Shout Out: Brighton Etsy Team & Glug Festival
Can you tell us a bit about Glug?
Glug is a networking (or 'notworking' as they call it) event for all types of creative folk from designers, illustrators, visual arts, fashion, architecture, craft and everything in between.
The main showcase happens in London but they also have events in Brighton, Birmingham, Edinburgh, Nottingham and even New York, Beijing and Auckland. It's a fun and informal way to mingle with other creatives, make new contacts and friends and possibly even find new job opportunities. The event revolves around a series of inspiring talks from a diverse range of industry experts who in the past have included the likes of Why Not Associates, Noma Bar, Anthony Burrill, Airside and Google Creative Labs to name but a few.
As well as inspiring talks at the Brighton Glug meet up last Friday there was delicious food from Street Diner vendors, 3D printing, screen printing, the best photobooth I have EVER experienced, live art, a very pretty bar (lots of neon!) and a pop up market from the Brighton Etsy Team!
How has the Brighton Etsy Team been involved?
For all of us this was our first experience of Glug and we all (the Brighton Etsy Team leaders) thoroughly enjoyed it. We were approached by Crush Creative & Agency Rush who host the Glug event in Brighton and they offered us the opportunity to curate our own pop up showcasing work from the Brighton Etsy Team. The pop up was received very well by the Gluggers and we also made some exciting contacts which could lead to further Brighton Etsy pop ups!
What have you enjoyed most about it?
It was a unique experience to be able to curate and showcase a selection of work to up to 500 people who were all working in a creative industry. We had such an incredible array of diverse work and we were proud to be able to show off how awesome the Brighton Etsy Team members are! Personally I would definitely attend Glug Brighton again as I'd love to be able to check out the talks properly and the photobooth (Photobot) was the most fun and hilarious thing ever (it swore quite a bit).
The Brighton Etsy Team looks like a great community to be part of - can you tell us a bit about it?
The Brighton Etsy Team is awesome! Our team Captain is Karli of jewellery brand designosaur and our team leaders are Toby of I Like Cats, Kirstin Stride, Sarah of Rock Cakes, Claire of Cat-a-Cake Creations and us! (hello DODO). The Team has 600+ members made up of Etsy shop owners based in Brighton and the surrounding towns. Anyone can join, even if you've only just opened your Etsy shop and members can chose to be as active in the Team as they would like to be. Online we have a forum on Etsy where team members can chat and seek advice, plus we have a very active facebook page, twitter, pinterest and blog where you can keep up to date with all the events we have going on.
We hold monthly meetings in Brighton pubs and cafes and also organise free inspirational talks which take place regularly and everyone is welcome to attend (The next one is on 5th August and is about Craftivism). We have also hosted Etsy Craft Parties with over 100 guests attending this year. The Brighton Etsy Team is an amazing supportive community which gives lots of advice for running and growing your Etsy shop and equally an amazing way to make lots of likeminded creative friends.
Do you have any tips for people wanting to get involved with community events/teams?
If you sell on Etsy there are loads of Regional and City Teams, have a search and see if you have one. There is also the Etsy UK & Ireland Seller Support Team where you can chat to other UK based Etsy folk on the forum. If you have a local team that has meet ups or somebody hold talks and events near you (like Glug or the super Crafty Fox Talks) then it might seem a bit daunting to attend at first but it's so important to mingle with other creative people as you'll make awesome friends, be inspired, be spurred on to grow your business, make exciting contacts, get involved in collaborations....all sorts of good things could happen!