Sep 262013
 

At the moment I am based at the market which is due to close for renovation (possibly at end of February). Frankly I would rather have a separate art and craft shop / center. I am trying to summarise what that place preferably be like (or not like).

1. Nothing pretentious,  snobby or overpriced.  It’s fine to have some very expensive items but there should be plenty of affordable stuff. Many art and craft places scare off non-arty and not rich people.

2. Not a cold and empty art gallery,  rather a place that looks like a home of somebody who enjoys collecting handmade / one of the kind / weird and wonderful,  enjoys living with eclectic mixture of things.

3. It would be beneficial to have a widest possible range of arts, crafts, vintage, upcycled and antique products for home and fashion.  It should give feeling of entering a cave full of treasures. When people spend long time browsing they are more likely to buy at least something.

4. Space for workshops, demonstrations and meetings.

5. Some space for themed exhibitions.

6. A nice cafe would attract customers.

7. Artists and makers working in real time within some studio space – again,  this would interest people.

8. An outdoor / garden area for displaying outdoor works.

9. Art and craft supplies. People coming for this sort of things would be interested in attending workshops.

It is a very far fetched dream, i know. But I can’t stop dreaming it…

This is a Pinterest board for the dream:

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Sep 112013
 

I wanted a working useful website for the shop, with links to all original products and prints sold from different platforms (Artfire, Folksy, Etsy, Zazzle, CafePress, etc). I don’t think anything like this would be possible with a free DIY site. Fortunately I’ve stumbled upon PIcsity. On the surface it remind Pinterest and Wanelo but has a very appealing feature: the ability to rearrange products within a board. So, here it is. I continuously work on adding new (and old) products to the online shop. Hope you like it!

 

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Aug 152013
 

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Newtown, Powys, Wales.  The historic Market Hall. In this little shop you will be able to buy one of the kind arts and crafts by me (Alexandra Cook aka Linandara) and few other artists/makers. Paintings, drawings, greeting cards, local souvenirs and original folk art from various countries. Little unique things for your and your home. You also can commission many types of artwork here.  Prices will be affordable, everybody are welcome.

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I plan to run parallel offline and online shops so it is not a problem if you live far away.

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Please come and visit us starting Tuesday – especially if you like original art and crafts, creativity, bohemian living, humanist ideals, tribal, fantasy, hippie,  gypsy,  folk, ethnic styles.

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