A WEBSITE is cementing Sheffield’s reputation as a pioneer of arts and crafts.
Craft Finder, which brings together leading lights from the creative industry for online shoppers, is making waves across the UK from its beginnings in Sheffield.
The brainchild of city artist Janet Paske has gained praise from the industry and shoppers alike for championing independent retailers – including a wealth of South Yorkshire talent – online.
Sheffield-based silversmith Brett Payne and John Thatcher, a furniture-maker based in Yorkshire Artspace in the city centre have both reaped the benefits of being included on the site at www.craftfinder.org.uk
The site, which uses a postcode search to give consumers a guide on the best products and sellers near to them, has been backed by Arts Council England.
Janet, the director of Craft Finder, which is also based at Yorkshire Artspace on Brown Street, said: “At a time when supporting home-grown talent is increasingly important, Craft Finder helps shoppers buy British through supporting independent retailers, championing the handmade.
“Our selling point is this isn’t a site for craft hobbyists; we only feature makers who are trained professionals.
“We conducted a survey with our makers which revealed almost 80 per cent of them would recommend Craft Finder as a promotional tool – makers like being featured alongside other industry peers at the top of their game and it gives consumers confidence they have found work of the highest calibre.”
“The site also features blogs profiling makers and collectors and upcoming specialist fairs and exhibitions, while a help section offers advice for consumers such as how to commission a bespoke piece.
n Makers and stockists interested in featuring on the site should email firstname.lastname@example.org