Hear from Scotland-based makers Stefanie Cheong, Frances Priest, and Alan Dibble of Green Thomas about how the pandemic has affected their practice and how they have adapted their routes to market.
Gain valuable insights from jeweller/designer Stefanie Cheong, designer Alan Dibble of Green Thomas, and ceramic artist Frances Priest into how to identify alternative selling routes during the pandemic, including selling online, directly through Instagram and #artistsupportpledge.
Taking place during Craft Week Scotland, this is the final webinar in Craft Scotland’s new five-part COMPASS series focusing on the market for craft. Our aim is to equip makers and craft destinations (galleries, shops and venues etc.) with the knowledge and skills to boost selling and teaching opportunities as the vital Christmas selling season approaches.
- Explore the ways that the pandemic has impacted makers’ practice and planning without the usual framework of events.
- Identifying alternative selling routes during the pandemic, including selling online
- How to manage the impact of cancelled shows/events and make the most of participating in shows that did go ahead (online and in-person events) and the impact this has on making. Plus, how to then plan for the year ahead
- Managing the changing relationships with wholesale buyers and retailers
- Engaging your audience through different digital methods
- Fulfilling Ecommerce orders within the restrictions
- Developing your work in new ways to meet new sources of demand or to appeal to a different kind of buyer
Stefanie Cheong (Jeweller/Designer, Glasgow)
Since graduating in 2013, Stefanie Cheong has developed a portfolio career spanning jewellery and object design, making, teaching, craft development and curatorial practice. Her work is underpinned by ethical making that considers process, business practices and use of materials. Working with Fairtrade and recycled metals paired with found Scottish rock, Stefanie uses traditional stone cutting techniques with a contemporary aesthetic often with interchangeable elements that encourage the wearer to consider sustainable design. Stefanie initiated O-PIN, which is a curatorial, educational and public facing project that aims to engage wider audiences with Art Jewellery.
Alan Thomas Dibble (Designer, Fife)
Alan Thomas Dibble is part of the design duo that makes up Green Thomas. Alan graduated from the Central Saint Martins in London and has worked with global brands and retailers designing knitwear. Based in Glasgow, Green Thomas’ range is stocked in premium department stores and exclusive boutiques in the UK, Europe, Japan and the USA. Alan was also the Director of Fashion Foundry, a business incubator for fashion designers based in Scotland. Fashion Foundry provided studio space, sampling and production facilities alongside a bespoke program of workshops and mentoring sessions all with the aim of supporting the professionalism of emerging and established fashion brands.
Frances Priest (Ceramic artist, Edinburgh)
Frances Priest is an Edinburgh-based artist. Her current work explores cultural histories of ornament and decoration through collections of ornately drawn and coloured ceramic objects. She combines a studio-based practice with site-specific projects, residencies and commissions, exploring interwoven elements of place and community through drawing and making.
Graduating from Edinburgh College of Art in 1999, Frances established an early reputation for bold slabbed clay sculptures examples of which can be found in public collections throughout the UK. These include The National Museum of Scotland, The Fitzwilliam Museum and The Victoria & Albert Museum.
This is the fifth and final webinar in Craft Scotland’s new five-part COMPASS series focusing on the market for craft. Our aim is to equip makers and craft destinations (galleries, shops and venues etc.) with the knowledge and skills to boost selling opportunities as the vital Christmas selling season approaches. All sessions are free to attend.
COMPASS: The Market for Craft Series
Tuesday 29 September – COMPASS: The Market for Craft Report Launch (now past)
Tuesday 13 October – COMPASS: Fundamentals of Selling Online (Book Now)
Tuesday 27 October – COMPASS: How to Run a Socially Distanced Craft Event (Book Now)
Tuesday 3 November – COMPASS: Selling Craft from a Retailer Perspective (Book Now)
Tuesday 10 November – COMPASS: Selling Craft from a Maker Perspective (Book Now)
COMPASS is Craft Scotland’s learning and development programme created specifically for makers. COMPASS focuses on developing craft talent and equipping individuals with the necessary skills to create a sustainable craft practice. COMPASS offers a unique mix of active learning, residentials, mentoring and 1:1 specialist advice.
This programme is subsidised by Craft Scotland and supported by the William Grant Foundation and Creative Scotland to ensure that more makers have access to quality learning and development opportunities.
National partners for The Market for Craft report include: Arts Council of Wales, Contemporary Visual Arts Network, Craft Northern Ireland, Craft Scotland, Crafts Council, Creative Scotland, Creative United, The Goldsmiths’ Company, Great Northern Events/Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair.