Supporting makers: Shop local
I hope that one positive outcome of this pandemic time will be a re-evaluation of our shopping habits. Our spending habits have certainly changed lately, whether that’s from a financial or ethical point of view. Our everyday purchases were curtailed by quarantine and much of our shopping moved online whilst we reassessed what’s really important to us.
As restrictions lift further, can our new habits turn into lifelong lifestyle changes? Will those precious outgoings be redirected to supporting local retailers and artists?
It’s not just our shopping habits that have changed; our activities have had to be adapted as we were unable to get together in larger groups. So perhaps we’ll continue to opt for smaller activities that give great pleasure – valuing meaningful experiences over possessions.
I hope the trend of supporting smaller, independent retailers and artists will increase further as we have all suffered significantly during the pandemic. As we navigate the ‘new normal’ will conspicuous consumption become a thing of the past? I’m sure not for some people who can’t wait to get back into their old retail therapy but perhaps some will consider how we affect those around us and focus on the new essentials.
Even when shops were closed, there was a desire to shop locally and support local businesses, perhaps because people had a little more time to investigate and research online options away from the biggest retailers. This move also fits with the sense of community that has grown stronger during the crisis.
Not being able to run workshops with as many people as before and losing income from larger bookings has hit Artistic ReTreats hard but the business is evolving with a larger online presence and a new variety of products (have you seen my Etsy shop of beach towels, flip flops and mugs with designs of my Powertex artwork printed on them?! Check it out here).
I was desperate to re-open, both in terms of revenue and to share in the joy at what people create during the workshop. But I’ll build up slowly, with a maximum of just 2 people per workshop at present and allow plenty of time between to clean down and prepare for the next one.
For those people who believe it’s important to support the artistic community, I’m delighted to be exhibiting and demonstrating at the South Northants Art Trail from 3-11 October at Forge Coffee in Culworth. I’ll be joined by Lizzie Coulter, painter and jewellery maker and will be doing demonstrations with Powertex every day at this new Trail venue.
10% DISCOUNT OFF ARTISTIC RETREATS POWERTEX WORKSHOPS
IF BOOKED AT THE SOUTH NORTHANTS ART TRAIL.
With 37 artists exhibiting at 13 venues, find out more about the 2020 South Northants Art Trail at Artsfirstname.lastname@example.org.