Upcoming Fairs Autumn/ Winter 2019

So following on from last week’s post (which I had actually written a few weeks earlier) it seems a great time to update you about the fair appearances I will be making over the coming months. I spoke about how I had applied for 20 fairs, been rejected from 8 and accepted to two. Since then I have looked at some more applications, and got a fair few more rejections. Happily though, I now have a chocca fair line up to take me through until Christmas.  


28th- Sheffield Craft and Flea. Back once again with their last Sheffield market of the year I will be in the beautiful Sheffield Cathedral. I will be alongside talented makers and purveyors of vintage fashion and finds. I’ll be bringing lots of locally inspired prints along.


18th- Levenshulme Market.  I’m taking a little break at the beginning of the month to celebrate mine and my other half’s birthday but will be making my debut at Levy Market. It’s their Pumpkin Party Night and I’ll be bringing plenty of spooky finds including my brand new enamel badge. 

26th- I had such a brilliant time at the Manchester Print Fair in February! I am ecstatic to now be part of their Spooky Print Fair at the Hat Works in Stockport. You’ll probably find me spending all my takings at the other fab stalls. So come along and keep your eyes peeled if you want to catch me there!


9th- Design 44, Intu Derby. I am currently stocking in both the Design 44 store on Sadler Gate and their shiny new pop up in the Intu shopping centre too. I will be running a pop up in store thus November. I’ll mainly be promoting Christmas commissions. I only have a limited number of spots for this so if you are interested, act fast! 

23-24th- Now this is a bit of a trick question as yes I am at the Whirlow hall Farm Christmas Fayre but no you won’t be able to pick up any This Is Sian Ellis goodies as I am too busy running the show! Come along to see a range of stall holders, enjoy mulled wine, Christmas Carols, meet Santa, the whole shebang. There’s even a snow wolf! And all for a very great charity too!

30th- 1st December- Kelham island Christmas Fair. My first time to the museum fair and my first time to the museum! This Victorian themed market will see me dust off my purple velvet high neck dress (you bet I’m going victorian goth!) and bring local and spooky products. It’s your last chance to peruse in person before the big day comes.

I’ll be accepting commissions throughout the period too, but only as many as I am confident I can finish and have posted out to you in time for Christmas. So if you are interested in a bespoke house portrait, bespoke venue portrait or haunted house portrait then get in touch ASAP to avoid disappointment. 

Northern Ink: My First Niche Fair Appearance

In April I attended Northern a Ink at Northern Monk Refectory in Leeds as a trader. This was my stalls first appearance in my former home town. It’s also the first time I’ve attended a niche fair. Northern Ink was a celebration of Print, illustration and tattooing. The event featured a curation of alternative artists, live screen printing from the ever fabulous Awesome Merch and live tattooing. There were limited edition prints created especially for the event and a tattoo and tattoos flash available of each. It was run by the reputable Northern Craft who, I have wanted to work with since I heard about them,

The event opened at 11 and an immediate queue formed at the tattoo stall. Within 2 minutes all the tattoo spots were fully booked. These guys were clearly pros. This Meant that the fair was pleasantly full at the beginning and sales started early. It was difficult to predict how many visitors came to the event and what that meant for sales proportionally so I will opt for listing some pros and cons as I observed them.


The clientel are more targeted. This helps with what items you bring for your stall and your display. It was great to see so many like minded people with similar tastes and passions. There were a lot of artists visiting too and I always love to talk to people about their art.

We also got food and a drink included in the stall fee. This is incredible rare and extremely appreciated! Finding food and spending cash you might not have made back on your stall fee yet is tough sometimes.

The niche crowd was friendly, relaxed and the atmosphere was great. There was comerardery, and the tattoo were an excellent source of conversation. The event really did feel like a celebration of the arts it championed.


I’ll start by making it clear that I’m being harsh here calling them ‘cons’. Observations is probably more astute.

The niche nature of the fair means that the artists gathered can be quite similar. This is a pro and a con. It’s a pro because it is excellent to work alongside these artists, meet them and discover their art. I did some great art trades and it was wonderful to discover new artists with some awesome art who as a bonus liked my art too. It’s a con because it means that your target audience is their target audience and people only have so much money to spend. Those who might have ordinarily purchased from the stall are spoilt for choice and the purse strings become understandably tighter.

The other con do this is that I spent all my profits and then some on the excellent art available! I left Leeds with 2 new prints (including one of the tattoo flashes), a T-shirt and sculpture. It’s a pro for my art collection but a con for my bank balance! The trouble with being an artist is that you know how great it feels when people support your work and so in turn I find it irrisistalble to support other artists too!

The event space above the bar was also a new kind of event experience for me as most guests were drinking. This was something I have been nervous about in the past as a ceramics seller, but I know other traders find it encourages a few more sales. In this specific space I found that it encouraged people to do a lot of hanging about, which is great and it’s nice to chat but sometimes it can be difficult if people stand in front of your stall without any intention of shopping but block your stall view from others. It also makes it difficult to judge how busy an event is but it does create a good atmosphere.


I had a great time! I made a profit but I did spend that and more on the excellent art available. Also I found new artists too which is rad. From a business perspective on this occasion I definitely shopped more than I brought home, which is not really the goal. However, I had a great day and got some awesome art so I would certainly recommend.