Sheffield - A Creative City
By fizzypigg, Jun 25 2017 08:42AM
Anyone who knows me knows that I am proud of my Mancunian roots. I moved to Sheffield 4 years ago for love and got a lot more than what I bargained for. I instantly fell in love with the city and the locals. They don’t call it the biggest village for nothing. There’s such a wonderful community vibe here, everyone seems to know each other and you’ll most likely bump into someone you know whenever you leave the house.
The creative world in Sheffield is huge and I feel so lucky to be a part of it. I’ve always wanted to own my own creative business and when I moved to Sheffield it just came naturally. I started out my teaching myself how to crochet and making myself some cosy winter woollens which got spotted by Shelley, the owner of Hilary & Flo. They became our first stockists and they helped us to grow in confidence as a micro-business.
I’ve met some amazing people in the creative world by attending workshops and joining in with the Etsy Sheffield Team. I wasn’t sure what direction Fizzy Pigg was heading in and how to get myself out there so last spring I attended an Instagram workshop at Moonko on Division street. It was hosted by Debbie, Moonko’s owner and Toni Bee from Hello Bee Studio (then Lemon Freckles). It was at this event that I realised how truly wonderful Sheffield is. I met some of the most amazing and inspiring women who were all at the beginning of their creative journey. I expected this to be a one off occasion and worried that my motivation and inspiration would wear off. Debbie and Toni set up the Lemon Moon Club, where the group could all have open and honest discussions about our work and our ideas and get feedback and encouragement from likeminded people. Without this group I’m not sure I would have become successful with Fizzy Pigg, I have a lot to thank those girls for.
The group has since grown and become In Colourful Company and has been opened to all, it’s like being part of a big beautiful girl gang. We support each other on our social media platforms and inspire each other to keep on being the fabulous ladies we are. They might not know it but they’ve helped me through some really difficult times, just by being there.
The Etsy team is much more business focussed, we meet regularly to discuss upcoming events and support each other. I joined the team when I applied to be a stall holder at the Etsy Made Local Market and never looked back. There really is such a wide variety of makers here and having the chance to meet and socialise made the market such a roaring success. We look out for each other, ask for advice and opinions and help each other to learn different ways to market our businesses.
Through this group I’ve been able to work with some great people on collaborative pop up shops, like the Valentines shop, held in the Winter Gardens with Maxwell Harrison Jewellery, Craft Tea and Dandelion Cocoa.
Even when you leave Sheffield the wider Yorkshire community is incredible. We use Sheffield as a central point but I have met some fabulous people from all across the region. I feel proud and empowered to be a part of this community and it’s because of all these wonderful people that I will always call Sheffield my home. And when each day my accent turns more and more Yorkshire, I think of everything this city has given me and I’m happy for it to take away my Mancunian twang.