So why should you support UK makers?

There has been a huge re-emergence of crafts over the last few years which is lovely to see. Many more crafters have taken the leap from hobbyist to small business. Listed below are just some of the reasons why we choose to shop with them over the high street. 

Why the increase in crafting businesses?

It appears driven largely by the crumbling economy which leads to those who need flexible working hours turning to craft for the chance to earn much needed funds in a flexible and satisfying manner. The work at home mother (WAHM) and those with ongoing health issues are a huge portion of this. Those with a day job are able to top up their earnings and pursue a hobby that they are passionate about.

Not only the increase in living costs but the general lifestyle we have found ourselves in, is making many question modern practises and we want to know where the things we buy are coming from. By making our own and buying from other makers we can rest easy knowing we are not supporting a cloak and dagger industry, many large companies have all too regularly proven to have low morals and a blatant disregard for basic humanity.

We are often disillusioned with today’s society which has increased the nostalgia for crafts, enabling us to connect with our younger happier years and beloved relatives many who sadly are now past and gone. Crafting is immensely satisfying especially if you’ve conquered a knew technique or skill, rather therapeutic too!

Social media has played it’s part as well enabling us to connect and share, encourage and inspire each other as never before.

Added Value

When you buy directly from a maker you are able to connect with the person making your item in a way that can never be possible with corporate businesses. The item you buy will always have something extra. The mere fact that it is not mass produced means you will benefit from care and attention to detail, we want you to buy from us again!

We put a lot into what we are making, I’m always a little sad to see my work go because I put so much of me into it, especially my original artworks.

The pieces we produce are often completely unique or can be customised to suit your needs.

I love to receive a package from another maker, I always love it more when it arrives than I am expecting. Also there is usually a little individual touch that makes it feel special, whether in the presentation or in the accompanying message or both!

The Economy

As previously mentioned, you know where your moneys going. Whether you like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter or have a good nosy at our blogs, you can get a real sense of the people you are buying from. The solidarity and support between makers is also something lovely to be apart of both online and in the community. Crafting is a great reason to get together to socialise and learn new skills.

Every time you buy from one of us it gives a little boost to the economy not only in the actual funds but also in helping avoid unemployment, every little helps! The money goes directly to us and our families.

EcoFriendly

Obviously buying in the UK lowers the carbon footprint which straight away is a bonus. Many makers are eco-friendly whether by design or default. Thriftiness and the trend for vintage fuelling us industrious lot! Upcycling and the use of natural materials is now a huge influence because we care!

Maintaining tradition

Many craft skills have been passed down for generations and it’s important to keep these alive. Each new era adding their own take and making it their own, it really would be a shame to loose these methods and knowledge.

Is that enough reasons for you?

If you’d like to do your bit for the economy, help maintain traditional skills, WAHM’s and those trying to support themselves, then spend your money wisely and receive the added value you gain from spending with a UK maker!

 

About Kirstie Adamson

Kirstie Adamson is a magazine & junkmail collage artist. A partner at EcoCreate and a passionate revamp crafter!

http://www.kirstieadamson.co.uk

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