Friday, 6 May 2011

Just over a week to go and we will be providing a decorative spectacular at the Picnic in the Park. It has been a busy month since our last post. First we had our extra IT session led by Lynsey of Purpleshmurple who did an amazing job. Her patience and attention to detail were incredible. Not only did we get tips and advice on making the most of the internet to exhibit and sell work, but also some very comprehensive handouts to take home and practise with. She even managed to persuade some of us stalwart facebook sceptics to sign up and get accounts. Impressive!

Our regular monthly meet-up for April was another session led by a member. This time Rachel from Birdhouse Press joined us and offered advice and tips on photographing items for websites, blogs and online shops.

It was a very informal session with Rachel giving each of us some specific ideas for improving how we photograph our particular arts/crafts. The major issue that came up for many of us was the constraints of photographing items at night, which is when we get our precious time to devote to our crafts if we aren't lucky enough to be doing them full time. She also highlighted the use of props and locations to enhance the look of items. Sounds obvious but is something that gets overlooked when you are rushing to snap and upload photos with limited time.
Thanks to both Rachel and Lynsey for their time and kindness.

So, back to the May 15th event. Really hope everyone is getting organised and excited. We will have some new members with us on the day so looking forward to welcoming them and having some new makers in the mix. Fingers are crossed for perfect weather but if last year's event is anything to go by, Chorley people are up for anything and certainly not put off by a spot of rain on their picnic blankets...

Once we have finished that event we meet up as usual on Saturday 21st of May and then two weeks later we are back to our regular craft spot at The Coach House for our summer fair. Busy, busy, busy!


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