The Guardian mentioned Folksy in their “What Not To Miss in 2009” article (in the Freecycle bit) along with Etsy as Craft Superstores. Not sure about the ‘Superstore’ but it was nice to see we’re getting some greater awareness.
I thought it may be worth mentioning things we’ve been doing to try to promote Folksy too. We’ve been working with a national charity to try to organise a competition for London Fashion Week at the end of February. The stumbling block is a space in London to showcase the work. We’ll find out this week if that is a goer. If we can’t do it for the Fashion Week then we’ll look at other dates later in the year. Upcycling charity stock for fashion has been a core practice amongst students for as long as there have been charity shops.
We got shortlisted by the new Channel 4 initiative 4IP for a project entitled “To Hell With Mattel” which was to be a national project to get people making things, a counter-cultural poke at our desire for cheap plastic imports. That would have been fun but didn’t make the final fund, mainly because we couldn’t have started in time for Christmas. It’s one for the future.
We also ran a small PR-y Christmas gift-a-thon to journalists. That was well received and we hope we’re now at least on the horizon of the writerly peeps. Upcoming mentions in Elle and Country Living amongst others, testify to this.
So, we’re busy and will have competitions and stuff in the pipeline to announce soon.