Hello, everyone – Tom here. This weekend just gone, I had the pleasure of attending my second Etsy UK Captains Summit, and my first one as the captain of our Etsy team. At the same time as being a wonderful opportunity to connect with fellow captains, co-captains and leaders across the UK, and Etsy staff, it presents an opportunity to exchange knowledge and experiences that allow us to develop both ourselves and our creative communities – and it was the subject of community that popped up more often than not over the weekend, in different ways. After a few days thinking over what was said and what I took away from the summit, I’m taking the opportunity to put down a few thoughts.
On 17 and 18 June 2016, the Portsmouth and Southsea Consortium was proud to take part in its second Etsy Craft Party. With no set theme this year, this celebration of meeting, making, creativity and community ended up being influenced by our city’s coastal location, hence it’s beautiful pun of a nickname – Coast in the Shell.
The Portsmouth and Southsea Consortium was proud to take part in its first Etsy Craft Party this year – a celebration of meeting, making, creativity and community. The theme for the two-day event was given as ‘kaleidoscope: paper taking shape’, and Etsy teams up and down the country were encouraged to come together, along with members of their local area to share a little about them, what they do and why they do it, as they joined together creator and community.