Last week Gemma (of Pretty Bobbins) and I drove from Canberra to Bendigo to be a part of Craft Alive‘s Bendigo event. Craft Alive had contacted me back in March to see if I’d be interested in hosting an Instagram Meet Up and I said “H-e-double-hockey-sticks to the yes!”. I was so nervous saying yes to an event like this because I didn’t want to disappoint. I know how important these regional events are, not only for the people that attend but also for the small businesses that exhibit at the events.
The craft industry is a fragile one. Craft is a luxury item and therefore when times are tough often it’s our ability to do crafts that suffer. A lot of the exhibitors travel a fair distance to be a part of an event like Craft Alive and there’s a lot of expensive involved in being able to leave their shops, put their businesses on hold while they’re away and to pay to be out of town. Craft Alive provides these small business owners with an opportunity to get out, make connections with people and is a large portion of their yearly advertising. There’s a lot riding on these events for them.
It’s fabulous that Craft Alive is providing an outlet for regional centres to get access to some of the things that they don’t have in their towns and for which they’d normally have to rely on the internet or go without. So I was conscious of all of this going into the event and I wanted to do all that I could to try and raise the profile of the event and encourage people to get out of their pyjama’s and head into the event….