Those that do handmade are no longer only to be found in a dusty hall somewhere on a Saturday trying to sell their wares at a Craft Fair or selling their creations through various outlets that charge them commission. No, serious crafters are taking control and are to be found on t’internet. I’m embracing the use of technology and haven’t stopped with just this blog. Although, there is the time commitment – thime I could be spending crafting – I am not only enjoying exploring different avenues for promoting and developing my craft, but am learning new things all the time. To mine and my husband's utter amazement I am even beginning to pick up a bit of html coding as I build my online presence, which will stand me in good stead in the future when I hope to create my own website.
So, where can you find Concept Design Form?
The first online outlet for me was Folksy, which gave me an opportunity to launch a shop, without the hassle of trying to build my own website from scratch. It's easy to add stock and edit listings and has given me a place to sell my creations. Not only that, but the Folksy forum is providing me with an opportunity to chat with other crafters. If you register on Folksy, add Concept Design Form to your favourite shops, then you can easily find me when you need to buy a treat. If you are a crafter and you are not on Folksy, why not open a shop?
Flickr enables many artists and crafters to have an online portfolio of work that can be updated and organised easily. Images can be made public and so the potential for your work to be seen is vast. In some ways it is like a pictorial blog - where the images take first place. Viewers can also comment on images and so it can serve as an excellent way to gain feedback. If you are on Flickr, add me as a contact and you can check for new images more easily.
I've only recently started a Facebook page. It is yet another avenue to promote my work. The pages are much like the regular profile pages giving opportunity for sharing photographs, posting links and sharing that latest news. If you are on Facebook, feel free to become a fan of my page and keep up to date with the latest creations at Concept Design Form.
It is rather odd blatantly trying to flog what I make and promoting myself. I am trying to balance this with providing help to others and helping to promote other people's work too. Sometimes, I also think it's rather odd how much we interact with people virtually, yet in the real world many people pass each other without even so much as a sideways glance. Real face to face interaction would be good, but unless I win the lottery or somehow muster up the revenue to open that little shop I keep dreaming about, I'll have to stick with the virtual world.
- Concept Design Form
- North West, United Kingdom
- I am keen crafter, with a particular fondness for pearls and all things shiny and a dream that one day I might just own that little shop I've always wanted to run. I am forever making something whether it's some cards, jewellery or something knitted... the devil makes work for idle hands, but mine are rarely idle!