December 3rd – Artisan-ing elsewhere

So as a member of the Purbeck Artisan Yard I do duties each month. My December duties have been fitted around my Artisans on the Beach commitments. I started this morning by posting for the Beach about whose huts would be open today. One of our aims this year is to be mindful that visitors wanting to know which hut is open and when so that they do not have a wasted journey. So we are addressing this in two ways.

Each artisan has completed a schedule of their opening times and I am producing a neat version of each which will be printed and laminated, then stuck outside every hut. Not all of our customers are on social media so we need a more immediate way to check too.

On our social media accounts I am then going to post daily about which huts are open or are weekends if any huts will not be open. We have already had feedback to some of the Artisans about the event pre publicity and how the profiles on Facebook and Instagram have attracted them to visit as there are products they are interested in. The profiles that we have run already will be added to across the event too.

I am going to share my profile as an example.

So each profile follows a common format. It would identifies the artisan, their hut and then I have used the text from their application and edited it into the third person. For some profiles as contacted people to add some additional information. The text is accompanied by photos submitted and in some cases images I found researching them online.

My profile includes pictures of me from previous event as my outfits are part of how I attract attention to my own work but to the event as well.

In the weeks running upto the event I produced a profile daily for 36 Artisans so it has been a big commitment to follow through on.

My day at the Artisan Yard was reasonably quiet, but I worked on admin for the beach event and also did more work on wooden boxes which I will feature in a separate post showing the range of items I am producing to try and get original artwork out there in the community.

Tomorrow is also a day off for the first two weeks and officially is a non artisan day but will also include buying more frames,preparing items for Wednesday when I shall be back on the seafront.

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