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Startup of the Week - Craved

by: Startacus Admin ~ 19th December 2018
The lowdown on Craved, the startup platform that is showcasing craft food and drink from across the UK... With the festive season virtually upon us, it’s pretty likely that enjoying good food and drink will be high on the agenda for many of us. We can of course enjoy quality food and drink at any time of the year - it’s not just a Christmas thing! Our latest startup of the week are on...
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How to Start a Craft Business

by: Startacus Admin ~ 11th May 2015
We all love to get a little creative every now and again - some of us more than others. And if you put your mind to it, you can make a living by doing almost anything, especially if it’s something that you enjoy. Maybe you’re particularly imaginative and good with your hands? If that’s the case, you may be interested in hearing about how to start your own craft business! It can ...
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Irish Bridal Headpiece Designer Sandra L O’Hara chats with Startacus

by: Startacus Admin ~ 28th April 2015
Taking a creative passion or skill and turning it into a ‘real-life’ trading business can be a tough thing to do. It’s also a process that many post-graduate artists and designers struggle to achieve; the commercialisation of one’s art can be as challenging as creating that art in the first place. So, when we had the opportunity to chat with Sandra L O’Hara, a D...
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Is Crafting good for your Mental Health?

by: Startacus Admin ~ 11th February 2015
As if you needed further reason to indulge in all things handmade and crafty, there is a growing school of thought which says they are actually good for your mental wellbeing.   We were rather surprised by this - not that crafting is good for your head - but that there is so much interest in the links between the various acts involved with crafting and our mental processes.   No doubt ...
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From Hobby to Exporting Start-up Business - We chat with Harch Wood Couture

by: Startacus Admin ~ 28th August 2014
Harch Wood Couture is a family startup business based in Northern Ireland’s County Tyrone that designs and hand sculpts wooden homeware products including chopping and serving boards. Much like our recently featured NI start-ups Receet and Sixty-5, Co-Founder Orlagh McVeigh is participating in Invest Northern Ireland’s Propel Programme, an intensive 12-month accelerator, aimed at ...
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The Mollie Makes Handmade Awards

by: Startacus Admin ~ 16th April 2014
If you’re the crafty sort, you’ll no doubt be familiar with Mollie Makes - one of the most popular magazines for lovers of all things craft and handmade. A bit like ourselves, they’re fond of showcasing creative people doing their own thing - and regularly feature some of the best designers and makers out there.This year they’re going a little further and with the recently ...
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Calling all craft and designer makers

by: Startacus Admin ~ 25th March 2014
CRAFT calling! Calling all craft and designer makers – are you looking for a new and exciting way to showcase your work to potential buyers? Well you are in the right place. CRAFT is an exhibition you will want to be part of. So what is it? Clarion Events and Handmade in Britain have created CRAFT to provide a commercial platform for designer makers who wish to reach an audience of p...
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Selling at Craft Fairs - Basic Tips

by: Startacus Admin ~ 17th September 2013
If craft is your thing, you’re more than likely at some point bound to be considering exhibiting at a craft fair or show. Whether you’re doing it as a way of earning a few extra pounds or you’re hoping that it could be the start of a retail empire, there can be no denying that selling at a craft fair can be one of the best ways of making an impact - both to showcase your wares an...
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The Handmade in Britain Christmas Arcade

by: Startacus Admin ~ 19th August 2013
Yes, we know that it’s still only August, but like it or not, winter evenings and Christmas are really not that far away! In fact, the days of mulled wine and mince pies will be here before we know it!And if you’re a designer-maker, it would certainly be worth your while to start making some plans about Christmas now!Why? Well, mainly because those fab folks at Handmade in Britain are ...
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Startacus takes a look at the Greeniversity

by: Startacus Admin ~ 10th August 2013
Since we’ve featured a series of posts on the green economy recently and we also love our makers, crafters and upcycling posts - Greeniversity seems a perfect subject  to tell you all about....Wanna find out more? Read on...According to a recent Greeniversity survey called the the “Endangered Skills Register” the list of endangered everyday skills that are under threat of ne...
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