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Does The Perfect Work Life Balance Exist?

Written by Sophie.   With the onset of the new year and the daunting return to work beginning – it seems more important than ever to begin 2018 with a clear head. As a maker who is most likely self employed or balancing multiple projects at once, a balance between work and life can seem…

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Photographing your Handmade Work

Written By Sophie.   Making sure that you get high-quality, professional photos of your handmade work is perhaps the most important marketing technique for your creative business. Photographs of what you make are not only essential for advertising, but they are the first thing that your customers will see when flicking through your social media…

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Navigating Social Media

Written By Sophie.   Nowadays, it feels like pretty much everything we do is online; its how we get our news, keep in touch with people and even do our shopping. It a world saturated with online content, it is essential that the posts you put out there leave a lasting impression on your customers….

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How to Price your Handmade Work

Written by Sophie.   As a maker, it is often difficult to know what price point is suitable for your work. This is because it can feel difficult to put a price tag on your creativity. In terms of handmade work you are stuck between a rock and a hard place – if you charge…

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Crafting a USP for your Design Business

Written By Sophie.   Perhaps the most important aspect of business branding is your USP or unique selling point, this what makes your business stand out from the crowd! In a market saturated with other makers it is important you identify exactly what your individual USP is, allowing you to retain a strong focus as…

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Branding Basics

Written By Sophie. An effective brand and branding strategy can help your craft business stay ahead of the game, draw new customers in and give you an amazing edge to your competitors. No matter if your brand is a large scale company or a small scale start up, consistent and sharp branding is critical. So,…

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Starting Your Craft Business: 10 Tips

Written by Sophie.     Have you recently started your own small craft or design business? Or do you want to get your creative business off the ground but don’t know where to start? The journey to a successful business can seem daunting so we’ve put together 10 simple tips to help you on your…

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New Online Maker Community

The Manchester Craft & Design Network is a creative community where artists, makers and designers can share ideas, offer advice and connect with other creatives within their field. Here you will find regular blog posts discussing topics ranging from photographing your work to achieving the perfect work life balance. And we’ll keep you up to…

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Christmas crafts

Looking for the UK’s most talented crafters!

Channel 4 and Raise the Roof productions are looking for makers of all crafts to appear on the third series of ‘Kirstie’s Handmade Christmas’ and compete for the coveted titles of ‘Best decorated Christmas Tree’, ‘Best Christmas Hamper’, ‘Best Christmas Wreath’, ‘Best Handmade Advent Calendar’, ‘Best Wrapping’, ‘Best handmade gift’ and ‘Best Christmas Stocking’. The filming involves…

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THE BLUECOAT

Job Opportunities: Summer ’17

Round up of some of the job opportunities around the North West.   Spirit of Manchester: Invitation for quotes to design award trophy Deadline: 31st May 2017 Type: Paid commission Budget: £350 Artform: any design shape or form incorporating the Spirit of Manchester logo Macc’s annual Spirit of Manchester programme highlights the excellent work of…

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Collect Open

Exhibition Opportunities Summer ’17

There are many fairs and exhibitions happening around the UK throughout the year. Take a look at some that might take your fancy. The London Artisan The London Artisan is a curated marketplace in the heart of East London. A collaborative project between Designers/Makers and The Old Truman Brewery. The London Artisan offer’s a diverse, quality, shopping…

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Great northern call for applications

MCAD Network Opportunities Digest

Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair 2017 12th – 15th October 2017 Deadline: Tuesday 18th April This year GNCCF celebrates their 10th Anniversary from 12th -15th October at their new home of Upper Campfield Market, in the heart of Manchester city centre. The GNCCF champions makers at all stages of their careers, from emerging graduates to highly collectible…

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Help shape the future of our online community for makers

Help shape the future of our online community for makers

Manchester Craft & Design Network is a monthly e-bulletin of opportunities for craft and design practitioners. We also host bi-annual Maker Meet Up events and Creative Business Development workshops throughout the year. We believe that this platform has significant potential to be developed into a wider support network for knowledge exchange and collaboration and we’re looking for…

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