News and events for designer-makers

There’s a lot going on this year for craft businesses and designer-makers, so we thought we’d bring you a round-up of all the latest events and news in 2012.

Make it Pay from the Design Trust

This event on the 7th of July in London will be all about selling! Yes, it’s not everyone’s favourite topic, but it is the vital starting point for everyone’s business. It’s an event specifically aimed at designer-makers and crafters, and you can find out more on their website here.

Webinars from the Design Trust

The Design Trust are also running some FREE webinars in May, on ‘Working with art galleries and agents’, and ‘Cash flow management’. Definitely worth checking out.

School for Creative Start-ups

This is a new yearlong programme from a social enterprise, designed to teach creative people how to build successful start ups and live from their craft. It’s not cheap at £600, but it’s run by some impressive people (including Doug Richard, ex of Dragon’s Den) and could give you a kick-start into the business world. They have a website here which explains it all.

Crafting Excellence exhibition at Fortnum & Mason

If you’re planning on a trip to London any time soon, make your way to Fortnum & Mason to get some brilliant crafty inspiration. Their ‘Crafting Excellence’ exhibition is on until the end of July, and features lots of amazing work by craftsmen and women who are supported by the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust.

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