Travelling Arts & Crafts Show

Social media is perfect outlet for travel writing. It is also the perfect format for the rest of us to live vicariously through the experience of others who are more adventurous, or who have more free time and money, than the rest of us.

While loading my family into a sailboat for a year long circumnavigation of the globe is not feasible, following travels on Facebook, or reading a blog will be the next best thing.

Social media, in many forms gives us a chance to share the experiences. Facebook pages, photos shared on Instagram and daily tweets are perfect for quick and easy publishing.

Originally travel writers published in periodicals, or wrote books when the adventure was over. That means the trip is viewed as a whole, instead of the capturing the spontaneity and excitement of day-to-day journaling.

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Mary Jane Makes blog.

So, imagine my enthusiasm when I stumbled onto the Mary Jane Makes blog! It is an inspiring story of creative Mary Jane Baxter,  a milliner and author, converting a camper van into her makeshift studio. In 2016, she headed out on the road around Europe, visiting crafty destinations and blogging about the trip.This crafty mobile business provides a perfect jumping off point for Mary Jane to meet other crafts people, create visibility for herself and her creative endeavours and to live a great adventure. The blog links to her web page which offers much more information; products for sale, upcoming events and more.


My background is also in the ‘maker’ businesses, with a degree in fashion design, a few good gigs at fashion and craft shows, and, for a short time, owner of a store that sold arty stuff. I continue to explore printmaking, textile arts, and knitting. I am feeling like my horizons have been broadened, and that my possibilities are endless.

This also reminds me of the Arts and Crafts movement, which according to Wikipedia “began in Britain and flourished in Europe and North America between about 1880 and 1920, emerging in Japan in the 1920s. It stood for traditional craftsmanship using simple forms, and often used medieval, romantic, or folk styles of decoration.”

Perhaps one day, with my new found social media confidence, I will be able to create a “travelling arts and crafts maker” tour of my own. I’ll be able to share it online, publishing as I go, generating interest in my products and finding fulfilment in creative expression!

 Next topic:  Through my reading and online researching, I am finding more and more arts and crafts travel opportunities. Getaways to an English Knitting Hotel, tours to France that include 2 day paper making classes, and getaways to art studios where participants come home with paintings, or sculptures are all on offer.  Stay tuned for more!

References: Arts and crafts movement


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