|crocheted wire and bead beads|
This year I again attended with Jo Hill a member of the Staffordshire Artist Co-operative (Gallery at 12) and an extremely talented textile artist -
I had a list in my head of other sbs winners I really wanted to meet up with, some for the first time, some I meet every year, some to collect ordered items and some to thank for purchases I have made since our last event. As always I left not having met up with everyone I had hoped and happily meeting others who I will now hunt out again next year.
|Jo Hill and Marika Rauscher|
|With Klair Ward and Rachel Wright|
|with Carole Renshaw and Jo Hill|
|with Sharon Marshall and Liz Evans|
|with Fran Gubbay|
Once in the main hall we continued with our networking over more tea, coffee or something from the bar, Jo and I were joined at this stage by Carole Renshaw who arrived just in time as Theo Paphitis was shortly to take to the stage - After hearing from the sbs sponsors it was time for what we were all waiting eagerly to hear, the latest sbs news from Theo Paphitis and all - and wow what news!
The announcement of an sbs shop which will soon be up and running, thanks to sbs winner Joanne Smedley of Red Herring Games and Mark Childs of Ryman for getting this organised - Am I interested?.. oh boy yes! I was considering re-opening my Etsy shop this year but now I shall hold on and see what happens over the next few months instead.
After hearing all the other sbs news we broke for lunch and more networking before we all sat down again for Question Time and this years Theo Paphitis was joined by Mike Pickles - 'Really Useful Products and Holly Tucker - 'Not On The High Street' what an inspirational panel, some brilliant questions and answers.
When Question Time was over the first timers all lined up for their photo - while Jo and I continued catching up with more people before saying our goodbyes, collecting our goody bags and heading home.... and what a journey that was - a half hour journey that took almost 2 hours - but that's another story!
Another fantastic day - thank you Theo Paphitis and Ryman for inviting me and for all the hard work you put into this, it is always a highlight of my year! looking forward to seeing you all again in 2017