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Please support the campaign to Buy Handmade

At jelly we value the artists mark, the idea of something handmade which is why we support the campaign Buy Handmade.

Read below and sign up too, artists and makers NEED you

This is an excerpt from the Uk Handmade campaign

Why Buy Handmade?
Buying from small independent businesses and individual makers has never been so important particuarly given the current economic climate. A recession can often be a perfect time to start a small business and the current cultural shift towards self-sufficiency means that a huge number of people are setting up on their own. Our own forum has over 2300 members with more joining daily!
Not only that but buying handmade has advantages and benefits that you won’t get buying from the larger stores on the high street.

  • Many designer / makers will happily produce items that are made to order and bespoke so you can get something uniquely personal at surprisingly affordable prices because many designers don’t have the same overheads as shops.
  • Buying locally reduces your carbon footprint because products haven’t been shipped from the other side of the world.
  • Buying locally also means the money you spend stays in your area and boosts the local economy.
  • Independant makers care about the things they make so building a relationship with local designer / makers means you are guaranteed outstanding customer service and exceptional quality.

I Am A Designer / Maker / Supporter – How Can I Get Involved?

  • Firstly sign the pledge over on the campaign page and add your name to the cause.
  • Tell everyone you know, friends, family and colleagues about the campaign and why they should buy from you and your fellow makers.
  • Add the campaign badge to your blog or website (you can get the html code for the badge from the campaign page. If you do blog don’t forget to let UK Handmade know by leaving a comment on the campaign page!
  • Share this article on twitter, digg, facebook etc).
  • Tell UK Handmade what you are doing in your own area to support local businesses and designers to improve your own economy and help handmade in general and UK Handmade may post it on the website, contact info@ukhandmade.co.uk with your stories!

Let’s get the UK buying handmade!!

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Suzanne Stallard, UK Handmade and pop-up shops

We’ve been featured in this seasons UK Handmade magazine  – read it here in http://ukhandmade.co.uk/magazine.

It includes a feature on the inspirations behind jelly, Suzanne Stallard, pages 52-54 and a piece in the pop-up shops feature on pages 18-21. Thanks to our resident photographer, Salvo Toscano again for fab shots of what we do.

ps follow UK Handmade and join their campaign to get us all Buying Handmade

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Arts on a Saturday

Last week we had a wonderful evening of music, art, demos and good wine as part of our fourth Third Thursday.

The Walk (off King Street) definitely had a different feel that night with the Caversham Artists, inhabiting the space that had been provided by London and County through the Open for Art scheme.

Our new sponsor, award-winning, locally based organic wine merchant Vintage Roots, offered guests the chance to try a number of superb wines (I can only talk from experience of the one I tasted but there were mighty nods of approval) and our official photographer Salvo Toscano, recorded the night through his lens. We are very privileged to be supported by such great people, the success of the Third Thursday events is based on our partners, who we all work with and the audience so thank you all for taking part.

And if you missed the open evening, there is a chance this Saturday 26 February to meet the artists and see the works between 11am until 5pm. It will be worth it. So before we give you  snapshot of the evening, courtesy of Salvo, put the date in your diary for the next one, Thursday 17th March, we have a real treat for you then too.

 

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A little reminder that tomorrow night, Thursday 17 February, is Third Thursday.

We will be in The Walk (off King Street) with the Caversham Artists, from 5.30pm. The event includes an exhibition of their current works, and the artists will all be present to talk about and demonstrate their work and tell you more about their forthcoming Open Studios.

This is the fourth Third Thursday we have hosted in partnership with Reading UK CIC this month using space provided by London and County through the Open for Art scheme.

Our new sponsor, award-winning, locally based organic wine merchant Vintage Roots will be inviting you to taste specially selected wines between 6-8pm. jelly are proud to be working again with Vintage Roots, a local business that started in 1984 with a passion for good wine and organic produce, and these values, passion and drive are still as strong today. Neil Palmer, one of the founders and Directors will be sharing his knowledge and expertise.

The Third Thursday is a new monthly event showcasing the creative talent of Reading,  including visual, literary, music and performing arts.  All the events are held in non-traditional arts venues around the town centre, on the Third Thursday of each month. The team behind Third Thursday will be able to tell you more about the future programme and how you can become involved – we have some real treats lined up!

Reading UK CIC is proud to support jelly and Third Thursday.
“We believe that our cultural life is one of the things that makes Reading great. Our town’s energy and our commitment to the arts are just two of the reasons so many people want to live and work here.”

Initially funded from a central government grant, our programme aims to appeal to an audience that might not find the usual “after five” town centre offer relevant to them. While Third Thursday is currently using single venues each month, we intend to broaden the scope to multiple venues in mid 2011

Hopefully see you there
Suzanne, Jo and Justine

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2010 in review

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.

Crunchy numbers

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The average container ship can carry about 4,500 containers. This blog was viewed about 22,000 times in 2010. If each view were a shipping container, your blog would have filled about 5 fully loaded ships.

 

In 2010, there were 25 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 65 posts. There were 100 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 45mb. That’s about 2 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was January 13th with 314 views. The most popular post that day was The end of one era.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were jelly.org.uk, facebook.com, readingcontemporaryartfair.co.uk, twitter.com, and ravelry.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for jelly legged chicken reading, buttons, jelly reading, kirsten jones, and kate kessling.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.

1

The end of one era January 2010
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2

contact us October 2008
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3

jelly shop July 2009
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4

Art Opportunities September 2010
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5

Open For Art November 2009
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Season’s Greetings from the independent arts in Reading



 


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