We’ve rounded up the top hashtags to help you discover new designer-makers on Instagram. Give them a go to track down creative businesses doing something a little bit different.
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After the phenomenal success of this year’s #marchmeetthemaker challenge, illustrator Joanne Hawker has set up #heytheremaker to keep the crafting community spirit going. Some fab designer-makers are using the tags to showcase their products, making it a great way to find small businesses. If you’re a seller there’s also a Facebook group you can join to be part of the supportive community. Joanne explains, “At the end of each challenge, the word belonging crops up again and again. The challenges are a place where people feel like they belong. So rather than the community aspect disappearing once the challenge is over, we can continue it in our group.”
Find new artisans and makers with the hashtag #wearethemakers. From printers to weavers, this tag is packed full of all sorts of crafts and attracts creatives from across the globe.
From Land’s End to John O’Groats, the UK has designer-makers in abundance. The gorgeous tag #ourcreativeisle connects you to some of the best local artisans you may not have heard of yet, but will be glad you found.
Use #independentshop to find the small local shops near you that are selling products from designer-makers. To locate those closest to you simply swap the word ‘shop’ for the town or city where you live, e.g. use #independentbirmingham to find local creative businesses in the city.
The hashtag #supportthemakers is all about championing community over competition. This tag is used a lot by supporters of the amazing Just A Card campaign, as is #makersformakers. Use both to help small businesses grow and find things like maker markets in your area.
It may be quicker to buy from a chain store, but you can use the tag #buydifferently to get unique products and support small creative businesses. Not only will you receive something handcrafted but you’ll know your purchase directly benefits the maker and helps fill the world with more products made with real love.
A small but perfectly formed hashtag, #shoppingwithsoul is the selling platform created by Crafty Fox Market, which champions new makers, as well as established sellers. Anyone can use the tag to promote their creative business and it’s a great way to see sellers who will be popping up at their London markets, as well as those who are further away.
You can lose hours searching through Etsy for the ideal gift, we should know! While #etsysellersuk is a good tag for discovering makers, #etsyundiscovered helps you find even more. It’s a platform for creatives to show off their best new makes and for you to find your new must-have item.
While the hashtag #handmadehour is useful on Instagram, head over to Twitter for the best stuff and a real sense of the crafting community coming together. You can find hints and tips from sellers and there are also Twitter chats on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
As well as being a tag to share your crafting victories, #thehandmadeparade is filled with makers showcasing their wares.
If you want to make sure you keep your shopping as ethical as possible – especially when it comes to your wardrobe – check out the tag #slowfashion. You can find all aspects of the fashion industry here, from the wool to make a jumper to a hand-sewn dress and the pattern to make your own jeans – with many items created by emerging designers.
#newdesigners / #comingtoND
Every year, New Designers showcases 3,000 new designer-makers and upcoming artists at their exhibition in London. Opening on Wednesday 27th June, students from over 200 creative courses will unveil never-before-seen work to design lovers. See who’s attending by using the tags #newdesigners (which is also used by people not attending the exhibition) and #comingtoND.
This may be a tiny tag, but it’s a lovely way to find new designers taking their first steps to turn their passion for craft into a full-time business. Use either #emergingmaker or #emergingmakers to find new design talent ready to make their mark.
Don’t forget to tag #molliemakers on your posts as well. We’d love to hear if you have any good photo challenges or hashtags coming up, or just to see what you’ve been making this month. Follow us on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook too.