A shout out to all you creative artisans. A consideration for us in 2018 is to apply to have a fantastic space in a mill converted into small and very affordable workspaces for creatives and artisans to work and create in. It would be a creative, artisan community of very friendly people, small start ups, small scale producers and crafters. Typically it may appeal to those artisans who are part of The Clog Market
Your thoughts please.
We want to know your thoughts about this and if you think it’s a great idea or not for Lancashire’s creative artisans. Is a shared workspace appealing to you? What do you make? Would you be interested? What do you consider to be a realistic and yet affordable price? What size space do you think you would need? Should we have variable size spaces and prices?
Interesting…By Jonathan Foyle. Jan 2017
During the first five years of my career, I didn’t know how to price . . . I had to think how to sell my works. I had to live the lowest life.” The experience of Kintaro Yazawa, an extraordinarily talented furniture maker from Miyazaki in Japan, will ring familiar with many artisans.
The value of craft has proved a pervasive issue. Reasonably, makers tend to concentrate on manipulating materials rather than spreadsheets. But they have to earn an income, or even muster the financial skill to build a company. So, what is the turning point between learning the techniques to make things, and making a living from them? The issue is crucial, since a lifetime of masterful creation depends on financial sustainability.
For many, craft is a small concern — a village hall hobby. Of the 11,620 UK craft businesses recognised in a 2013 study, more than half were sole traders. We hear much about the rise of the “gig economy” of self-starters but a grassroots movement of craft-based entrepreneurs has been building for some years. For high-end customers, fine craft is undoubtedly an embrace of quality.