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Guest Blogger! Michelle from Craftsville!

Read on for some excellent tips on getting your products noticed!

Hello! My name is Michelle. I am deeply in love with the following things: americana, burlesque, craft, drawing and embroidery and the fifties. There are many other things I also love but if I carry on like that we will be here all day!

I have a long and varied background in the indie craft world, from starting the first UK based Craft Mafia group in Leeds to being invited to represent the UK at Craft Congress, the first international gathering of independent craft fair organizers where I got to meet some of the amazing crafters who had always been a great inspiration to me, such as Faythe Levine, of Handmade Nation fame, and Jenny Hart of Sublime Stitching

I recently set up a website called craftsville which is dedicated to showcasing and celebrating high quality yet quirky independent art, craft, design and creativity in the UK and beyond.

Craftsville is the culmination of a whole lot of thought and planning over a few years and I’m really proud of it and the lovely response we have received to date from the crafting community. I was able assisted by my fabulous friend Helen Entwistle who did all the lovely illustration for the site and who also contributes the occasional post to the site too. You should check out her lovely website Hello Memo

I have also recently starting writing for Domestic Sluttery, and am a regular monthly contributor at Sew Hip magazine

So, when I am cruising the internet looking for lovely things to feature on craftsville or Domestic Sluttery, what kind of thing catches my eye?

Top of the list, as I am sure you will imagine, is your product images. Always, always make sure you have beautiful images of your products as catch my eye! craftsville is a very visual site so this is always going to be one of the most important things for me.

I am sure it goes without saying that the best images are always well lit and in focus, but I would recommend that you have at least one product image that has been taken against a plain coloured background, preferably white. These type of images always work particularly well for our Good Finds posts, where we handpick a number of items. Here is a pretty darn good example from Sarah Waterhouse’s shop:

And please, please, please let me see your item from different angles, I want to see it from the front, back, side and even inside if appropriate! I can’t actually pick it up and have a good nosey so the easier you make it for me to do that through the medium of photography then the happier a little bunny I am!! A perfect illustration can be found by looking at this rather lovely Dandelion Teapot from Lou Peajeux Illustration.

Although, it should be said that in contradiction to pretty much everything I just said, if you can create a fabulous set design to show off your item then go for it and show me a picture of that too! Sometimes it is that creativity that will draw me in to look further! I love what Mengsel have done here with their Moka Express tea towel

Moving away from photography, some other little things that catch my eye include an imaginative product name and a friendly description that provides me with everything I need to know, including the dimensions.

The last tip I would give is to be sure to think about how people will be searching for your products. For example when I am searching for Good Finds I might be searching according to colour, to a theme, for a specific type of object or sometimes even a mixture of these things.

So I think I have probably wittered on for long enough now. Just to let you know I love to hear from folk so please don’t feel shy to drop me an email or find me on twitter and say hello. As well as constantly being on the lookout for fabulous art and craft to feature, I am always happy to hear from people who may want to share a tutorial with our readers or have a super fab workspace that deserves showing off.

craftsville | www.craftsville.co.uk

Domestic Sluttery | www.domesticsluttery.com

Sew Hip| www.sewhip.co.uk

twitter | @alabamacupcakes or @craftsville

Thanks Michelle!  We’d love to hear your comments about this fantastic website – more great tips from the top coming soon to the Folksy Blog!

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9 comments

Chasing Beads August 12, 2010 - 8:18 am

Fantastic – I’m trying to improve on these skills at present so always good to see that is what someone is looking for :)

Nichola (miss frekkles) August 12, 2010 - 9:30 am

Nice to hear from someone who is out there looking for good handmade items and exactly what they are looking for…as always great product images (at least I know my countless hours behind the camera aren’t time wasted and hopefully I get better) Great post :)

Lara Humpherys, Poppyfields Design August 12, 2010 - 11:03 am

Great post!

SparrowPrimitives August 12, 2010 - 12:49 pm

Very interesting reading. Thank you for sharing :)

Victoria August 12, 2010 - 1:08 pm

Looks like a great site, hope your successful with it!

Mollimoo August 13, 2010 - 6:40 am

Fantastic post, thanks Michelle! Lovely site too x

Michelle August 23, 2010 - 1:19 pm

Thank you all for the lovely comments! Sorry for my tardiness in responding – I was away in Las Vegas getting married!!

Please do keep in touch with us at craftsville – let us know about your products, events, exhibitions etc – always happy to hear from you!

Michelle x

Hilary August 23, 2010 - 2:08 pm

Congratulations Michelle!

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