Barmy meets crafty – with positive results!

January 14, 2015

Barmy met crafty in a Barnsley cafe on Tuesday – and the outcome was a good night all round!

Barmy owner Eve Lodge was delighted to attend her first Barnsley Crafty Business Networking event at the Oak Star Cafe, adjacent to The Civic.

Eve (pictured below) took along a member of her BB team – her nannan(!) – and met up with a number of like-minded crafts business owners, as well as craft makers who pursue their passion as more of a hobby.



The ‘CraftyBiz’ events were initially launched late last year by local graphic designer Steph Cronin.

At each ‘Crafty Biz’ meeting, local crafts makers and business owners are invited to get together for a chat, share ideas and listen to guest speakers.

Tuesday’s guest speaker was Keith Evans, the Managing Director of Cidaco, a specialist training and consultancy company that help creative organisations achieve resilience and growth.

At 16 years of age Eve was the youngest member of the group:

She said: “It was lovely to meet up with so many interesting people, who are so passionate about what they do.

“They made me feel very welcome and I would recommend anyone interested in arts and crafts – or just great conversation – to come along to the next meeting in February.”

As well as CraftyBiz founder Steph, Jason White, owner of arts and music website Alternative Barnsley, guest speaker Keith Evans and of course Eve and her nannan(!), the other attendees were:

Liz Paton (Tarnished Studios), Sandra Hill (One is A Pawfect Fit), Amy Law (Amy Law Photography), Sigourney English (freelance artist who is currently in her thir year at University, studying Interdisciplinary Art and Design), Lynn Barker (a textile artist who is with Sigourney doing her third year of Interdisciplinary Art and Design at University),  Jennifer Rose (who creates and sells crystal jewellery and crystal wrapping, as well as making rag rugs), Hanna Elizabeth (HE Fashion), Julie Pratt (jewellery maker and silversmith),  Trish Evans (Spirit Original Designs), Pamela Hopkinson (Social Media Solutions UK), Tracey Mawson (a ceramic artist) and Tracey Johnson (Enterprising Barnsley).