One of the joys of my trip down to London was the chance to meet a whole load of designer-makers.
As I was on my own, my opportunity to see other stalls was really restricted to those on the "loo run" but I was very fortunate both in the people on the stands around me and in the people who popped by to have a chat.
Next door to me, and also on her own, was Allison Wiffen who makes the most beautiful ceramic jewelery featuring black and white photographs of iconic bridges, buildings and statues.
Allison is quite as smiley as this photo shows and very generous in minding my stand when I went searching for caffeine, lending me her trolley, and all the other stuff that makes or breaks a fair.
She is also very funny and has persuaded me to do the British Craft Trade Fair in Harrogate in April.
Another interesting thing about Top Drawer was see in how crafter/designer/maker/manufacturers fall into one of two camps - collaborative or competitive.
There were 5 stands in all (including me) using machine embroidery in one way or other - all quite distinctive, though obviously working in the same medium. Three of these embroiderers came to see me and chat - and were really encouraging and friendly, even going as far as to give me contact details for buyers etc. The other was very frosty - not just to me but to all - and clearly didn't want any contact.
One woman I really liked was Shelley Klein of Pootle Designs.
She makes machine embroidered pictures which are then printed as cards. Now based in Port Isaac in North Cornwall, she used to live in Scotland. Shelley has been in the business for quite a while, she is very knowledgeable - and what is great is that she is prepared to help others. Another (one could say rival?) card maker had had problems with a printer and Shelley spent time advising her on how to sort it out and whom to contact.
Certainly someone I would want to keep in touch with.
It was the same with people in all other media - some were collaborating, swapping tips and horror stories, putting their energy into expanding the market as a whole; others were holed up in their stands glowering and competing and looking a bit like Golum.
I know which set were having the better Fair.