Beautiful Wooden Christmas Decorations by Crafty Lou on Folksy
Christmas is nearly here, and for us makers this is the busiest time of year. With the many craft fairs and events that are on offer at the moment around the country, we try to partner with those that understand who we are, the way we like to work, and have the same dedication to craft and handmade as we do.
Last weekend we were really excited to be part of what was billed as one of the biggest and best events in the UK craft calendar: Handmade at the O2. A new event at the O2 in London, with promises of over 60,000 visitors, all being part of the capital’s Christmas build-up. Father Christmas, mulled wine, carol singers, and huge making tables for the kids were all going to be a part of Handmade at The O2’s inaugural event. It was a new venture, so we were all taking a risk, but their vision was clear and we were all looking forward to being a part of this great new Christmas event. We had invited families, friends and 70 of you had made the effort to be a part of what we had hoped was to be something new, something special, and importantly something that would be a big part of your christmas sales.
However, we came away on Sunday feeling disappointed. It was far from the magical Christmas Wonderland that we had been promised. We are currently in talks with Peninsular Events, the organiser of Handmade at the O2, to feedback on specifics that both we and the Folksy traders were unhappy with. James and I managed to speak with most Folksy traders over the weekend, but if we didn’t find you and you have something you’d like to tell us please do send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject “O2 Feedback”. We also encourage you to send your feedback to Clive at Peninsular at email@example.com.
We understand that organising events and craft fairs can be difficult, but in the future we are going to be far stricter with partners on what we expect from a Folksy Partner, not just the facilities, but the style, the ambience and the general feel of the place.
As we move into the new year we will work as hard as you guys do, making sure that we work with the right people, in the right places, at the right times to give you the best service we can.
Merry Christmas, the Folksy team.