Glug Brum #4 ‘ Craft & Graft’ Pt.1 – It’s a Wrap!

Wow what a brilliant Glug Birmingham we had on Thursday! We just want to say a massive thank you from us all here at Inkygoodness and WE ARE GOODNESS for supporting Glug.

It was incredible to see a 300+ strong community stepping out to attend the event and we’re so excited about the future of Glug.

Huge thanks goes to Rainbow Venues and their team on the ground for helping the night run smoothly. We were blown away by our speakers who gave fantastic talks around the theme of ‘Craft & Graft‘ sharing their stories and insight around start-ups, crowdfunding and the ups’s & downs of creative business.


We were delighted to be joined by Joe Rogers (Colourbox), Rope press, illustrators Lucy Sherston and Adam Corns and the super talented Aidan Saunders who brought his Print Wagon all the way North for the occassion and Kris Jones (Brothers of the Stripe) who created a live art piece during the break.

web_glug-brum-pop-ups[Glug Birmingham] Pop-Up Market

web_glug-brum-colourbox-1[Glug Birmingham] Pop-Up Market – Colourbox

[Glug Birmingham] Pop-Up Market – Print Wagon

Digbeth Dining Club organised two fantastic street food traders – Cafe Horchatas and Street Soulvaki served up mouth watering Mexican tacos and Greek kebabs, and drink sponsors Sailor Jerry got the evening off with a bang thanks to their generous supply of rum which kept Gluggers merry throughout the night! Attendees were also treated to complimentary paper samples from G.F Smith.

web_glug-brum-gluggers-3[Glug Birmingham] Gluggers!

web_glug-brum-sailor-jerrys-1[Glug Birmingham] Drinks sponsor Sailor Jerry


web_glug-brum-dan-cooper[Glug Birmingham] Speaker – Dan Cooper

First to take the stage was Dan Cooper, co-founder of Birmingham digital studio adaptable, who spoke candidly about setting up a business from scratch straight out of University. From early rejection for a funding application to winning a coveted design brief for Retail Birmingham, Dan credited the importance of loving what you do, supporting your team and trying new things as keys to success.


web_glug-brum-marylou-faure[Glug Birmingham] Speaker – Marylou Faure

French illustrator Marylou Faure was next up, sharing her journey into the world of freelance illustration, offering a rundown of her personal ‘Yays and Fuck-ups’ along the way. Marylou inspired the audience with her honest take on internships, finding a style and sticking to your guns.


web_glug-brum-gluggers-2[Glug Birmingham] Gluggers!

web_glug-brum-audience-above[Glug Birmingham] Gluggers pack into Mama Roux for the final talks of the night.

web_glug-brum-alec-dudson-1[Glug Birmingham] Speaker – Alec Dudson, Intern.

After a brief break the audience resumed their places for the 3rd talk of the night – Alec Dudson, founder and editor of Intern, who shared his story of setting up a bi-annual independent print publication “for and by the creative youth,” following a stint interning at Boat Magazine in Milan, to crowdfunding their first print edition on Kickstarter.

web_glug-brum-mr-bingo-1[Glug Birmingham] Speaker – Mr Bingo.

The evenings talks ended on a high, with an appearance by Mr Bingo who took to the stage to talk about briefly about his early career, and his notorious Hate Mail project which involved sending thousands of abusive postcards to random strangers. A massively successful Kickstater campaign followed (reaching his funding target of £30,000 in nine hours!) to crowd fund a self published book.

Mr Bingo — Hate Mail from Oldie on Vimeo.

web_glug-brum-live-art-kris-jones[Glug Birmingham] Live art by Kris Jones


[Glug Birmingham] Glug Birmingham host Lisa Hassell

web_glug-brum-gluggers-7[Glug Birmingham] G.F Smith freebies!

web_glug-brum-market-print-wagon-4[Glug Birmingham] Pop-Up Seller – Print Wagon.

web_glug-brum-market-lucy-sherston[Glug Birmingham] Pop-Up Market – Lucy Sherston.

web_glug-brum-gluggers[Glug Birmingham] Gluggers!


web_glug-brum-front-row[Glug Birmingham] Over 300 gluggers packed into Mama Roux!


We’d like to thank all our speakers; Mr Bingo, Dan Cooper (adaptable), Marylou Faure and Alec Dudson (intern) for taking time out of their day to join us at the event. Another big thank you goes to Glug sponsors We Transfer, NetSuite and Spaces, Sailor Jerry and G.F Smith. Glug videos will be available soon courtesy of Craig Does Stuff.

We’re now full steam ahead on plans for our Summer event – and you’ll be pleased to know Early Bird tickets have just been released!

Glug Birmingham #5 ‘Craft & Graft’ Pt.2 returns to Spotlight on Thursday 30th June with confirmed speakers Supermundane and Emily Forgot.

Secure your ticket now for just £7.50*?

See you in June!|

Images courtesy of Jack Spicer Adams, Copyright 2016 Glug Events. *Limited number available. Early Bird sales end 29th April.


Posted on Mar 16th, 16 by | Twitter: @lisahassell

Director at WE ARE GOODNESS Agency, Lisa is also founder and director of Inkygoodness and organiser of quarterly design talks event Glug Birmingham.

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