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    Scratching my head to write a new advertising blurb for my up and coming Craft Fairs - what do we call ourselves - Crafts people ?? Crafters?? Craft workers (ukk!)??
    Liz
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  • #2
    Im a Crafter
    Sarah

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    • #3
      I'm an artist darlink ...........

      ( i wish,lol, i'm a crafter )
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      • #4
        For my two bob's worth I reckon it's 'Crafters'.

        Fair Do's!

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        • #5
          How about going all posh and call yourself an ARTISAN.
          Myself, I prefer crafter

          cheers
          JOHN
          www.jbwoodcraft.co.uk

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          • #6
            You could always enphasise your ad by saying "Genuine Arts and Crafts People". An awful lot of crafters are also artists and succeed in both fields.
            Carol
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            • #7
              I like Critchley's idea. I like being called a crafter, much nicer than any other name I've been called in my lifetime
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              • #8
                What about throwing the word designer in there too? The vast majority of crafters do design their own work, and it seems like a word that instantly makes it seem a bit more upmarket (if that's what you're aiming for?)
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                • #9
                  I dont think Artisan is "too posh" if it is relevant to the person/products..:

                  An artisan (from Italian: artigiano) is a skilled manual worker who crafts items that may be functional or strictly decorative, including furniture, clothing, jewelry, household items, and tools. The term can also be used as an adjective to refer to the craft of hand making food products, such as bread, beverages and cheese.
                  Manufacture by hand and with hand tools imparts unique and individual qualities to artisanal products, in contrast to mass produced goods where every one is nearly identical.

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                  • #10
                    Yes - we do ourselves down too much! There's nothing wrong with putting on a professional image.

                    Crafter is fine, but for me it has connotations of a hobbyist rather than a professional.

                    If we want to change the public's perception of craft fairs (and that's another debate!), perhaps we should be looking at the language we use to promote them?
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                    • #11
                      Personally I think "crafts" and "crafters" has a kind of tired ring to it. A bit '90s maybe.
                      How about designer/makers?
                      Marion
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                      • #12
                        Great advice as usual - thanks all! I am definitely trying for the up market feel.
                        Liz
                        http://www.soapiehandmadesoaps.com
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                        • #13
                          It's a Hard One....

                          ......I've talked myself around in circles over this one.

                          This year we need new banners for our fairs and I cannot decide what to have on them. In previous years we've used the word 'Artisan' and were asked why we didn't have cabinet makers or any furniture.

                          We're leaning towards Designer or Artisan Arts & Crafts, with handmade featuring in there largely too.

                          It stops me sleeping at night if I let it!

                          Jules
                          Last edited by Apple Tree Crafts; 13-05-2009, 08:41 PM. Reason: spelling
                          Apple Tree Crafts
                          www.appletreecraftfairs.com

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                          • #14
                            "hand crafted fair" ?? or is that too close to "handicrafts and connotations of the Day Centre??

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                            • #15
                              If you are doing an ad to cover a variety of crafts people then you need to make sure that the term you use isn't specific to one type of craft. I love the word artisan but not sure it would encompass everybody, and neither would designer. I do sometimes feel however that crafters sounds a little cheesy and old fashioned. So I'm not much help at all!!!!
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