This market was set up by Sheena Holland who runs a vintage shop in the Blacksmith's Yard which is where the market sets up the first Saturday of every month. Sheena has been working incredibly hard to advertise the market and get the word out there, and she's done a fantastic job!
The nerves began as soon as I woke up so by the time I set off to the market I was a bit of a mess. I just couldn't shake the feeling it was going to be yet another failure, and when you love what you do every failure feels so much harder to take. Once I'd set up and had a little chat with the lady on the stall next to me I felt calmer, the sun was shining too and it was set to be a wonderful day. If things didn't go to plan at least I would enjoy a day out in the fresh air and get a little sun after weeks of being inside working.
I'm pleased to say it went really really well, I not only covered my stall (which I didn't even manage at previous craft fairs!), I made money! Everyone was so positive and it was lovely to hear what people thought about my work. I met a local photographer who is going to help me get some fantastic product photos, chatted to other artists and illustrators, was invited to another craft fair and even gained another stockist! So all in all one a brilliant day, I can't wait for the next one!
My stall on the day
Some of the personalised children's prints I took