We are constantly being bombarded by the media that the UK did not experience a double-dip recession and that it’s not all doom and gloom. Yet there are numerous artisans who have and still are just treading water, you will find them hanging out on Facebook, twitter and in the folksy forums.
They constantly post links and images to their handcrafted wares in the hope that their creation will become the next hot item.
It’s true that handmade / handcrafted is enjoying something of a revival and this may well be due in part to programmes such as Kirstie’s Handmade Britain.
But what of the individual artisan who slogs away for hours creating and listing their wares? How much of an impact have the various craft related television programmes had on their sales?
If we are to believe the media It’s not all doom and gloom, there are pockets of success and in the world of handcrafted there are always reasons to be cheerful.
- You posted a picture with a link to one of your handmade products on Facebook that reach more than one person.
- You twitter followers and facebook likes reach triple figures.
- The hand embroidered cushion that took you over 7 hours to make just got featured on the Folksy homepage.
- All that social networking finally pays off and you enjoy a flurry of sales.
- You make it onto the Folksy best sellers list for the first time.