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category: Publications   

Always a thing of beauty, the bi-monthly Selvedge Magazine covers every facet of textiles – interiors, fashion, art, craft, travel and shopping – in an intelligent and inspiring way. “We see the world though a textile lens but cast our eye far and wide looking for links between our subject and achievements in other fields from architecture to archeology.”

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Silent Sales

category: Networks & Advisors   

region: National   Yorkshire   

Would you rather stick pins in your eyes than sell? Does the thought of cold calling bring you out in a cold sweat? You’re brilliant at what you do, but if you don’t sell your products it is essentially a hobby – which is fine.  But if you want to either learn to sell or outsource your selling then Simon at Silent Sales can help you.  The husband of successful fellow maker and artist, Marna Lunt, Simon has a unique insight into the maker and art markets.  His training is fun, engaging and professional but informal and he can tailor sessions for you and your market either in person or online.  Or – you might want to outsource all of the proactive sales work to him so you can free yourself up to make more of what you and your customers love whilst he opens doors for you to grow your business.

Simon is also the host of popular business podcast “Don’t Sell Yourself Short”.  If you’d be interested to guest on the podcast drop Simon a line, otherwise tune in for insightful, often humorous conversations about sales and business from almost any industry you can imagine.

telephone: 07377 178163

website: Click Here


Spin A Yarn

category: Textile/Haberdashery/Knitting Supplies   

region: South West   

Spin A Yarn is a specialist yarnshop in Devon offering locally produced organic wool & fleece, as well as exciting yarns from as far around the world as New Zealand, Peru and Japan. They also run workshops, from beginners knitting to professional finishing of knitted garments, crochet, spinning, felting & basket-weaving. Open 10am-5pm from Monday to Friday & 10am-4pm on Saturdays.

address: 26 Fore Street, Bovey Tracey, TQ13 9AD

telephone: 01626 836203

Tayberry Gallery

category: Independent Craft Shops   Venues & Galleries & Exhibition Space   

region: Scotland   

The Tayberry Gallery sells gifts, practical items and quality handmade. Everything is designed and made in Britain. Their changing collections include contemporary jewellery, ceramics, wood, textiles, illustrations, paintings, glass, sculpture and prints.

Open Monday – Friday 9.30-5.30pm and Saturdays 9.30 – 5.00pm.

address: 19 Princes Street, Perth, Scotland, PH2 8NG

telephone: 01738 440899

The Byre Gallery

category: Venues & Galleries & Exhibition Space   

region: South West   

The Byre Gallery on the Rame peninsula in south-east Cornwall exhibits stunning works of design-led craft and contemporary fine art by leading and emerging makers and artists from throughout the UK. It is a must-visit destination for all lovers of fine art as well as contemporary craft in ceramics, glass, jewellery, metals and textiles.

An exhibition at the Byre is thoughtfully curated in a style that suggests an inviting and elegant domestic setting rather than a more traditional gallery format.  Paintings and contemporary craft pieces are carefully selected and curated to create a considered and cohesive whole.

The Byre is open three times a year with exhibitions held in spring, summer and at Christmas, and always online.

address: The Byre Gallery, Hounster Hill, Millbrook, Cornwall, PL10 1AJ.

telephone: 01752 822936

website: Click Here


The Crafts Council

category: Networks & Advisors   

region: National   

The Crafts Council’s goal is to make the UK the best place to make, see, collect and learn about contemporary craft. In 1971 the Crafts Advisory Committee (CAC) was formed to advise the government ‘on the needs of the artist craftsman and to promote a nation-wide interest and improvement in their products’. In April 1979 the CAC was renamed the Crafts Council. It established independence from the Design Council and was granted a Royal Charter in 1982 ‘to advance and encourage the creation and conservation of works of fine craftsmanship and to foster, promote and increase the interest of the public in the works of fine craftsmen and the accessibility of those works to the public in England and Wales’.

address: 44A Pentonville Rd, London N1 9BY

telephone: 0207 806 2500

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The Design Trust

category: Networks & Advisors   

The Design Trust is an online business school for designers and makers. Working with new and established businesses, the team provide information and support about all the issues behind running a creative business, from exhibitions to trade orders, the media and financial matters…

“We provide the knowledge, tools and community for you to create a business you are proud of: Our Business Club members get practical expert information through 1-hour webinars and short video interviews, and the support and accountability of other creatives and our experts in our online community through forums, regular 30-day Challenges and a monthly Q&A call with The Design Doctor answering any business questions. Our Business School & Shop recommends our favourite online courses, e-books, products and tools created by our (affiliate) partners. Our free resources include a regular newsletter, and an opportunities and business training listing.”

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The Gloucestershire Guild Of Craftsmen

category: Independent Craft Shops   Venues & Galleries & Exhibition Space   

region: South West   

The Gloucestershire Guild of Craftsmen is a charitable membership organisation made up of designer-makers. The Guild organises a lively programme of exhibitions, demonstrations and workshops offering invaluable resources for those wishing to participate in or learn about the world of craft and design. The Guild Gallery Shop showcases and sells members’ work in Cheltenham.

address: The Guild at 51, Chapel Arts, Knapp Road, Cheltenham, GL50 3QQ

telephone: 01242 245215

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The Harley Gallery

category: Independent Craft Shops   Venues & Galleries & Exhibition Space   

region: North East   

The Harley Gallery has a programme of exhibitions and events as well as opportunities for local schools. Alongside the main gallery space is The Harley Shop selling high quality contemporary craft.

Open Monday-Saturday 10am – 5pm and Sundays 10am – 4.30pm.

address: Welbeck, Worksop, Nottinghamshire, S80 3LW

telephone: 01909 501700

website: Click Here

The Somerset Guild of Craftsmen

category: Independent Craft Shops   Venues & Galleries & Exhibition Space   

region: South West   

The Somerset Guild of Craftsmen is one of the oldest Guilds in the country and has been promoting the best of design and craftsmanship in the county for more than 85 years. All the makers are skilled, dedicated craftsmen and women who have undergone a stringent selection procedure to become a craft Guild member.

The Guild’s Gallery is open throughout the year showcasing and selling members’ work to discerning customers looking for something original, unique and beautifully made.

address: 23a Broad Street, Wells, BA5 2DJ

telephone: 01749 671112

website: Click Here


Tutton & Young Ltd

category: Events & Event Organisers   

region: South East   

Tutton and Young Ltd organise contemporary art and craft events across the UK. They are a small dedicated team run by organiser Jon Tutton and artist and maker Sarah Young, now with over 15 years experience. Their shows include the exceptional MADELONDON and Brighton Art Fair.

address: 51 Providence Place, Brighton, BN1 4GE

website: Click Here


Unit Twelve

category: Studio & Workshop Space   Venues & Galleries & Exhibition Space   

region: Midlands   

A contemporary craft exhibition and workshop space, based in a converted cow shed, in a beautiful rural location in Staffordshire.

It hosts a regularly changing programme of inspirational exhibitions, with complementary art workshops and is run by madebyhandonline Makers Jennifer Collier and Print Garage.

address: Tixall Heath Farm, Tixall, Stafford, ST18 0XX

telephone: 07811 460494

website: Click Here

Victoria Sewart Contemporary Jewellery

category: Independent Craft Shops   Venues & Galleries & Exhibition Space   

region: South West   

Situated in the historic waterfront Barbican area of Plymouth, this gallery showcases some of the very best jewellery designers from the UK.

Opening times: Mon & Tues 10.30am-4.15pm, Wed – Fri 10.30-5pm, Sat – 10.00am–5.30pm and Sun – 10.30am–4pm.

address: 39 Southside Street, The Barbican, Plymouth, PL1 2LE

VK Gallery

category: Independent Craft Shops   

region: South East   

Situated in the charming riverside market town of St Ives, Cambridgeshire, VK Gallery opened in September 2014 and works directly with carefully-selected artists, both discovering new talent and representing established artists from around the UK.

address: 18a Bridge Street, St Ives, Cambridgeshire, PE27 5EG

telephone: 01480 498130

website: Click Here

Yeshen Venema

category: Photography & Film   

Yeshen Venema is a freelance photographer specialising in product and lifestyle photography for designer/makers.

From styled shoots to cut outs, his images truly celebrate a maker’s work. He offers packages for independents, small businesses and publications – have a look!

website: Click Here

Yorkshire Sculpture Park

category: Independent Craft Shops   Venues & Galleries & Exhibition Space   

region: Yorkshire   

Yorkshire Sculpture Park is a pioneering place that aims to challenge, inspire, inform and delight, welcoming over 300,000 visitors, including 40,000 learning visits each year. As great advocates of British contemporary craft, enjoy five indoor galleries set in 500 acres of the 18th century-designed Bretton Estate.

address: West Bretton, Wakefield, WF4 4LG

telephone: 01924 832631

website: Click Here

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