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.
Over the last couple of weeks, we’ve seen a number of independent and small-to-medium business, encompassing artists, artisans, craftspeople, designers, makers and all manner of other categories of creative professional come under fire from colleagues, contemporaries and peers alike for using their professional platforms to express political sentiments. We just want to take a couple of minutes to reassure you that it’s OK for you to be political on your professional platforms, or via any other method of communication you have with your customers, partners or suppliers, for example.
Hello, everyone – Tom here. Now that we’ve all fully recovered from our #PortsConsortXmas #EtsyMadeLocal Christmas market earlier this month, I wanted to swing by and tell you all a few things that, to be honest, you probably already know. Oh, and to share a few photos from the event!
Well, this weekend sees the second Portsmouth and Southsea Consortium Etsy Made Local Christmas market! Use that wage packet you’ve just received to buy handmade, buy handmade and buy local this Friday 02 and Saturday 03 December 2016 at Square Tower, Portsmouth! We bet, by now, you’re curious as to which of the Consortium’s Etsy team‘s members will be there – if you read this post, you’ll find out!
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On Friday 02 and Saturday 03 December 2016, a selection of artists, crafters, designers, makers and vintage enthusiasts will set up shop at Square Tower, Broad Street, Portsmouth, to offer for sale a selection of their items as part of Etsy Made Local, a series of markets taking place across the UK that weekend facilitated by Etsy, the online marketplace for handmade items, vintage goods and craft supplies.
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.
As the Portsmouth and Southsea Consortium looks forward to what we might accomplish in 2016, we’ve thought back on our success organising one of the Etsy Made Local markets in December 2015 at aspex, a contemporary gallery in Gunwharf Quays. These markets gave people all over the UK the opportunity to buy from selected Etsy sellers in person, connecting with their creative community and exploring some of the inspiration and skill behind what was on offer. Read a little more about Etsy Made Local and check out some of our favourite photos in this post.
In the run-up to the Consortium’s Etsy Made Local Christmas market on 05 and 06 December at aspex, Gunwharf Quays, some of those who’ll sell at this will share a little about themselves and their businesses here on the Consortium’s website. In this post, find out a little about The Portsmouth and Southsea Consortium co-founder Tom West’s Teapot Magpie, and his contemporary crocheted accessories.
In the run-up to the Consortium’s Etsy Made Local Christmas market on 05 and 06 December at aspex, Gunwharf Quays, some of those who’ll sell at this will share a little about themselves and their businesses here on the Consortium’s website. In this post, find out a little about The Portsmouth and Southsea Consortium co-founder Roberta Fidora’s The Fidorium, and her illustrated greetings cards and vintage wares.