'Creative Practitioners are often labelled as hobby / lifestyle business (and yes those types of business do exist), we want to get across that you have to be driven and to be strong; as we are not just a business, we create our own product innovation and put our name to it – we are determined. We work hard and have to invent ways to not just sustain our business but to grow them in challenging times. Creating and valuing in a different way.'
The first Creative Twinning event that I will be part of will be taking place on Friday October 26th at Nottingham Contemporary. It's called 'Inspire and Unite' - an eco-design showcase of the creative work on from Debbie, Hannah and Jayne, whose work you can see below...
|Textiles by Debbie Bryan|
|Hannah Lobley's recycled paper|
|Work by JC Middlebrook|
As well as their own work, three designers from Karlruhe will be exhibiting, the group of designer-makers who attended Eunique in 2012 and also the newest members of Creative Twinning from Design Factory, of whom I am one!
As well as the opportunity to admire this gorgeous selection of work which will be displayed downstairs in The Space at Nottingham Contemporary, there will be the chance to meet and mingle with students and tutors from South Notts College to find out how the next generation of creatives is being inspired by such collaborative projects, and you can network with some of Creative Twinnings Business Partners as well as an array of top local innovators and businesses. There will be a couple of talks about Creative Business in the City and there's also live music from Georgie Rose. So it should be a great day. Come and join us if you can!!
Creative Twinning Founder Members said 'We want to demonstrate to overseas visitors the potential of creative Nottingham and East Midlands, to show that creative practitioners have their place within the city deal, we want to raise the profile of this exciting project by liaising with other designers & key supporting partners here in Nottingham and overseas and to promote and develop creative business in our fantastic city and abroad!'