Craftaganza Live – The first of many…

Nervously Zoe, Amy, Claire and I sat in the bar of The Old Market in Hove preparing ourselves for the first ever Craftaganza Live, to be honest we had no idea what to expect, 10 people, 30 people, what we didn’t expect was a full house…

The mic was set up (something I had never spoken into before), the laptop was waiting ready to show Claire and Amy’s images of Super+Superhq and 7pm had arrived so it was time to open the doors (I must admit at this point a bottle of nerve calming wine had been consumed, whether or not this was a good idea remains to be seen!). The bar filled within 20 mins which was absolutely amazing, wonderful and daunting!….

We began by my recapping of how Craftaganza Live had been in the pipeline for myself and Zoe (who runs the vibrant Craftaganza markets) since the early spring. Being very aware that craft/maker types specialise in keeping themselves to themselves, it can be quite a lonely way of working. We thought that having a monthly social and inspirational evening gives like minded makers the chance to meet up. This city is literally bursting with creative talent and these nights give people the chance to connect and share their thoughts, ideas, and knowledge etc.  At which point we welcomed Claire and Amy…

It was great to have the brains behind Super+Superhq to be the first speakers, they run an exciting creative space in central Brighton, designed to connect crafty people on a daily basis. Claire and Amy talked us through the trials and tribulations of taking on a seven year lease for a large commercial property, in order to run their dream creative business. Super+Superhq is best described as a creative hub where you can go to work, learn, meet craft people, watch films and be inspired. It is still a very fresh young business, the idea is but a year old and the space itself has been open since March of this year, it is going from strength to strength with new directions and exciting new classes. The blog definitely one to follow with info on what is going on at the hub as well as super inspirational projects that you can do. The girls were surprised when they realised that they had spoken for over an hour and the crowd seemed grateful that they had shared their experiences.

I was blown away by the amount of people that came along to the first event, it was a full house which I didn’t expect. I hope that the evening goes from strength to strength and that people walk away feeling inspired and want to come back to the next one.

November 14th will see TheBigForest taking centre stage, if you haven’t encountered Benjamin and Michael before then you are likely to be in ore of the collectable soft creatures that they produce. At only 10 months old TheBigForest brand is already super strong and the products highly desirable. They will be sharing their business tips and the story of their journey so far with us. So put November 14th in your diary and be prepared to have your notebooks at the ready….

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