But, even if it’s outside your main discipline you can still learn about a wide range of business skills from how best to use Kickstarter, to pricing, marketing and distribution. Designers are available for conversation and can be found near their stands.
Meet Stefano Carisi who launched his business through Kickstarter and hear how he managed to meet the target and raise funds to launch his business. Or, Robyn Hinchcliffe who will share about the curation of her product line and setting up practice which saw her win this years New Designers ‘One Year On Award’.
Tipped to be the iconic designs of the future, the designers have been selected by an independent panel chosen for demonstrating entrepreneurial flair and exceptional qualities in their work.
Curator of the show, Rheanna, founder of Shoreditch based Luna & Curious, comments: ‘I was thrilled to be asked to curate One Year On, especially given that it was the enthusiastic response to my own work at New Designers that encouraged me to establish my own business as a jewellery designer/maker.
This year’s selection for One Year On includes a wonderful mix of traditional craft practices and new technologies, many of the designers have combined heritage and cutting edge ways of making.
However, starting up a design business is not all about being a talented practitioner, it is knowing one’s place in the market, as well as understanding costings and selecting relevant promotion opportunities. These skills are hard to learn and I am proud that at One Year On we can work closely with the exhibitors to support and advise them to ensure they have the best start for their businesses.’
New Designers has worked with many One Year On curators over the years including the Crafts Council, Max Fraser, Thorsten van Elten and more recently Gemma Fabbri.