A few bits of news regarding Great Northern Events and the Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair
Last Autumn we were involved in the Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair in Manchester. This is run by Great Northern Event who also run a number of other contemporary craft fair as well as a few other events. Unfortunately this year events have been cancelled so, with help from the Crafts Council UK they have come up with a number of new initiatives.
Firstly they have compiled an online – Makers Profile. This covers most of the makers who have been involved in the events over the last few years and acts as a directory with links to the makers website.
The second will be an online market with more details for each maker enabling them to add individual pieces of work. Through links people will be able to buy work from the site. The GNCCF will be live between 25th – 31st of July. More details and promotion to follow.
GNCCFonline will feature the 160 designer-makers who had originally been selected to take part in our 2020 fairs. As ever, they have all been handpicked by a panel of craft experts to ensure the work on sale showcases the best in cutting edge design and beautiful craftsmanship across a wide range of craft disciplines.
For now here is the links to the Makers Profiles and, of course our own profile
Development of products and Etsy revamp news.
I just thought I would do a quick check in this morning. I hope everyone is keeping safe and healthy. We are trying our best to keep busy and are looking at aspects of the business that, for various reasons, have been low on the to do list.
I hoping to continue work on a few products that have been put on the back burner including my forever ongoing Overhead lamp. I’ve got some of the development work at a positive point but it feels like there is loads to go. I generally think products end up much better when you take time to develop them. I tend to have a good few sessions on one and then leave it for a while. When I come back to them I can soon see what bits have worked and what was not good (I was too immersed in it at the time). So, we have a long way to go but hopefully we can creep nearer over the next few weeks. – I’ll keep you updated.
We’ve also been working on our Etsy shop over the last week. It was set up a couple of years ago but had not been our best form of outlet. We had a few sales through it recently so thought it would be worth a bit of time. We will be doing some exclusive promotion through Etsy very soon, so keep your eyes to the ground.
At Mark Lowe we are always trying to be as sustainable as we can. A big part of this is being sustainable with all our packaging. We are always working on how to make our products more sustainable. We know that our customers are not the type of people to buy and then throw away objects after a year or so. Our customers buy our products to last for many years maybe even forever!
When it comes to packaging we want to do the same. Most of our products are posted in some way (see a previous blog on me driving to south Wales for an alternative). We have to make sure that whatever has been ordered will survive the journey, therefore we have to use enough packaging to protect your precious cargo.
We have updated our packaging over the last 6 months and now only use paper packaging for all our products – our shades do come in a plastic bag as this comes from our shade manufacturer. – We have found a good alternative to bubble wrap through a company called Kite packaging which does the job very well. (see picture below).
So, we will continual to work hard and be sustainable with all our packaging. I think we are doing well so far.
New Product – Edie Key Rack
We’re pleased to introduce a new product to our range – The Edie Key Rack
The Edie Key Rack fits perfectly within the Edie range with its personal feature being the choice of coloured acrylic disc.
Keys are simply slotted securely into the channel or on the single hook to hold more.
The Edie key rack is a unique design feature for your kitchen or Hallway. It’s not only practical but will reflect your original and distinctive taste.
– Length 360mm x Width 64mm x Thickness 22mm (100 for hook)
We make each Edie key rack to allow for your choices. Each key rack is lovingly handmade. Please allow 4 weeks for the delivery of your key rack.
FREE DELIVERY IN THE UK but please email us if you are outside the UK.
Wood – Oak – Ash
Discs – Black – White – Green – Red – Blue – Yellow – Orange – Pink
Price – £95
We’re at the Makers Market – The embankment – This Weekend
We’re looking forward to our first time at this event. It’s at The Embankment, Arkwright Street, Trent Bridge NG2 2GR. Free entry and pen between 11am and 4pm.
The Embankment was the old Boots Social Club and is now a pub and venue. The main room we are using is the function room which has a beautiful interior with lots of windows and a real character. There will be many other makers there, all I believe are from the local area.
Tamily Cookson is the organiser – Tamily Cookson Events. She has a great deal to do with local makers and is also part of the creative quarter team based in Sneinton market.
Please come down and have a look around. Come and say hello – mark lowe -and event pop back down stairs for a Sunday pint or even Lunch.
and don’t forget – We’re at the Makers Market – The embankment – This Weekend
We are very please to be featured in Luxury Lifestyle Magazine.
Luxury lifestyle magazine is premium online magazine with an high emphasis on quality and luxury.
‘Luxury Lifestyle Magazine is the ultimate showcase for five-star travel, fine dining, expensive property. We publish quality over quantity as our affluent and high net readership only want to read about the brands and services that deliver on their promises. This is why the vast majority of the hotels, restaurants and consumer brands featured on this website have been road tested by our expert team of writers. Our responsibility is to connect our loyal readers with only the world’s most prestigious companies.’
Luxury Lifestyle magazine were keen to feature our products because they felt it would fit with their ethos as well as focusing on smaller British businesses. They were very keen to showcase our continuing strive for more sustainable products in all the ways we can.
We are very happy with the article and feel it reflects us well. Thank you and we will see more in the future.
Have a read Article
As a follow up to the previous post I did regarding working with Georgia Lloyd photography, I wanted to do another one as we now have the photos and are really happy with them.
We had a great morning taking loads of shots mainly of me in the workshop (and quite a few without me thankfully). Georgia then went away to pick and edit them. She then supplied us with a very large number to use for ourselves. Because we had a good variety of shots it allows us to use them for all different contexts. I don’t feel like we will run out of different shots to use.
So thanks again to George Lloyd photography for her skill and enthusiasm and for providing us with so many amazing shots to use. I have and will enjoy working with Georgia Lloyd Photography
Please go to her website or follow her on Instagram or to our for more shots. I am always happy to recommend her.
Come and Visit Mark Lowe at the Primary Christmas pop up
We are pleased and excited to be part of the Primary Christmas pop up again this year. Based at the Primary Studios on Seely Road, Nottingham this event always attracts a lot of top quality makers. it has become very popular over the last few years with lots of people attending to enjoy browsing, buying, eating and drinking. Each year Universal Works has had a end of stock sale throughout the 2 days. As well as makers there are food and drink sellers that make the highest quality produce. Based in the building are Lane homewares who will have a sale throughout there studio. Alongside them are the award winning Small food bakery who have a café based within the building and specialise in sourdough bread as well as many other treats.
We will be there with all our products. So if you love what we do but have only seen us online or through Instagram come and see the real thing. There will also be 10% off throughout the weekend.
Come along and visit Mark Lowe at the Primary Christmas pop up and experience all of this on Saturday 30th November and Sunday 1st December.
Thank you to Georgia – Georgia Lloyd Photography – for the photo session yesterday.
For a while now we have realised that, although we have some great shots of our product, we have been lacking shots of the process. We realised that we needed some professional shots of the workshop and me at work. We know that the appeal of the products is not just what it looks like but also the story behind it and how it is made. Obviously we are big on ‘made in the UK’, ‘Made locally’ and ‘sourcing our materials in an ethical way’ but we are not getting across the handmade side of the product and the ‘lovingly made’ approach. https://marklowe.co.uk/about/
Georgia was brilliant. We worked well together as I had made a list of the shots needed and she was also able to add her skill and knowledge to the style of shots taken. She took over 400 shots in total and will go away and edit these down to a manageable amount. She will also work on photoshop to edit the chosen one’s. So in the end we will have a really good set of photos we can use on the website and for all sorts of other promotional work.
Thanks again Georgia. We can’t wait to see the results.
We are pleased and proud to have an article about us in the Beestonian magazine. The new addition of The Beestonian. The is a local magazine that’s been running since 2011. The magazine is put together entirely by volunteers. It runs entirely on sponsorship and well-wishers and is also available online.
Thank you to Debra Urbacz for spending time with me and then managing to write an article from what I’d said and putting together such a well written and beautifully presented piece.
We are also please to be part of this magazine because of it’s ethics and real passion for promoting all things local.
The article on line is – https://issuu.com/thebeestonian/docs/beestonian_66?fbclid=IwAR29DKvbgp81NADSwobwUux6a8ktDX1oCJHpUy8gHffDzz-ZKVLcECGqE14
The Beestonian’s web address is – https://beestonian.com/
Enjoy – Mark – http://www.marklowe.co.uk