazine which includes articles about 'blogging', recipes and tutorials - so stuff to make. It spotlights UK designers and crafts folk. (.... and it's free!) Loads of gorgeous pictures!
Wrapped around all this though is a Forum, with all the things that you'd expect of a Forum. There are discussions about; working out the pricing of handmade goods, where Craft Fairs are being held, questions regarding suppplies.
Becoming a member allows you to create a 'Profile' page where you can say a little (or a lot about youself) You can join Groups, make 'friends', load up photo's or/and videos of your makes. A group where you can post and obviously find 'Free Tutorials and patterns' started just this week. It's worth a look.Both Crafteroo and UKHandmade have Flickr groups which are powerful ways of reaching out to new audiences for your work.
On the 'About' page it states the aims of UKHandmade as;
UK Handmade is a design led online magazine committed to showcasing and promoting the best creative talent the UK has to offer. Artists and designers from across all of the art disciplines have a place here including photography, feltmaking, jewellery, fashion and art.
The term 'handmade' is now an indicator of quality, care and professionalism that is second to none and something we at UK Handmade wish to encourage and celebrate.
So, however miserable the Big Wide world is at the moment the 'Craft and design' world seems to reinventing itself, tapping into new reserves of energy and enthusiasm and shouting loud. Really quite happy and well. Here's hoping it flourishes even more this year.... So, if you're plagued by worry about selling your 'handmade' items ..... remember .... 'marketing' is important. Getting your name out there is important. And, also remember that 'Marketing' is subtly different to advertising.... but more on that another time. Have a good weekend.