I’ve decided to join in with the #MakerSupportPledge on Instagram. If you’ve not heard about this yet, then read on.
The #MakerSupportPledge is an offshoot from the #ArtistSupportPledge – an initiative set up by Sussex-based artist Matthew Burrows, which is offering a self-sustaining lifeline to an ever-expanding number of fellow artists across the world.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many artists around the world have found themselves without work, teaching, technical support, gallery work, exhibitions and because of this, sales have disappeared. In an attempt to help alleviate some of this stress @matthewburrowsstudio has instigated the #artistsupportpledge whereby artist pledge to post work for sale, up to the value of £200. Once they make £1000 of sales they pledge to spend £200 on wok by another artist using the hashtag.
Crafts Council soon after introduced the #MakerSupportPledge with a slightly lower threshold, more realistic to individual makers. The idea again is simple – makers, like myself, post images of their work on Instagram that they are willing to sell up to the value of £200. For every £500 of work sold, they pledge to then spend £100 on the work of another maker using the hashtag.
So as of today I will be posting up pieces for sale on my Instagram feed. These will also get posted to my new Facebook page a little later. At the same time I will also be adding the products to my online shop, so that the purchasing process is simple. I would hate to miss any Direct Messages from people wanting to buy as I’m busy home-schooling at the moment and not glued to my phone.
Instead, I’m trialling a scheduling app called Planoly to help me get the posts organised and uploaded daily… So far so good. New products will be added daily, and to find out what I’m selling either visit my Instagram feed, my new Facebook page or visit the #MakerSupportPledge category in my online shop.
You don’t have to be a maker to support this initiative. Anyone can support it by purchasing the items listed and help individual makers reach their target of £500 sales.
To start things off I’ve added some work that you’ve probably not seen before. Some beautiful emerald green sea glass rings and a beautiful one off brooch. I hope the images within this post have whet your appetite. Visit my online shop to find out more…