Join our Celebrate Handmade Campaign
We want to celebrate everything that’s special about handmade, so while everyone is rushing around doing their Christmas shopping we need YOU to help us shout loud about handmade. Buying presents that really mean something isn’t about getting the best discounts on Black Friday, it’s about buying the best you can – presents made with skill, honesty and integrity.
Buying something handmade by talented artists, designers and makers really makes a difference – not only are you getting something special, but every time you buy handmade you’re helping someone carry on making a living from what they do.
So over the Black Friday weekend and right through until Christmas, we want to get people thinking about what they buy, who they buy from and how products are made. Craft skills need to be cherished, valued and passed down from generation to generation to keep them alive.
Each and every one of us can help secure the future of craft by choosing to buy genuine handmade work, direct from the maker… and persuading other people to do the same. To make that happen we need as many people as possible to join in and help us spread the message.
Read how you can take part below – join in and tell the world why the should choose handmade this Christmas!
The UK is currently in the middle of a craft revival, spurred on by independent design fairs, bespoke pop-ups and online marketplaces like Folksy. – The Guardian Weekend
Join our Celebrate Handmade campaign! Here’s how…
To help us get more people buying handmade this year:
- Share 4 posts on social media over the Black Friday weekend, telling people:
– What it means to you when someone buys one of your pieces
– Why you love giving and receiving handmade
– What goes into each of your pieces – the process behind the product
– Why buying handmade is a good thing – why should people choose to shop small, independent and handmade
- Use the #celebrate_handmade hashtag on all your posts
- Tag Folksy in all your posts so we can see and share them more easily.
- If you have a blog, write a post about why you want to Celebrate Handmade – and tell us about it on social so we can share it (don’t forget to tag us!)
Feel free to use the graphics in this post or create your own!
Each handmade item is about people, not machines. It’s about the skill of each maker and the magic of their imagination – Tash Goswami
If you need some inspiration, this blog post has loads of reasons why buying handmade is a good thing and loads of great graphics to share too. Click here to read it. To make it super simple for you to tell the world why we should all be celebrating handmade, we’ve even created a tweet for you – just click below and fill in your reason! Then, starting on Black Friday and all through the Christmas season, we will share as many of your reasons to celebrate handmade as possible. Let’s get the #celebrate_handmade message out to as many people across the globe as possible!!
Products and makers featured in this article:
- Hand-knitted baby bonnet by RowRow and Kades
- Mushroom in the Moss Embroidered Brooch by Bekoko Designs
- Seed Pod Earrings by Caroline Frodsham aka Pods and Plunder
- Knitted Fair Isle Blanket by Rachel Collins from Selvage
- Illustrated card by Sarah Papworth from Beetroot Press
- Button and Bobbin Crafter’s Necklace by Rock Rose Jewellery
- Handmade Necklace by Clare Lloyd Jewellery
- Screen-printed shoulder bag by Mellybee
- Maine Coon Original Linoprint by Little Ram Studio
- Blue Glazed Stoneware Pottery Beaker by Little Wren Pottery
- Handmade Artisan Apron by A Dog Like Sparky