By Alexandra from Arteo
With summer in full swing, this week’s Folksy Friday is inspired by surf, sea and sun. Having spent part of my childhood growing up by the beach in California, to me there is something special about watching and listening to the ocean waves as they rise and break on the shore – and surfing those waves is all the more energising and exhilarating.
Below are some lovely finds by talented Folksy makers and designers that conjure surf and summer.
This surfboard wall clock by Ocean Arts North Devon is beautifully handmade using reclaimed materials and driftwood collected on the North Devon beaches. It’s always time to hit the beach with this clock on this wall.
A wonderfully nourishing soap is what every surfer needs after a day riding the waves. This handmade moisturising soap by Handiness Crafts is made in small batches in Cornwall and comes in charming and colourful packaging.
Rachey Jane Prints Again’s Happy Surfday card is the ideal way to say happy birthday to any surfer or beach lover. The linocut design is beautifully crafted and the colour combination of turquoise, purple and pale yellow conjures summer and surf.
This chevron changing poncho by CoverUp Surf would definitely come in handy for surfers and beach-goers alike. All Suzanne’s ponchos are all handmade and available in various patterns. I especially like this one with a pink zig-zag print.
This charming pencil case by Sarah Westwood Illustrator and PA to Sprocket features the charming dog Sprocket ridding the waves. It could easily double as a pouch for keeping sunscreen and lotions in your beach bag too.
Cool and crisp, this Wild Swimmers print by Alison Bick Design skilfully plays with geometry and colour. Fun fact: Alison’s designs are inspired from her family’s bellyboarding heritage and The World Bellyboard Championships organised annually by the National Trust in Cornwall.
The fresh colours of this phone case by Cassia Beck reflect the sun and surf that inspire its design. Cassia’s phone cases come in different sizes too so it can fit iPhones and Samsung models.
Alexandra Tommasini, the designer behind Arteo, works from her home studio in London to create simple and vibrant hand-drawn greeting cards that bring something unique to every occasion. Her cards are printed in Italy and paired with colourful envelopes sourced in the UK. Alexandra’s biggest inspiration comes from the connections we make with each other. An avid card sender herself, she likes the idea that many of her designs have dual purposes – good for both birthday and thinking of you, for example – so you’ve always got a card on hand for those special occasions and people in your life.
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