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Folksy Party – The Follow Up

by Folksy Support

Last month we told you all about this exciting Folksy Party being held by Jo from Glass Primitif – Today Jo tells us how it all went!

Party Animals!

Saturday was a beautiful day to have a Folksy party – the sun was shining, the birds were singing and England were set to win the world cup. It was a day of optimism…

Folksy Party 26 June 2010

The Arts Factory opened its doors to the Folksy guests at 9.30am and by 10am most people had dressed their tables for the party. There was much meeting and greeting as fourteen Folksy folk arrived at the gallery – the furthest away was Mauri (Dichroic Dazzle) who had travelled with her family from Birmingham. A special mention goes to Sa’adiah (SaduBeaR) who made an epic journey from Hudderfield via public transport. After the Meet and Greet came the important bit, eating cake and drinking tea, before we adjourned to the Studio for our first workshop – wax batik. Fortunately my colleague Rifat came in to mind the gallery and look after the tables so that we could all enjoy an hour of playing with wax, tjaps (Javanese brass printing tools) and dyes.

Folksy Party 26 June 2010

I have to say, Folksy folk are wonderfully creative people – just give them the tools, some basic instructions and the space to work and they will produce lovely art. We were so engrossed in the workshop that we almost missed lunch (and more cake too – thanks to Mich of My Furoshiki and Pam from Buriboo). After lunch there was a second free workshop on Letterpress printing led by Jacqui of Print For Love of Wood. I didn’t attend this workshop as it was my turn to look after the gallery but, as you can see from the images, everyone was having a good time. During the day we had a slow trickle of visitors who had come to see our current exhibition, Shorn Keighley, and find out more about Folksy.

Folksy Party 26 June 2010

Unfortunately 3pm came around too soon and the gallery closed its doors at 4pm. I had a great day and bought two lovely prints from Alison of ADEEGAN. So, what had been the reason behind the Folksy Party? Well, it was primarily an excuse for fellow Folksters to get together and meet each other although we had marketed it to the general public as a “Find out about Folksy” day. There are lots of Folksy makers who live locally but might not get the chance to meet. By setting up table displays of their handmade items we could share ideas about display, materials, skills and techniques. (There was certainly a lot of talking going on – probably most of it coming from me)!

Folksy Party 26 June 2010

Who was there?

Tracy of Ruby Spirit Designs :: Kevin of Dig The Earth :: Alison of A Deegan :: Kat of Mrs Sew and Sew :: Kirsten of Quernus Crafts :: Lynsey of Swirly Arts :: Pam of Buri Boo :: Jacqui of Print for Love of Wood :: Debbie of Angels and Butterflies :: Mich of My Furoshiki :: Sa’adiah of SaduBeaR :: Mauri (and family) of Dichroic Dazzle :: Laura of Lauras Little Lovelies :: Kath of Kath Heywood Designs :: And if I have missed anyone – I sincerely apologise.

One last thing… I would like to thank EVERYONE for making this such a fab event and for their support, people are so kind. We want to do it again, perhaps a Christmas party with more cake!

Jo (Glassprimitif)

See more Images from the day on Jo’s Flickr Stream

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Maudie July 6, 2010 - 8:48 am

This sounds like it was a great day, and I’m sorry I missed it, will you be doing another one any time soon?

Hilary July 6, 2010 - 8:54 am

Looks like alot of fun – I hope we see more of these events in the future :)

Mary - Quite Contrary July 6, 2010 - 9:03 am

Looks like a fab day – that batik with the Geccos is gorgeous! Wish I could have come, darn Glastonbury getting in the way ;0) Am definitely there with bells on for the next one!

Tracy (Ruby Spirit Designs) July 6, 2010 - 9:05 am

Thanks Jo for organising such a great day, it was a fantastic chance to catch up with some crafty friends and to meet some new ones! Can’t wait for the next one… :-)

Konnie Kapow July 6, 2010 - 9:05 am

This sounds amazing! Well done for organising this.

I’m super jealous though! Anyone fancy a Glasgow get together?!


Lynsey aka Swirlyarts July 6, 2010 - 11:24 am

Ooooh there’s me!! It was great fun with lots of chatting done and cake eaten :) I’m looking forward to the next one!

amyorangejuice July 6, 2010 - 9:03 pm

Oh sounds and looks lovely, wish you werent all so far up country from me!

Glassprimitif July 7, 2010 - 11:48 am

Thanks folksy for the blog feature. It was a great party and yes, we would like to do another one. I will keep everyone posted in the Events forum. If you are thinking of organising one elsewhere just contact me and I will tell you all I know.

Vix July 7, 2010 - 12:31 pm

I can’t believe I missed it, the nearest town I grew up near (from Oakworth)… looks like so much fun! Please let me know if you do another and I’ll have to arrange to visit my parents at that time to coincide ;)

Well done, I’m very jealous!


Dottie Designs July 7, 2010 - 12:52 pm

Wow! What a great day! Anyone in Hampshire?!!

Natalie July 7, 2010 - 1:10 pm

Thats fab! I’m in West Berks, so a Folksy party in the near vacinity would be fantastic, Dottie Hampshire’s next door!

Natalie x

ladyluckjewellery July 7, 2010 - 2:35 pm

Sounds like a great day was had by all!! Love the idea of lots of cake too.

It would be great to put these on all around the country – I’d be up for helping with one in the Northants/warks area if anyone else is up for it?

Di - (Adien Crafts) July 7, 2010 - 4:31 pm

Thanks so much for posting the pics, everyone’s stands look so good and great to see some faces! Di x

Zoe Sadler July 7, 2010 - 4:33 pm

What a great idea! Hope it starts a new Folksy trend. Anyone all the way down in Devon? x

Dig The Earth July 9, 2010 - 9:28 am

A fantastic day – thank you Jo. It was an absolutely great meet and greet :)

Sharon aka Bliss Knits July 9, 2010 - 7:40 pm

What a great idea – it’s looks like you all had a fab day. Anyone up for a meet in Newcastle? x

Lou Aka Fairygodmother Fragrances July 10, 2010 - 12:23 pm

Anyone in Herts area- Knebworth/Stevenage/Hitchin/Letchworth fancy a get together? x

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