When people ask why I go to Blogtacular each year, the one reason I always give is that I love the intense burst of positivity. There is something about having so many creative people in one place, all cheering each other on, all rooting for each other to succeed and helping one another out, that is almost dizzying. Something magical happens when so many creatives converge for the sole purpose of being inspired and learning, and Blogtacular is the best example of this that I have experienced.
Words like ‘tribe’ and ‘squad’ used to conjure up images of Taylor Swift parading about in a catsuit. That was until I found my own creative tribe. Last year I went to Blogtacular and I realised I had found my people! It was liberating to find myself in among 300+ other (mainly) women who just seemed to be on the same wavelength as me. So it shouldn’t come as any surprise that I have just been again this year. Read more
I had a lovely Sunday with my friend April last weekend, visiting Lustre and Handmade Nottingham, two excellent craft fairs in Nottingham. The world of craft fairs is varied, from small fairs held at church halls and community centres, through markets by local craft makers and artists to high end events featuring nationally recognised makers. I love the variation of work on display but most or all, I love the people. I really enjoy talking to other makers who are passionate and enthusiastic about their products and genuinely want to meet the people who buy them. As a maker myself, I love seeing people being drawn to my jewellery and asking me about it. Read more
Most people have heard of Leonardo da Vinci. Most will think of the Mona Lisa. But for me, its his drawings that capture the imagination. His sketches and technical drawings have a character and delicacy that just fascinates me. Da Vinci was one of the first artists whose work captured me, and it still does. Nottingham Castle is one of four venues across the UK and Ireland that is playing host to a touring exhibition of ten drawings from the Royal Collection. The drawings show the variety of da Vinci’s interests and curious nature, spanning anatomy, map making and engineering to botanicals.
Bloggers by the nature of their work, tend to be insular souls, tapping away on laptops in their homes with only the cat to talk to. So gather a whole gaggle of creative bloggers in a venue in central London and the decibel levels rise.
Blogtacular! Is something I have wanted to attend for a couple of years now. At first I wasn’t sure I could justify the expense, then I was away on holiday, but the third time? I made a decision I was going.There is a Blogtacular Twitter chat every Wednesday night at 9pm GMT. As Twitter chats go, it’s pretty damn awesome:well organised, friendly and actually useful. I always come away from a chat feeling positive and like I belonged, so thought surely the conference would be the same, but on steroids. Read more
So this last weekend saw a huge craft trade show happen at the NEC in Birmingham, CHSI Stitches! This was the first time I would be going to a trade event like this, so I was pretty excited. After a minor issue with me not being able to find my registration email ( I really need to clear out my inbox…) and having to sign up again, we started wandering around the stands. Read more
Most city centres at night aren’t exactly family friendly, especially on a Friday. But city councils all over the UK are trying to produce events that encourage families to stay in the city after dark and to brighten up the dismal winter evenings. Nottingham has been putting on Light Night every February for the past 9 years, with the city attractions open late and buildings lit up, and special activities across the city.