From Craft to Career: Create a Business From What You Love

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Have you ever dreamt of ditching the day job and turning your passion for making into a profitable business?

As part of the Forum’s Norfolk Makers’ Festival, the Business & Intellectual Property Centre Norfolk have brought together a group of inspiring local business owners to share their stories and spill the beans on how they’ve created successful enterprises out of the crafts they love.

Our panellists use online platforms like Etsy as well as blogs and social media to build followings and strengthen their brands – making the most of their intellectual property. How did these makers set-up their businesses and what have they learnt along the way? What successes have they had and what did they wish they’d known when they first started?

This free evening talk will be compered by the Forum Trust’s Jayne Evans, the organiser of Norfolk Makers Festival and keen knitter and dressmaker. Guests in the audience are encouraged to ask questions.

We hope this event will inspire more makers to take the plunge, sharing their love of their craft, and their products with a wider audience.


Pippa Pease – Norwich Sewcials

Co-founder of local community sewing and crafting group, Norwich Sewcials, Pippa Peace is on hand to inspire and enthuse her love of dressmaking and sewing. The Norwich Sewcials are once more taking part in the Makers Festival offering a two-day surgery that’s suitable for all abilities.

Carol Robinson – One of a Kind Club

Carol Robinson is a jewellery designer and maker who is passionate about giving people the confidence to just give it a go! Her work focuses on upcycling or reusing materials, and after a long career in advertising she has finally settled on turning her passion for jewellery into a career, launching her own business; ‘One of a Kind Club’

David Shenton – Professional Cartoonist and Illustrator

David’s cartoons have appeared for the past forty years in many British newspapers, journals, zines, t-shirts, bar room walls and even a gravestone in Highgate Cemetery! As fresh and funny as when he first started, he can do biting satire, sarcasm and politics. David is once more involved in the Makers Festival with the Giant Cartoon Challenge with the aim of creating the biggest, longest adventure cartoon in Norwich ever seen…with our help!

Julie Kirkham – Alby Stained Glass

Stained glass artist Julie Kirkham is passionate about keeping the ancient craft of stained glass alive, but with a modern twist. As part of this year’s festival Julie has worked with two of her students to create ‘All the Fun of the Fair’, a working traditional fairground made entirely of stained glass, complete with moving miniature dodgems, a helter-skelter and carousel. Julie has worked as a stained-glass artist for over 30 years now, and as part of her successful business model, offers both tuition and stained glass making workshops.

This event has been organised by the Business & IP Centre Norfolk in partnership with Norfolk Makers’ Festival 2020. Tickets are free, but booking is essential.

Times: 6pm-7.30pm

Price: Free

Where: The Forum Auditorium

To book: Visit