Craft Focus - June/July 2020 (Issue 79)

4 FOCUS ON 39 Keeping calm and crafting on ExaClair’s marketing manager Lawrence Savage talks to Craft Focus about keeping up with demand during the pandemic 44 With a hopscotch, knit and a jump! Katie Stephenson, company director of Cygnet Yarns, talks to Craft Focus about the company’s fabulous range of yarns and Hopscoth Blanket Knitalong pattern for those in isolation – a six-week knit along that allows you to create your very own patchwork blanket 58 Stamp of approval With demand from hospitals both local and further afield across Europe for face shields, Photocentric’s focus has now shifted to help with the PPE shortage and protect our health workers. Lisa Miles, craft sales manager at Photocentric tells us more about this journey. 61 Believe in magic Managing director of TheMagicTouch, Jim Nicol, talks us through operating a business during a global pandemic 64 Craft at its peak Director of Peak Dale Products, Graham Aldous, talks to Craft Focus about his life in the craft world from the age of eight 82 58 36 BUSINESS 66 Self-care support With so much uncertainty abounding the world, it’s likely our mental health will suffer. Here, the FSB gives its top tips on how to alleviate your worries 67 Keeping calm through the new normal You’re not alone during the pandemic, here Sara Davies offers Craft Focus readers sound advice 68 Working from home Nick Howes, managing director at Leadership Management International UK discusses how to maintain business productivity during a period of disruption 70 Seven things you can do in your business RIGHT now Catherine Erdly runs through seven things you can do in your business right now to better cope with the current situation. 72 Copyright and social media – the lowdown Dids Macdonald, CEO of Anti Copying in Design (ACID), looks at social media copyright, and what you need to do. 78 Road to recovery As China starts to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, Elena Gatti, Managing Director of Azoya EU looks at the measures taken by Chinese retailers to survive the crisis, and how Western shops could follow suit SHOWS 14 Shows, news & events Stay up-to-date with what’s happening in your industry