This week we’re talking to Hannah from Folksy shop Hannah Madden
Blockprinted stationery & fabrics designed & created by Hannah Madden. This shop is so fresh, with colour and patterns bursting out from the page.
Could you describe your shop?
Hanmade on Folksy is a collection of colourful, nature inspired block printed stationery and fabrics. All
designed and handprinted by me.
Who does your Folksy shop appeal to?
I’d like to think my shop appeals to anyone with an interest in handcrafted work. Nature & bird lovers as
well as fans of good old letter writing.
Is this your day job?
Printing by hand is something that I thoroughly enjoy & am lucky enough to do full time. I spend my
time sketching, cutting & printing new designs. Since opening my Folksy shop I’ve received lovely,
positive feedback which spurs me on to create more. It makes it so worthwhile; a real confidence boost!
I supply my works at local craft fairs, galleries as well as at my own shop. Through one gallery I also do
workshops teaching others linocutting & block printing techniques.
Have you been into craft and the handmade lifestyle for long?
Ever since I can remember I’ve always loved to draw & paint. Art was one of those things that just
grabbed me from an early age. It’s only recently that I fell back into experimenting with linocutting after
studying it at college. Up until 2years ago I was bookkeeping so slightly different to what I’m doing now!
Where do you promote your shop?
I keep a blog where I post about designs I’m working on & what’s new to my Folksy shop. I use this as a
bit of a scrapbook too with whatever interests & inspires me. I have a facebook business page where I
also upload latest shop items. There’s a big network community of fellow arty folk out there & it’s great
to keep in touch & share ideas. Very inspirational too! I may have to try my hand a twitter soon too!
Do you have plans to expand your business in the future?
avenues to go down with block printing with a wide range of different surfaces to print on. Fabrics are
my main thing for next year so watch this space!
What advice would you give to someone thinking about opening up a shop here on Folksy?
Definitely worth opening a shop here on Folksy as it’s a great place to showcase your makes. It’s simple
& straight forward to start up & once you do, you’ll be surprised by the amount of support you’ll receive
from other makers & buyers who also use Folksy. I believe the secret is in spending time on your own
designs and transforming those into a piece of work that other people can enjoy.
Focus on your strengths and what you enjoy doing; have faith and take an interest in your fellow Folksy
We’d love to hear your comments!