Exclusive behind-the-scenes interviews with makers, designers and artists – from what inspires them to how they create their work.

  • How to use your stories to sell more stuff.

    Storytelling. We’ve all heard about the power of telling stories in your business. But it can all be a bit of a mystery how the paloozas to use them to actually help you sell stuff. And where the heck are these stories anyway? Are they all hiding under a rock somewhere dancing to Harry Styles […]

  • Why your plans aren’t working

    For a lonnnng time I thought something was wrong with me.  I thought I could never really be successful, as all the productivity tips I read just didn’t apply to me. I could never stick to a plan, or any kind of planning system. And for a long time, I got by. But I knew I’d […]

  • The big secret to being productive

    I have a confession to make.  I’m not a big planner. In my corporate job, I definitely wasn’t known as the super organised one.  It’s not like I couldn’t see the value in plans.  I definitely could.  It’s just not somewhere my brain liked to go.  You see the thing is, I’m always so excited […]

  • Guest spot: Is Etsy really worth it for high-end makers?

    If you’re a maker you’re told to go and sell on Etsy. But what if you’re not sure whether it’s right for you? What if you have a more high-end product? Is Etsy still the right place to set up shop? In this very first guest spot, Rebekah Ann from Rebekah Ann Jewellery tells us […]

  • Spotlight on: Alice Fry

    Ever heard of niobium? Me neither! In this week’s Spotlight, we meet Alice Fry who uses this unusual material in her jewellery.  Her work’s inspired by the natural minerals and crystals and she tells us why Sheffield and Derbyshire hold a special place in her heart… Where do you live and what do you love […]

  • Spotlight: Rowan Bridgwood

    Did you ever think that embroidery could be used to embody political views?  Well, that’s one of the topics that embroidery artist Rowan Bridgwood explores in her work.  In this week’s Spotlight blog post, she explains how embroidery becomes a language for her, to voice what her words can’t. She also uses it as a […]

  • Marketing plans made easy

    For many years I was extremely resistant to planning of any sort. Sound familiar? As a creative person who likes to go with the flow – I found it went against the grain and it didn’t make any logical sense to me, as things can change so much. That was until I realised that achieving […]

  • Spotlight: Jo Irvine Jewellery

    In this week’s Spotlight interview, we’re featuring Jo from Jo Irvine Jewellery.  Like so many other makers, Jo actually started off in a different creative industry and fell into jewellery by chance! She’s had her jewellery described as, “Quiet statement jewellery”, and is inspired by a mix of urban landscapes and countryside sunsets. Read more […]

  • Spotlight: Sally Cuthbert of Littlehouse Jewellery

    In this week’s spotlight, we talk to Sally Cuthbert from Littlehouse Jewellery. She talks about table jewellery and her love of shapes and Edinburgh… Where do you live and what do you love about it? I live in Edinburgh, right in the centre. I was born here, went to school and art college here and […]

  • Spotlight: Vinca Brown of Loomiere Weaves

    Today the spotlight goes to Vinca Brown of Loomiere Weaves… her work is so gorgeous, I can’t believe she’s only been weaving for four years! I just love it’s vibrancy. She talks about splitting her time between the East End and Kent and weaving her way through lockdown. Where do you live and what do […]