Right now, I am poised at the very beginning of a hugely busy summer for me and Songbead jewellery.
I’ve got that feeling of nervous anticipation – the calm before the storm, so to speak. But not actually so calm! Here’s what the next two months hold for me, jewellery-wise:
Added to that, with my other hat on as a classical singer, they also hold this:
2nd – 4th August – performances of Re:Sound’s Battles Within and Without
Can you do the maths…..? I am going to be one busy bee! And you may notice that the timings with all of my engagements are pretty tight…..including an overlap of the 2nd – 4th August……eek! Thankfully, I have a very, VERY kind partner who is going to travel up to Edinburgh and set and start up the fair for me. HUGELY grateful doesn’t even begin to cover it!
This is definitely the busiest summer I will ever have had with jewellery. A 23-day craft fair……I have got to tell you, I am a little intimidated by just how much stock I will have to make! The West End Fair takes place in the very centre of Edinburgh, during the Festival period. If you are lucky enough to have ever visited my home city of Edinburgh during the month of August, you will know just what an awesome atmosphere the place has at that time, and how very, very busy it is!
I count myself as very lucky to come from such a wonderful place, and am looking forward to spending almost a month there this summer. A rare treat, even if I will be working there every single day! I have been to this particular fair countless times as a customer – I always make several trips, however long I am in Edinburgh whilst it is on, and I am extremely chuffed that I will be a part of it this year. Anyone who has done super-long events like this before – any tips gratefully received!
Although I know that I will need a LOT of stock, guessing exactly what I will need is hard. The pictures here are some of my new pieces that I’ve been working on. I find I am making up two or three versions of each design where I can….I don’t always do this but I figure this will be a more efficient way of working for these events.
Despite this, I anticipate that many of my evenings during the fair will be spent making, however much stock I have made up beforehand. I find that you can never guess what is going to be popular at any single event! I’ve been buying up art beads from some of my favourite makers. I got a fresh set of my signature tags made up too – big thanks to D’Arsie Manzella
for these beauties! Look how teeny they are….
Despite any trepidation however, overall I am extremely excited about this summer and all it holds. I think I will definitely be due a good rest come September!
My question for you this week is, what is your number one tip in preparing for craft fairs? Leave your answer in the comments below to be in with the chance of winning a set of handmade copper findings from The Curious Bead Shop, worth £15.50!
Rebecca is a Scottish jewellery designer, currently living in Manchester, England. You can read more about her and her work at her blog, songbeads.blogspot.com and see more of her jewellery at songbead.etsy.com. She also has a supplies shop at thecuriousbeadshop.etsy.com.