The Design Trust comes to Cornwall! Are you a creative professional who wants to sell more online? On your own website or on Etsy? Sell more of your wonderful creative products, but also get more commissions or bookings for your craft workshops? To sell more expensive luxury products online?

In this practical one day workshop Patricia van den Akker (creative business adviser and Director of The Design Trust) and Alison Bick (designer and Etsy Captain for Cornwall) will be hosting a practical and lively workshop for creative businesses.

Friday 7th June at the Truro Arts Company : The all day workshop is limited to 25 places, tickets cost £45 and include lunch.

The workshop is aimed at creative businesses who already sell their products and services online.

For more information about Patricia van den Akker, The Design Trust and details of the workshop please follow the link below:


I will be selling lampshades, home textiles, prints and cards at the following events in 2019

The Market, Crantock Village Hall
Saturday 4th May - 9am to 1pm

Trenance Gardens, Newquay
Sunday 19th May 10am to 4pm

Narrative Contemporary Art and Craft Fair
Saturday and Sunday 25th and 26th May 10am to 4pm


I'm going to be selling at the following fairs in the run up to Christmas:

Seaside Saturday
17th November 10am-4pm

Atlantic Blankets

For more details visit:  Seaside Saturday event


Bedruthan Christmas Fair
Saturday 24th – Sunday 25th November 10am-4pm

Bedruthan Hotel and Spa
Trenance, Mawgan Porth,
Newquay, Cornwall

For more details visit:


Etsy Made Local - St Ives
Friday 30th November, 6pm to 9pm   Saturday 1st December 10am to 5pm  Sunday 2nd December 10am to 4pm
Free Entry

St Ives Guildhall
St Ives
TR26 2DS

For more details visit:

Seaside Saturday 17th November at Atlantic Blankets, Perranporth
Bedruthan Christmas Fair Saturday 24th Nov - Sunday 25th Nov 10am to 4pm
Etsy Made Local St Ives, Guildhall Friday 30th Nov 6pm to 9pm, Saturday 1st Dec 10am to 5pm, Sunday 2nd December 10am to 4pm

Workshop 1: Etsy Shop Critique

Get a fresh perspective on how to improve your Etsy shop. A peer review and top tips including branding, SEO, shipping and pricing.

Please send me a link to your Etsy shop after you have booked your place.

Workshop 2: Product Photography / Branding

Techniques on how to take better product photos and create a cohesive brand for your Etsy shop. Bring your camera or smart phone and your laptop/tablet.

Please send me a link to your Etsy shop or Website after you have booked your place.

Workshop 3: Marketing Tools – Mailchimp & Pinterest

Did you know Direct Contact and Following up is the most effective marketing method?

Learn how to use Mailchimp, set up a subscribe form and send out attractive emails to your list of customers.
Learn how to use Pinterest to market your business, and get more mailing list subscribers.

Please bring a laptop/tablet along with you.

Creative Meet Ups:

I've seen a need for small businesses like myself to meet up on a regular basis to chat and share useful information, and so have started organising creative meet ups and invited people who have pertinent knowledge and skills that I think would help creative businesses like myself to come and talk at these get togethers.

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Past Events - Creative Meet Ups:

The events I've organised to date have been :

Product Photography Workshops with Yeshen Venema

Copyright Infringement and Intellectual Property Protection with Jowanna Conboye from Stephen Scown in Truro.

Social Media for Creatives - Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest, with Amanda Williams from WaveMediaUK and Secret Truro.

Creatives Meet Up - Coffee and Chat

As the Team Captain of the Etsy Makers Cornwall team, I organise meet ups with local Etsy sellers in Cornwall.

One Day Marketing Workshop with Patricia van den Akker from The Design Trust

One Day Marketing Workshop with Patricia van den Akker:

Title: One Day Marketing workshop with Patricia van den Akker, Director of The Design Trust

This event took place on Saturday 12th May at the Bedruthan Hotel in Cornwall.

30 creative businesses spent the day learning how to develop effective marketing techniques to get more sales from retailers, online and commissions, and left with the tools to create a marketing plan for their business.

Patricia was funny, clever, educational and most of all, totally inspiring. The energy was physically humming in the room, as lots of marketing ideas and lightbulb moments pinged away! Patricia really does make you think, question and start planning your juicy goals!

If you would like to find out about the online courses and webinars Patricia runs, please visit her website.