To all the visitors who came to the Bristol Exhibition this year,
thank you for supporting this event. It certainly is becoming the
place where everyone wants to be, demonstrators, teachers as well as
visitors. We try to make the day interesting with make-and-take and
workshops. Butterflies and owls were the theme this year; always
difficult to judge how long these projects take as some visitors are
so quick and race away and almost finish while other visitors can't
quite get as much done as they would like. But we do our best.
It also was the perfect time to talk to Carl Golder and Lucie Roper
(for those that did not know the publicist now known as Warners
Publications). Parchment Craft Magazine is still the same for us,
just the management has changed. It was a perfect opportunity for
Lucie to say hello and also find out what this lovely craft is all
about and I think we gave her a fair idea. Carl found time to go
around and have a chat as well. Almost all the magazines brought to
Bristol sold out, which was excellent. They still have more back in
the office though!
This year we had more tables and chairs around the show to give you
a break from walking around and somewhere pleasant to sit and see
what you might like to look at next... the crystals, ribbons,
pencils, sticky glue, Tattered Lace dies or stamps and so much more.
That's without the beautiful pattern packs that teachers had
prepared for the show.
The Association of parchment crafters at the entrance was busy with
members and renewed memberships. The Guild also had an excellent day
with new members and memberships.
It was the busiest show yet and it is encouraging to see that
parchment craft is showing an increase in numbers and popularity. I
believe we are growing all the time, especially with the retail
stands and finding out what you would like to see. What I did notice
was several men supporting their wives at Bristol. It is so nice to
see they had obviously driven them to the exhibition and spent the
day carrying all the bags of goodies. A big thank you to them.
We received great compliments about the refreshments and how fresh
they were and how pleasant the caterers were, so I will pass this on
Next Year -
Things we shall rectify next year is a banner of some sort outside
the entrance, which is quite concealed. It's okay when you have been
a couple of times. A few people brought this to our attention.
Another thing is that although I have lists of participants and
their table numbers on the website, there is no list on display at
the entrance, neither are the tables numbered. Lucie has said she
will get the numbers printed for us and maybe next year we can get
them pinned to the corner of each table.
Entrance tickets - I shall try and keep the same prices.
We can do this all over again next year. The date is already set -
Sunday, 21 June 2015 at the Brunel Building , Temple Meads, Bristol.
I was so pleased to meet so many visitors that I have come to know
over the years while arranging these shows. A big thank you to
everyone involved who spent months and months of preparation.
Should you have anything at all that might interest us please get in
touch would love to hear from you.
One thing I have no control over is the car park and what they
charge. That's Bristol City Council!