Hey there, pixel fiends! I thought I'd finally write another blog post, as I haven't gotten round to it for a while. So what's been happening?
I've had stalls at 2 markets this month... and had my lowest takings of any events I've worked to date! The first was the RetroPlay Festival in Leighton Buzzard - I didn't expect much from this one, as it's a family event in a small town, with a focus on cosplay and vehicles from the movies. I made some sales, which was all I expected, so I wasn't disappointed.
The Leeds Retro Games Fair however, is a different story. I expected to do much better there, as I had done in previous years. I hadn't been since 2016, when it was in a different venue. This time, my stall was in a bit of a dark corner away from the main hall, and there didn't seem to be as many people as in previous years. The weather was also really good, which may have been a factor in keeping people from the market. Whatever happened, money-wise this was my worst market to date - I made about 5 sales, when usually I make about 30 at these kinds of events. It was a little disappointing, as I feel like I had some of my best artwork with me. What do you think? Take a look for yourself below and let me know your thoughts!
My last market of the year is the Nottingham Retro Games Fair, organised by the same folks who put on the Leeds market. This is the first one to be held in Nottingham, so I'm hopeful there will be some interest from gamers who can't make it to the other events. Anyway, this market is on 5 October at the Britannia Hotel. Check out the Facebook event page for more info.
I have been adding to my online listings at my Etsy shop - I now have over 60 items and counting! There is more to come, and I will be adding them over the coming days/weeks. Please take a look here... if there is anything else you'd like to see me make, just let me know - I do take custom orders!
And lastly, I thought I'd share a pic of my workspace. It's also a playspace, due to the number of games consoles I have stashed there! It's my favourite room in the house and it literally is the Cave of Pixels.
My name is Iain and my addiction is making pixel bead art. My main inspirations are comics, video games and movies.