The nostalgia of industrialisation? Photo by Lewis Hine
Making isa. The act of one that makes.b. The process of coming into beingc. The means of gaining success or realizing potentiald. The abilities or qualities needed for development.
The realities of making now. Photo by Matt Biddulph
For half of makers (50%), craft was a secondcareer.88% of makers are sole traders.
Net profits remain modest and a significantminority of makers feel they lack the generalbusiness skills they need to grow, especially inmarketing.Craft sales remain locally focused, with limitedexports.
Makers reported moderate declines in their mainselling channels, especially gallery and exhibitionssales, and a shift towards online sales, though thesewere still relatively small.Around 30% of makers were selling through theirown website, but only 3% were selling throughsocial media.
Making in the UK should meana. Helping businesses digitise their servicesb. Helping businesses sell onlinec. Encouraging local platforms (Folksy)d. Using the UK as a step to Chinae. Enable new makers to meet manufacturers
Making in the UK should meanf. We need to rethink academia / training for makers.g. We need to leverage our creative industriesj. We need to rethink how we engage with digital products & platforms.