We have had a very exciting year at MakeArt! It has been the first full year of our new company, which began with the closure of the Exeter shop in September 2014. We’ve really found our feet as a business now, and are looking forward to great things in 2016! What’s more, we have made something even more special… there’s a MakeArt baby on the way too!
The best thing about running the business has been getting out and about for events, because it means we get to meet lots of new people face-to-face, which is something we really miss since we’ve been online. 2015 saw us trying lots of new events, as well as visiting some old favourites from 2014. We’ve picked a few highlights to share with you.
Did we meet you at one of these events? Let us know in the comments!
April: Honiton Beehive
In April we returned to the Beehive, a fab, brand new Community Centre in Honiton. Honiton is our home town since leaving Exeter, so it’s always a pleasure to exhibit here, and see some of our regular home crowd. Thanks as always go to Lynn, David, Sylvia and the whole team for putting on a wonderful event which gets better every time.
May: Sidmouth Donkey Sanctuary
One of East Devon’s most visited attractions is the Donkey Sanctuary at Sidmouth. The team there do a lot of great work rescuing donkeys from all over the world and and caring for them at their lovely base amongst the rolling pastures above the coast. This was our second time at the Donkey Sanctuary and it was a pleasure to return.
May: The Lawrence Centre, Wells
Based in Wells, the Lawrence Centre is a respite care establishment for people suffering from Dementia. We attended a fundraising fair and met some of the locals who use these facility, and it was a very touching experience for us. Simon wrote a blog post about the day back in May. We hope we can help the Lawrence Centre more in the future.
May: Dartmoor Zoo
May was a busy month for us! We attended our first two-day event at Dartmoor Zoo, where our Decopatch animals met some of their real-life counterparts. Dartmoor Zoo is a wonderful place to visit, and we managed to find the time to meet lots of the animals too. We definitely hope to return!
June: Lyme Regis Shopping Fair
Venturing over the border into Dorset, we spent a day at the seaside in Lyme Regis. Some of the early morning joggers were surprised to see a giraffe at the beach!
November: St. John’s International School, Sidmouth
November saw us set up shop for the Christmas Fair at St. John’s School, in the rather grand setting of the chapel. Artie made himself at home on the stage, while we were serenaded by the choir. It was a pleasure to work with all of the staff, and special mention has to go to the very polite and friendly pupils.
December: Ruby Country Market
In Early December, we revisited a great market in Hatherleigh, near Okehampton, called the Ruby country market. It takes place at a huge livestock market and there are what feels like hundreds of different stalls, selling just about anything you could think of. If you’ve never been, we thoroughly recommend you do next year!
Happy New Year!
Well, that’s been our year in summary! We hope you have had as exciting a year as us, and wish you all very well for 2016 and beyond!