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November 23, 2022
Find a Maker is a "curated collection of the finest makers", hosted by CRAFTFestival. They're the organisers of award-winning craft festivals around Europe, including the popular Bovey Tracey and Cheltenham.
Membership of Find a Maker is by selection process. At the new members' welcome meeting today, I learned that 70% of applications are rejected. There are currently just under 400 members. So you can imagine how proud I feel to be accepted into membership.
Most of you reading this blog post will already be familiar with my work and will know a little bit about me. You might have bought work from me, or read my blog post where I showed up as my authentic self. After all, I'm not a brand, I'm a maker, a person - and all humans really want to do is connect with other humans, right?
But I've not really shared before about what I'm trying to achieve in my work, beyond refining my skills and making the highest quality work I can. So here's an excerpt from my Find a Maker profile where I've started to articulate what drives me (forgive the third person!):
Susan strives for simplicity and sustainability in both her work practices and her aesthetic.
She seeks to bring a sense of joy to her clients through making useful objects which are deeply pleasurable to use, thanks to their tactile natural materials that she believes connect deeply with our emotional, physical and perhaps also spiritual needs.
For Susan, making books is about making space: for creativity, for feeling, for thought, and for community.
Does any of that resonate with you? Let me know by leaving a comment below, I'd love to hear your thoughts.
My membership of Find a Maker is already helping me connect with other makers and of course with new customers who appreciate fine craftsmanship. But what can it do for you?
Well, if you enjoy fine craftsmanship, do visit the Find a Maker directory - it's the best way to discover makers producing finely crafted items from leather goods to furniture, prints to textiles, and everything inbetween.
If you love craft, whether as a 'consumer' or a maker, sign up to CRAFTFestival's newsletter here and listen to their podcast, Capital of Craft, here. And look out for some high-profile campaigns in the coming weeks!Susan Green
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