Seeing something take shape before your very own eyes means that a piece of art, or sewing, or jewellery has real skills and a very real person behind it.
So when I was invited to Meet the Maker being run by Made in Nottingham, I was on it like a seagull with a chip!
Over October 1st seven different designer makers popped in and out of the Made in Nottingham shop, sharing their processes and smiles with the good folks browsing the Broadmarsh shopping centre.
So how was it?
I enjoyed chatting with people who asked simply "What are you doing?" or those who had more detailed questions. I had a sign welcoming people to either chat, or just stop and watch. Wearing a piece of my own jewellery and discussing the many uses of a stick pin led to a direct sale, which may not have happened without the conversation (and has made me start rethinking my signage) and I am now in contact with a stylist interested in my pieces. Also, I got to meet and chat with some other local makers, and put faces to names.
Also, drop back soon for a blog about what I learnt from Meet the Maker, and why showing and telling is important for designer makers, with some ideas for how you can share!