It's the start of a very busy New Year.
As you may know I have been chosen to take part in the Crafts Council Hothouse programme which started on 7th January at RIBA, London. We spent the day getting to know one another and learning more about the programme. The following day I travelled to Nottingham for the opening of the Alumni Exhibition 'Since 1843: In The Making'. To celebrate 170 years of Art & Design 100 alumni of the school of art & design have been invited to exhibit there work throughout the university buildings. My work is in the Newton Building alongside Anna Colette Hunt, Louise Hall & many others.
Hothouse training for the East Midlands Cohort resumed over the following two days at The Hive, Nottingham's business incubation centre. We covered topics such as time management, designing our future & business modelling. I knew my time on the hothouse programme would be well spent but I didnt realise how valuable and informative the sessions would be. I feel like I have learnt so much already and the programme is already influencing my practice in so many ways.
After the session on the 10th January I travelled back to London to begin my preparations for CRAFT. This new trade show running alongside Top Drawer & HOME is a long overdue addition to the trade event calendar. I applied for a joint stand alongside other Design Factory makers, with 15 of us in total it was set to be a great show. The first day saw lots of trade visitors including galleries, shops, interior designers, press and chefs and the following days continued in the same manner. It really was a fantastic show and following my return I spent a few days getting in touch with the contacts I had met. I have received some orders already and have a lot of interesting plans in the pipeline. Just a few months to prepare for my next trade show now BCTF, Harrogate. I'm planning my new stand design already... watch this space!
Friday 17th marked my first day in the studio of 2014, I spent the day working on orders received from CRAFT and some of my previously stocked galleries. Today I returned to continue with these orders but ideas for a commission piece soon came spilling out and I was in full flow. I spent most of the day working on this commission and have come up with some exciting new (large!) products.
I'll be returning to the studio on Monday to work on my orders and continue to jot down my ideas for all things new.
2014 is set to be a very good year!