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My Make Do and Mend Year

by: Startacus Admin ~ 4th August 2013
If you are a fan of Kirstie Allsopp and her various upcycling, home making and handcrafting programmes, you will dig  "My Make Do and Mend Year" Jen Gale's guest article on Startacus highlighting her quest to make, made do and mend, and buy nothing new for a whole year. Started back in September 2012, we asked Jen to write a post on her self starter journey to date. Over to Jen to explai...
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Startup of the Week - Craft Candy

by: Startacus Admin ~ 19th June 2013
As we all know, more and more people are getting into crafts, making anything from knitted cakes and treats, to making actual cakes and treats! However finding local workshops, clubs and likeminded people can be a craft in itself, which is why our latest Startup Of The Week is so very good.Craft Candy is a new way of connecting you to local craft events currently in London, but promises to ad...
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Free Startup Day for wannabe Design and Craft Businesses

by: Startacus Admin ~ 16th June 2013
Are you a recent UK Graduate Designer wanting to “Start, Run or Grow your own Design or Craft business”? If so, this free one-off event, could give you the foundations you need to draw together your big idea...Free and worthwhile stuff is always good we think (free and worthwhile being the clincher)! So when we heard about The Design Trust Start Up Day at New Designers, London (a 2 wee...
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The Make Works Tour

by: Startacus Admin ~ 3rd June 2013
If you’re a Scottish based designer, artist or maker, you’re going to love this innovative initiative from the inspirational design company, Make Works. Fi Scott and Vana Coleman, the design duo behind Make Works are spending this summer going on a 3 month tour of Scotland where they aim to find and visit 180 Scottish factories, makers, foundries, workshops and small businesses. Trav...
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CRAFT - call for entries

by: Startacus Admin ~ 23rd May 2013
If contemporary craft and design is your thing and you’re looking for new ways of showcasing and promoting your work to buyers, then next year’s CRAFT event may just be for you.Handmade in Britain and Clarion Events have come together to create the UK’s first trade event for designer makers.The event which is due to take place from the 12-14 January 2014 at London’s Earls C...
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The Hothouse Programme

by: Startacus Admin ~ 20th May 2013
Think that intensive accelerator type programmes are only for startups and businesses in the tech and digital sectors? Well, here’s one that’s very different. Hothouseis aimed solely at the creatives - the craft makers. Interested? Here’s what you need to know. What is it?Hothouse is part of the Crafts Council’s Professional Development Programme for makers and consists of...
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Starting a Craft Business - the basics to consider

by: Startacus Admin ~ 6th December 2012
It’d be fair to say that crafts have never really gone away, however they have certainly experienced somewhat of a resurgence in recent times. These days more and more of us are embracing crafts either by using our own creative and crafting skills, or supporting independent craft-makers and artisans when and where we can - and that can only be a good thing. Whether it’s knitting, card-...
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Craft Skills Awards

by: Startacus Admin ~ 24th November 2012
Finding and recognising the UK’s greatest Craft skills champions is the mission of the first ever Craft Skills Awards which opened for entries this week.The Awards are seeking to promote and celebrate the work that Britain’s craftspeople are doing and the important part that crafts play in our future heritage. Individuals, companies, organisations and groups can all apply provided of c...
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How to keep an ethical heart when selling to people...

by: Startacus Admin ~ 22nd June 2012
Have you ever been to an 'ethical' farmers' market or a craft fair, and the moment you left, regretted not buying, because you know you will never find that product on the high street or online? Well with the Ethical Community, Jason Dainter and Liam Patterson have created an online eco-friendly and natural marketplace, to help address that very issue. Launched back in October 2010, the website s...
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