09 Dec The next stage of our craftivism adventure… what do you think?
Hey craftivistas, supporters and people who might have found this blog by accident. I hope you are all well and happy. Sarah Corbett here.
I haven’t written a personal blog for quite a long time now and so much has been going on I wanted to share it with you and get your thoughts. So…
So here is the plan or us being a social enterprise. There will be 4 focuses
- products to sell online and offline in shops – create more products especially kits
- workshops, events and talks- this could be organisations/people booking me in or we set up ourselves. I’m also keen to be a bit of a travelling craftivist (think pop up shop but more of a pop up person) where I tweet were I am plus book in days in particular venues around the UK and people come and join me to do some craftivism or just have a chat- what do you think? It could be a cafe, train, circle line tube, park bench, craft shop… again people/places could book me in and I go where there is a demand
- ‘special projects’ – which might be a funded projects with partners, might be a campaign we really love and want to work on like we did with the Railway Adventure and Sew to Bed or just something we want to do that isn’t covered in the first 2 streams. I’m thinking a craftivism bootcamp would be amazing and I could make certificates for the attendees at the end plus we could ask them to then train other craftivists/set up events etc so I don’t do everything.
- still creating hi res photographs for our blogger fans (and maybe media if I get more confident pitching stuff) to use to raise awareness of global injustices and trying to do it even quicker now to react to current news such as Osborne’s budget announcement in March if it will be fuelling inequality
Plus improving our website, improving our instruction videos and adding to them, creating new craftivism projects (yay!) and so much more.
Luckily I’m getting help with the business plan from 4 people who asked to be my mentor (random I know but amazing!) and are advising in different ways (funding, media, social enterprise business plan and strategy) so I’m really excited about the future but also nervous too and wish there was more time to do what they need from me.
Really hoping I can find more people willing to help me with particular jobs such as improving this site, updating the blog, designing some kits, improve and update our online shops, researching facts we need for new kits, book keeping and more otherwise I can’t do it all :'(
I’m currently making a Survey Monkey so I can offer it to you (yes you!) to find out what you would like from the Craftivist Collective in the future, and get your thoughts and ideas on our plans. It would be really helpful to get your honest feedback.
Any way, right now I’ve gotta go and make 10 kits to give to 123 Bethnal Green Road concept store who want to sell them as stocking fillers before Christmas!
I hope to hear from you soon and maybe see some of you at the January workshop here