Craft Industry Specialist, Founder of The Maker Edit, Co-Founder of Make, Do & Begin and Goldsmiths Entrepreneur in Residence.
I have worked within the culture industry for over 6 years, and specialised within the craft sector. After noticing some key issues within the industry, I conducted an extensive research project into maker entrepreneurs working in the UK retail market. I am now on a mission to support maker entrepreneurs build their businesses and give them the tools and resources they need to stand out.
THE MAKER EDIT
I am the founder of The Maker Edit, which was created from a lack of support for craft makers choosing to enter the retail market. We provide downloadable resources tailored for maker entrepreneurs and will be continuing to grow with events and community programmes in the future.
MAKE, DO & BEGIN
I am the co-founder of Make, Do & Begin with Beki Gowing. Working collaboratively with higher education institutes, we host creative careers and enterprise workshops, panel discussions and talks.
CONSULTANT & COACH
I have extensive experience supporting creative start-ups, working freelance within companies supporting SMEs in developing their skills within entrepreneurship as they build their maker businesses.
CULTURE INDUSTRY RESEARCH
2016 - 2018
MA CULTURE INDUSTRY GOLDSMITHS UNIVERSITY OF LONDON
After working in the craft sector for several years I noticed issues and trends in the industry, which inspired me to conduct a research project within a masters degree in the Culture Industry. For my dissertation I travelled to different cities in the UK and interviewed independent boutiques, on their experience of working with maker entrepreneurs, to work towards the topic of Routes to Retail: The Changing Landscape of Craft Retail in the Digital Age.
The Maker Edit is the result of my research which aims to provide practical actionable support to maker entrepreneurs in their career ambitions. I am continuing my research through The Maker Scale a research project focusing on craft makers within the retail market.