Our roving reporter Rach McGreal, Illustrator, Bird House Press, attended the Summer Art Market in Liverpool the other weekend, and gives us the lowdown on how the event went for her.
What is the Summer Arts Market?
The Summer Art Market is organised by Open Culture and is a fantastic showcase for artists and creators across Liverpool. Taking place in the stunning venue of St. Georges Hall over two days, visitors are treated to more than 130 different stalls, showcasing the very best arts and craft, with everything from illustration to tableware, jewellery to textiles and everything in between. There is also a vintage fair located in the Heritage Centre, where people can find amazing retro clothing and accessories.
It’s not just for adults though; there is the Craft Lab with the Mad Professors where kids large and small can try their hand at making something. For this fair it was windmills!
How was the Summer Arts Market good for Bird House Press?
I just love attending these events by Open Culture - the Summer and Winter Art Markets are the highlight of my summer and winter months respectively! Each year I am blown away to be part of such a great event, surrounded by so many brilliant artists and makers.
For Bird House Press, this market was all about getting my new designs that I have been working on for the past few months in front of the public and seeing their reactions to what I had done. It’s also about making potential contacts with stockists who are looking for new ranges to have in their own retail spaces.
Of course the main draw is the sheer number of wonderful people who come to these events every year and buy my work. It’s such a buzz knowing someone likes my illustrations enough to part with their hard earned cash!
Did you make sales/ business contacts?
Yes - I was lucky enough to speak to a number of people over the weekend who are interested in looking to stock my new designs in their shops, which is very exciting!
Would you recommend others going?
Most definitely. For stall holders it’s a great event to apply for - its exceedingly well run by all those at Open Culture; they put so much effort into the events to make sure it’s a great experience for all involved. For visitors they are guaranteed a high quality art market - one of the recurring comments I heard from people walking round was just how impressed they were with the sheer quality and variety of items available.
What was the most popular thing you sold?
That’s a tough one, but I think it is a tie between anything that had my new watermelon design on (cards, pocket mirrors, keyrings, bottle openers) and the ‘You’re looking so Fab’ pocket mirror!
We love Bird House Designs at printed.com, and we are thrilled the brand prints its gorgeous greeting cards with us! Rach creates her unique illustrated products with a whimsical and humorous vibe, and they really do just make you smile!
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