If you follow me on Instagram you might already have seen some of the March Meet the Maker prompts I’ve been posting recently! If you’re not familiar with the Meet the Maker challenge here’s how founder Joanne Hawker describes it:
#MarchMeetTheMaker is a 31 day Instagram Challenge, set by Joanne Hawker (and solely Joanne!) that runs throughout March every year. But it’s more than just a challenge, it’s a creative community that comes together to show people what they can do. It’s about building each other up, making new connections, telling your small business story, growing your confidence (and Instagram following) and most importantly, it’s about putting yourself out there.Joanne Hawker
Although Instagram is still my favourite social media platform, I have been finding it much more noisy lately and so I hope that joining in with this challenge will help bring me back to what I first loved – the creativity and connection with other makers and creators.
I’m only one week in but the challenge has certainly helped me find some inspirational new accounts to follow and I’ve already been chatting away to some lovely makers! I’m really enjoying it so far and plan to keep up with as many of the posts as I can for the rest of the month. Here’s what I have shared so far:
Brand Introduction – a shot of my monster postcards as an introductory “hello”!
Style – colour, colour and a bit more colour, with a bit of cute and some inky fingers thrown into the mix too.
Beliefs and Values – this was an interesting prompt for me! I focused on what’s important to me in my creative process: light-hearted play, experimentation and a hands-on, hand-made approach.
On your desk – my initial reaction to this prompt was that no-one needs to see the mess and chaos that is my desk. Really. So I picked a little section of my desk to feature rather than sharing my full messiness. This is my Things To Do Next corner where projects and new art materials wait for me to play with them.
Newest make – this is what I am working on at the moment, testing out a colouring sheet I made from a floral sketchbook page.
I’m really enjoying being part of a wider community of makers out there who are sharing their work, their methods and in some cases their blindingly tidy desks. (How?!) If you’re interested in finding some new accounts and enjoying lots of handmade goodness check out the #marchmeetthemaker hashtag for some lovely talented makers. The challenge has been running for a few years now so there’s a hashtag specifically for this year’s posts: marchmeetthemaker2021. It’s also not too late to join in yourself (you can dip in and out as you want!) so if you fancy playing along too all the information you need, including the daily prompts, can be found over on Meet The Maker.