Make it Up North 2013

Make it Up North

Exactly one week ago I was standing in the beautiful Guildhall in York participating in the pilot show for Make it Up North conceived by the brilliant team behind The Arts Market UK.

Almost 50 exhibitors, carefully chosen for the quality and originality of their work, workshops and artists talks – such a great event and one that I very much hope to show at again.

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I arrived to set up at the event on the Friday morning – over the moon to see that they had used one of my images for the show leaflet (all 40,000 of them!) and was so grateful that my dad and step mum had travelled down from Scotland for a weekend break and to help me out – 3 day shows are hard work and an extra pair of hands (or two) are very much appreciated.

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So the weekend mainly consisted of

~ chatting to the Lord Mayor of York about my work

~ meeting Cliff Wright (the illustrator behind the wonderful Harry Potter book covers) and acting like a complete dork I was so delighted to meet him

~ meeting and chatting with regular customers and fans who are so generous in their comments and appreciation of my work

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~ meeting new fans of my work and hearing how much my work ‘resonates’ with them

~ realising that more than anything my work has become about ‘connection’ – connecting with my own stories and the stories of others – connection and resonance (love those two words)

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~ selling more cards, prints and small originals than I could ever have anticipated at a brand new show

~ giving a talk to the public about the ideas  and inspiration behind my new body of work ‘We all Cast Shadows’ (more about that in the next post)

~ tea and cake at Betty’s (twice no less!)

~connecting and conversing with other artists and makers. the organisers and everyone else I met over the weekend.

~ feeling again ever so grateful (so grateful) that I have somehow found myself doing this as my life’s work.

PS you can have a wee preview of some exciting upcoming news that I shall chat about in my next post here at this blog.

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