The past year has dramatically changed the landscape for small businesses. Join the Crafts Council for our online series of Spring-back talks to prepare your craft business for 2021 and beyond.
How to diversify income streams for your craft business
Wednesday 8 September 2021, 1pm – 2pm BST
Held via Zoom
About this talk
Sourcing additional income streams are useful when running any business and in a post-COVID world this is more important than ever. For this talk we will hear from a maker who has found new and effective income streams. They will explain how they applied good concise communication to ensure these income streams generated a reliable cash flow for their business.
Our guest speakers
For our final talk in this series, we are delighted to be joined by our two guest speakers Ella Doran FRSA and Flora Collingwood-Norris.
Ella Doran FRSA
Ella Doran is a designer, textile mark-maker and photographer, who has created a wide range of highly-acclaimed projects and objects across product and textile design, furniture and interiors.
Doran’s visually-arresting and award-winning designs are the result of creative partnerships and collaboration. She has a First-class BA Hons degree in Printed Textiles from Middlesex University and works across photography, textiles and painting to create a wide range of outcomes, from products to projects, exhibitions & workshops. In the late 90s, she was one of the forerunners of the creative application of digitally printed photographic designs onto everyday products.
As a fellow of the RSA, Ella champions the principles of the circular economy through public engagements and teaching projects. She has given lectures and workshops at the Barbican, V&A and Clerkenwell Design Week, amongst others, engaging the public in the re-use of materials and furniture. Ella’s recent solo show, accompanied by a documentary on material circularity and transparency, ‘Sheep to Seat, Fleece to Floor’, was held at Yorkshire Sculpture Park in summer 2019.
Flora is a knitwear designer, maker and mender and author and publisher of ‘Visible creative mending for knitwear’. Balancing ethical, colourful knitwear and visible mending, Flora champions natural fibres and the skills needed to make your clothing last.
This August Flora is publishing her new book ‘Visible creative mending for knitwear’ to share her repair knowledge, and encourage others to have a sustainable wardrobe that’s unique and personal. Designed to transcend seasonal trends, Flora’s knitwear focusses on colour, often inspired by the Scottish landscapes around her. Her pieces are made in her Galashiels studio on hand-powered knitting machines, or in small batches at one of her local factories in Hawick, valuing local knowledge and craftsmanship.
Instagram @collingwoodnorris @visible_creative_mending
This talk series is part of Crafting Europe - a project funded by Creative Europe.
Watch all talks in this series via Crafts Council's YouTube channel.
These events are part of our ten free lunchtime talks held on Zoom covering essential marketing advice for makers who want to spring back from the last year and grasp all the new opportunities available to them. Speakers will be led by the Crafts Council team and include expert speakers and contributors.