Friday, 26 October 2012

Save the date! Craft Central Gets Hitched 2013


Following the success of our handmade wedding fair in 2011 and 2012, Craft Central Gets Hitched is all set for 2013. We love our new design for the posters and invitations - thank you to the graphic design team at WeMakeWebsites!

Grab those diaries and pencil in 21-24 March. We are busy planning the show and more details will be coming soon! Why not join our mailing list to be kept in the loop?

In the mean time, we're 'popping up' at Zoe Lem's Vintage Wedding Fair in Clerkenwell on 28 Oct 2012. We have teamed up with celebrity stylist, Zoe Lem, to bring you a selection of Craft Central designers making 'all things wedding' at her vintage show. Zoe Lem’s Vintage Wedding Fair returns with ‘new collaborations, even more exhibitors, experiences and workshops’… that’s where we come in!

Wednesday, 24 October 2012

Katherine Elizabeth Millinery crowned Best Fashion Retailer of The Year 2012!

Congratulations are in order for Craft Central milliner, Katherine Elizabeth who has won Best London Fashion Retailer of The Year 2012 at the London Life Style Awards.

Katherine says...
'We are delighted to announce that we have been awarded ‘Best London Fashion Retailer of the Year’ at this year’s annual London Lifestyle Awards at the Hurlingham Club in Fulham. Our millinery would like to say a HUGE ‘thank you’ to everybody who kindly voted for us- without all of you we would not have got this far. This year 4,127 businesses and personalities vied for one of the prestigious awards so this recognition is truly exciting!'

Come and meet award winning Katherine and her hats in her studio at Craft Central during Made in Clerkenwell (22-25 Nov)!

Tuesday, 23 October 2012

Get making this winter at CC! Halloween printmaking and much more...

Our jam packed programme of CIY making workshops is not to be missed at the bargain price of only £19.99 per session (including materials, wine and expert tuition!)

Anyone can have a go, with our enjoyable CIY: Craft It Yourself workshops. Learn from a pro and get making… No experience required! Whether you’re already an expert, or fancy trying something new, come and satisfy your crafty urges.

Try your hand at millinery, printmaking or making a Christmas stocking this winter... available to book online now. Don't be shy! Get started with CIY: Printing on Wednesday 31 Oct (6-8pm).

Monday, 22 October 2012

Christmas is coming – is your online shop ready? Supa Dupa are here to help!

Want to know more about eCommerce? Interested in finding out how to start and promote your own online boutique? Keen to make the most of your existing online shop? Supa Dupa - the Boutique eCommerce platform for creatives - can answer your questions!

Find out more and book online for a live workshop on 12 Nov at Craft Central (cost only £6). Taking 10 years of insider industry tips and condense them into 60 minutes, Supa Dupa will show you everything you need to know to start selling and promoting your products online. With 10 practical action points, you could be selling online the next day!

Why not sign up for a full day of training with our E COMMERCE DAY: All you need to know about selling online! for just £16. Read the full programme and book online here.

Friday, 19 October 2012

CC designers takeover Handmade in Britain!

It seems Craft Central designers are set to steal the show at Handmade in Britain 12: The Contemporary Crafts & Design Fair at Chelsea Old Town Hall!

From 16-18 Nov, amongst other members of the CC Network, expect to see Louise O'Neill, Namiko Murakoshi, Annie Ruthven Taggart, Daphne Krinos, Day C, Josef Koppmann, Sarah Herriot Design, Ulla Hornfeldt, Ekta Kaul and Sonia Cheadle.

Handmade in Britain say...
'We are incredibly proud to welcome some of the most innovative talent in contemporary design to this year’s show, with established designer makers exhibiting alongside talented new designers and recent graduates in what promises to be a very special weekend for visitors and designers alike.'

Download your special Craft Central ticket offer here

Thursday, 18 October 2012

Are you New into Business? We can help!

On Thursday 8 & Friday 9 November 2012, we will helping designer makers develop the confidence to promote themselves, sell work and grow their business with our special New into Business: 1 Year On training programme. The two-day training programme is aimed specifically at designers in the early stage of business (at least one year after setting up) and will provide essential information needed to get your business off the ground.

You will access one full day of business skills workshops by Rachel Smart and Dan Maier and a half day interactive peer review session with an expert industry panel the following day. You will meet successful designers and business experts who will offer vital information covering all areas crucial to running a new craft and design business.

The cost for both days is highly subsidised to remain affordable and is £80. If you’re not yet a member, this includes 1 year’s free membership of the Craft Central Network (worth £42). Book online now!

Click here to download the full New into Business programme details

Wednesday, 17 October 2012

A wealth of knowledge at your finger tips... Discover the Crafts Council Research Library

We're delighted to collaborate with the Crafts Council to offer an exclusive tour of their Research Library on  Pentonville Road (N1 9BY) on 1 Nov. Find out why the fascinating and extensive collection is relevant to your craft business... or perhaps just feed your craft enthusiasm! Find out more and book online here.

Discover the unique collection of resources which map the development of contemporary craft, from the mid-twentieth century to the present day, covering all major disciplines from Automata to Wood.

Collecting and disseminating new and vital research relevant to contemporary craft practice, the Crafts Council Research Library provides access to resources that help make sense of the practical side of running a creative business.

Monday, 15 October 2012

The latest training programme is up and running at CC

We’re here to help! Craft Central offers practical and insightful professional development training for designer makers.

The latest In Business Bulletin is ready! Here’s another jam-packed quarterly programme of professional development training. You’ll find relevant business advice delivered by expert consultants, industry professionals and experienced designer makers, through: group workshops, one-to-one surgeries, peer based learning labs and networking events - all at heavily subsidised prices...

Download the latest copy of the In Business Bulletin here... Follow the links to book online now!