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We asked Leanne to give us a sneaky peek at her plans for the Newcastle CM. Leanne explains,

“Our short term and ongoing goals are to share our passion for craft with the outside world. Long term, we want to educate and teach the passion and love that you have for your own handmade things.”

That sounds great and what are the benefits of being a member of the Newcastle CM? Leanne says,

“Being a member of the Newcastle CM means you are part of a support network and community of similar minded individuals. We also work on methods of cross promotion, marketing and advertising.”

What area of the UK does the Newcastle Craft Mafia cover?

“At the moment we cover most of

the north east of the UK, down to Middlesbrough. However, this could change if other Craft Mafias open in those areas.”

And, what would you say is the best thing about the Newcastle Craft

Mafia? “Definitely the members and the friendship network it creates.”

Does Newcastle CM collaborate with other organisations? Leanne

says, “We certainly do and as many of our members are also part of other local arts groups, etc. then we tend to naturally work with that extended network.”

So does that mean you work with other Craft Mafias? “At the moment

we have enough going on locally, but we would love to have a more formalised way of working with

other UK based Craft Mafia’s, perhaps having representatives attend the Makers Faire.”

Having successfully started up Newcastle CM, is there any advice you would give someone wanting to start up their own Craft Mafia?

Leanne says, “Speak to other Craft Mafias beforehand for advice. Also, it is vital to get in touch with the original Craft Mafia in Austin, Texas, USA. But ultimately, just go for it!”

More information: http://craftmafia.com www.newcastlecraftmafia.com http://twitter.com/NCLcraftmafia www.sittingonthewall.com www.cassandraharrison.co.uk www.tarascholes.yolasite.com

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