In November I headed off to do the Country Living Show in Harrogate. I officially launched the first Blob Bird cushions at the show and was fortunate that Natalie Paul Silcock who had been working on them with me was able to come and help me on my stand. It was great to have Natalie there as she was able to talk to customers about the making process and the materials we had used. I can talk for hours about clay and the designs but the whole needle and thread thing has me a bit baffled!
There were some really great makers and products at the show. Country Living is a huge show with lots of exhibitors so it was a real struggle to get round and see it all as a stand holder but between us we had a good go!
I love Amy’s work. I think her All the Little Things brand is quite beautiful with subtle colour and pattern running throughout her work. I have my eye on that cornflower blue cushion in the middle of the photograph!
I mentioned Sarah in my last blog. Not that I’m obsessed or anything but I could happy buy every single one of these.
Caroline Brogden makes coastal inpired jewellery and driftwood art. I came away with one of her driftwood trees. I’m sure it will pop up in the blog over the year as I couldn’t bear to put it away after Christmas! I also got my mum’s best friend one of Caroline’s necklaces as a thank you for all the deliveries she helps out with.
Jodie Richardson’s online baby boutique Tumbling Birds showcases her handmade clothes, accessories and soft toys. Jodie’s stand looked amazing and her products were simply stunning. I love that my little mate is old enough now to go on lots of adventures with us but I really wish I’d found Jodie sooner.
Lucy Anne creates Textile Illustrations based on her life as a real life modern day milk girl. Her work, like mine, seeks to tell a story and her illustrations are detailed but uncluttered. Love, love, love!
Country Living was a totally new experience for me. I had to learn a different way of talking to people about my work, as unlike my handmade events customers weren’t so interested in how things had been made. It pushed me to develop some new skills and products and it gave me the opportunity to meet people I normally wouldn’t have come into contact with. I’ve been lucky in the fact it seems to have generated some media interest so fingers crossed for a bit of a Country Living legacy!