After LOTS of umming and ahhing, I've decided to take up the offer of a stand at the Ideal Home show at Christmas. I'll be running some comps soon for free tickets, so look out for that!
I've never done one of these massive retail fairs before, so just gently freaking out in the corner...
Only a month to pull it together, challenge accepted.
My super creative husband has been stealing my camera equipment more and more, and frankly is showing me up! He's had work featured on Speedhunters, and has just launched his own brand. If you're a bit of a petrol head, I'd definitely recommend checking him out!
Today was scary. (Here's why if you missed it.)
I didn't feel like it went brilliantly and it was over in a flash without me really feeling like I'd made the impression I wanted to.
Hohum, I met some lovely people and I'll be happy with whatever comes from it. I was unbelievably chuffed to have made it this far and kept checking my emails in case they'd only sent it to me be accident. The link below is a tiny video taster of the day, made by The Great Retail Revival posted by another entrant.
This is happening!
Not only have I been handpicked for the "new talent" area Spotted Plus (which gives me double the space to display as I had in September), I've been selected by the Design Editor of The Telegraph Magazine as a featured British designer and manufacturer for their Product UK Showcase. Eek!
If you're a retailer and are thinking of visiting, please let me know and I can send you a free entry voucher.
Beyond chuffed to have TWO items featured in The Guardian Christmas Gift Guide 2013! As in, The Actual Guardian...
Check it out here!
After seeking much opinion on social media, I decided to accept the invitation to stock work on notonthehighstreet.com. So far so good, I've already bagged one order! Yay :) Only a handful of products on there at the mo, but I'll be adding more soon.
You can see my shop here. Go on, click it!
So I've finally managed to catch my breath!
Top Drawer was fab: a flurry of on the spot sales, some lovely new stockists (including Dulwich Picture Gallery, To Be Established, BritishDesignBritishMade, and Bond Street Studios) and some very exciting press interest (ahem Ideal Home Magazine and the Guardian) and orders keep trickling in!
Thanks so much for all your lovely words of encouragement!
Now, anyone fancy helping me carve 102 bamboo pens..?
The other Spotted exhibitors were just lovely, I recommend checking them out!
Lots of news and pics to share, but for now I just need to lie down...
Hopefully someone will want to nab some of these this weekend... If you are interested in wholesale orders, please get in touch!
You may or may not of heard of it, but there's a massive trade show held in September at Olympia every year called Top Drawer, where people like John Lewis and Amazon come to pick new stock. There's a special section for 10 hand picked new designers called "Spotted" …
And I've been chosen as one of the 10!
Massive YAY and also EEK! So I'm frantically rushing around trying to work out how I could produce on a large scale, just in case someone big likes what they see!
See here and here for my little profile piece on the website. Fingers crossed!