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Maker Faire Competition

by James

Folksy is very pleased to announce that we will be sponsoring our first event on 3rd September – the Mini Maker Faire in Brighton.  As this is a special occasion (and because it’s been far too long since our last one) we’ve decided to hold a competition to celebrate.

We want to show the public attending the event, the wealth of amazing craft and design that our Folksy sellers produce so we’ll be constructing a large Folksy artwork to display on the day.  We want this to be a visual representation of what Folksy is – a huge number of individual sellers which together make one big talented community, so what better way to represent this than constructing the artwork using work by our sellers.

The piece will be assembled on the day of the event and the public will be helping us construct the huge artwork by choosing where the pieces will go.  The event will then be documented and brought back to Sheffield to be displayed proudly in the Folksy office.

How to enter

To enter please make one small object which we can attach to our Folksy artwork.  The item can be made from anything, we’d love to see a wide variety of crafts from all our sellers.

  • Items can follow any theme or colour and can be made from anything as long as it’s no bigger than 10cm.
  • Please don’t make the item too heavy though as it has to be attached to the piece.
  • If the item is made from a solif material such as wood or ceramic then it would help us construct the artwork if there was a handle or hook to attach it.
  • Please note, pieces cannot be returned to you as they will form part of a permanent work.

What can you win?

When all entries have arrived we will pick * 5 of our favourite items 3 of our favourite items and the lucky winners will each be given a whole day to have their shop displayed as the featured items on the front page of Folksy.  We will be featuring a different seller each day so up to 15 items from your shop will be displayed on the homepage of Folksy all day.  These special sets of featured items will be displayed in the week running up to the event from Monday 29th August to Friday 2nd September.  This is a first for Folksy, we’ve never featured a whole shop as our featured picks so this is a great opportunity to have your shop showcased.  If there aren’t quite enough items listed in one of the chosen shops then we will pair up two sellers and display both their items together.  We will also promote these sellers through our blog throughout the week.

Closing date

All items must arrive in the Folksy office no later than Thursday 25th August.  Please send your items to:

Maker Faire Competition
Folksy Ltd
217 Portobello
S1 4DP

Good luck to everyone, we can’t wait to see all the wonderful work!

* Please note:  We are choosing 3 items, not 5, as there were 3 overwhelming winners voted for by staff, the rest of the votes were split across the remaining entries.

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Adam Regester July 20, 2011 - 6:24 pm

Hi, great competition !
Can you tell us were we can find out more about the Brighton event and if we can participate ? I have a Folksy shop and I live in Brighton so it would be great to take part.
Thanks !
Adam :)

Vicki July 20, 2011 - 6:43 pm

Hi Adam, I just searched for it online as I’m a Folksy seller not far from Brighton either but it looks like they are closed to exhibitors now. Website is here http://www.makerfairebrighton.com/

Sarah July 20, 2011 - 8:38 pm

Hi Adam, the Maker Faire wrote a blog post for us saying that officially they were closed for applications but that it was still worth contacting them if you were interested in a stall so it’s definitely worth getting in touch with them.

Adam Regester July 20, 2011 - 9:44 pm

Thanks !! :))

Natalie Ofkants July 20, 2011 - 10:23 pm

What a lovely idea, I hope I have enough time to complete something and get it sent off, with hols, children off school and all.

Sound like such an amazing project and a wonderful prize for the winners.

Natalie x

carol capaldi July 21, 2011 - 3:21 pm

Oooo… love this idea! Will get my thinking cap on and see what I can come up with!

Hannelore Cossins July 21, 2011 - 5:08 pm

What a lovely idea! Hopefully I will have time to come up with something. The final piece is going to be an amazing showcase of talent!

Dawn Witt July 22, 2011 - 11:48 am

Oh I have a couple of ideas already. I put labels on my items – are we allowed to put our shop name name in the design? sign artwork etc…

noodleBubble July 22, 2011 - 7:58 pm


…rushes off in a flurry of felt and buttons…

Dacey July 25, 2011 - 4:53 am

This is great i also want to come up with new ideas and want win this competition i want to do something different.

Dawn Witt August 7, 2011 - 12:32 pm

I’ve just started a thread on Chittah Chattah with a piccie on my ‘entry’ feel free to add yours! http://forums.folksy.com/forums/6/topics/313553

Sarah August 8, 2011 - 10:12 am

Hi, we’ve started a Flickr set now for the first few entries that have arrived, we’ll be adding more as they come in:



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cherry tree August 15, 2011 - 12:42 pm

I have just sent my contribution today! x

Mishelflo August 16, 2011 - 4:18 pm

This sounds like fun and what a fabulous idea!!

Last night I decided I was going to try making something completely different, so this might be the time to try it out on everyone, see the response:)

Just hope I can make it in time!!

Mosaic Tree August 18, 2011 - 7:30 am

Cherry Tree – your entry is gorgeous – I just saw it on Flickr.

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JOYsofGLASS August 18, 2011 - 10:45 pm

Great idea.
Have just made my entry and will be posting it first thing tomorrow.

Astrid August 19, 2011 - 9:16 am

Time to put my thinking cap on – great idea!

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