server change

So here we are on the other side! I’m very relieved that it seems largely to have worked. Following the subsuming of my former web host into a larger company, I was increasingly unhappy with the way things were operating so decided it was time for a change. It’s never straightforward, though, and there are still one or two things I haven’t managed to set up over here, so apologies for any clunking and creaking while I try and sort those out.

In other webby developments, I have decided to start a new Twitter account. The new account is @BonnyClaith and I’ll be using it to promote weaving events I’m involved in — like the forthcoming Open Studios, of course — and other textile things I find interesting. It will also be the account which is linked to this blog, so new posts will be announced there. My @callybooker account will still be me — and still interested in weaving — but will also continue to feature cats, meals and cups of tea in quantities which more single-minded Twitter users may find annoying… Of course, blog posts may include this type of content as well, but if you really can’t bear it then you probably aren’t reading this blog anyway.

In non-webby news, the Perthshire Open Studios brochures are here!

My sharp-eyed mother spotted that on the back cover there is a little sliver of one of my scarves… can you see it?

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4 Responses

  1. Charlotte Engstad
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    The brochure looks great, and I can see your scarf! Open studios seems like a great way of marketing and selling. I’m curious, how is it organized? By the county, by an artist council/craft society or by the artists themselves?
    Greetings, Charlotte
    PS: Thank you for your comment on my blog!

    • Cally
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      It’s something that has been spreading around the UK and each region has its own way of organising. However, there is usually some funding from local government and/or enterprise agencies as well as contributions from each artist who takes part. And then a steering committee makes “stuff happen” such as collating the brochure, maintaining the website, keeping everyone informed and so on — the committee is mainly drawn from participating artists but might also include someone from local government who has an events management role. This is the first time I have taken part and I am impressed at how hard the committee work to pull it all together!

  2. Meg in Nelson
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    The most memorable, when I was on Twitter, was the young (??) man eating breakfast cereal on the evening train. And many instances of the train being late… :->

    Cally, do you and your mother pay to take part in the open studios??

    • Cally
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      Yes, everyone pays a fee. I forget exactly how it is structured, because it is based on how much space and how many listings you want in the brochure. E.g. You might exhibit as a group and have just one brochure slot but several names listed in the index, or you might be an individual on your own — or sharing with your mother! I think I paid £90 for brochure slot plus index listing. But that is just Perthshire; I’ve no idea what the rates might be elsewhere. What we get for that are the publicity materials, road signs, etc and the shared marketing effort. We also had a half day course on marketing our own studio. And for another fee of £10 I can participate in the “showcase exhibition” which includes a piece of work from every participating artist, if they want to join in. So £100 total for the nine day event.

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