Hidden Gems Day Out

Participants taking part in Hidden Gems took a day out from jewellery making to be inspired and to find some possible new sales outlets.

They started the day at the Pavilions who are interested in displaying some of the jewellery Hidden Gems makes. From here they visited the Words and Pictures Gallery, which sell local producers work, and then onto the Teignmouth Arts Action Group arts and community centre. The group looked at their current exhibition of local art work.

In the afternoon they visited Four Abilities, who already sell some Hidden Gems products. They learnt more about the gallery who provide day activities and enabling services for adults with learning difficulties.

They finished off the day with a cake making workshop at Carol’s cupcakes where everyone got the opportunity to make and take home a cup cake souvenir.

The day out was to thank volunteers but also to give participants the chance to visit outlets and speak to galleries about what are looking for to inspire them. It was great to see how they display people’s products and for participants to get new ideas for products and to discover the terms different outlets will charge them to sell items.

A number of participants took some of the jewellery they had made to show the different gallery owners and since the day one of our participants has been invited to sell some of his items in one of the galleries which is a great result.

What is Hidden Gems?

Hidden Gems is for people who are out of work; supporting them towards and into paid employment. It helps people develop and build employment skills. Over the course of the project you will learn how to design, make and sell jewellery and other handcrafted products from recycled and reclaimed metals.

If you are interested in taking part in the programme go to www.edp.org.uk/hidden-gems or why not come along to our open day on Wednesday 26th July between 11am and 1pm at the Devon Disability Collective factory, 22 Marsh Green Road, Exeter, EX2 8PQ. Contact angelaholmes@edp.org.uk or call Angie on 07841 922 181.