FolkEast 2018

 

Wow, this year really has flown by!  I’ve just got back from a lovely long weekend at FolkEast where I ran mask decorating workshops for the second year in a row. Big thanks to everyone who stopped by the stall in the Art Arcade to take part, try masks on, or have a chat.  We met so many friendly people and makers – FolkEast really is something special!

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A very nice gent showing off his new Green Man mask

Here are some of the masks and skulls, painted by participants of all ages across the weekend. And once again I’m blown away by how awesome and different everyone’s ideas have been. Aren’t they great?

And here are a few of the masks that I was working on between sessions:

This past year I’ve mostly been posting things as I make them over on Instagram, but haven’t posted any blog-worthy projects on here for a while.  That should change soon though, as I’ve just got a brand new workspace that I’m very excited about.  I’ll get that set up, and then hopefully I’ll get stuck in to some of the many ideas I’ve been hoarding over the past few months!

Snape Maltings Vintage & Markers Market

I had a lovely time today at Snape Maltings Vintage & Makers Market. It was my first attempt at a stall to sell my masks and books, and I couldn’t have asked for a lovelier day!  It was a very sunny morning, and my stall was right beside the river with picturesque views out across the marshes.

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I met some lovely people and chatted about masks and books to everyone, and even sold enough to make a profit. It’s been a great experience, so I’m definitely hoping to do another fair sometime soon.  I’d better get a move on and look up local Christmas markets.

In the meantime I’ve added a first batch of miniature books to my Etsy shop HERE. I managed to get five sets of photos done before the light faded this evening, so there’ll be more to come soon.

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Ipswich Library Craft Fair

I spent half of my Saturday off at the Ipswich Library craft fair today. Our Rotaract club had put together a few items over two craft evenings to sell for charity, and I donated a few of my tiny hand bound leather books to the mix, hastily turning them into necklaces and throwing together some packaging (by which I mean attaching them to small pieces of folded card…) at 11pm last night.

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(Yes, we know the leaflets make Rotaract look a tad like a dating agency…)

Helen and I manned the stall into the early afternoon, but unfortunately the advertising for the event seemed to consist solely of some colourful bunting and a sign just outside the door. Most of our customers were library regulars who happened to wander over to have a look, expressing their surprise that the event was on. If even the regulars don’t know about it, then you know the advertising was non-existent! I suppose that’s the downside of getting an incredibly cheap stall. Despite that slight setback we managed to sell a good few items and had an entertaining time chatting to customers and library-goers. One talkative gentleman even requested a lesson on screen printing from us! A few of the other stalls hardly seemed to get a look, let alone sell anything, so I think we did well considering… especially as a first-ever attempt at a craft stall. It was definitely a steep learning curve and we have lots of great ideas for next year, not least of which is to go for a stall at an actual craft fair, rather than a table in the library…

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The photos are from when we were setting up. We ended up changing the prices before too long! As well as the books, I made some little labels to dress up the mulled wine, and we also had sewn Christmas tree decorations, linoprinted and handmade cards, and some Christmassy window transfers made by club members. Definitely something I’d like to do again, and if I get myself really organised, I may even do a stall as QueenHare as well as one for charity. I have lots of ideas for things I want to make, but couldn’t due to the fact that all the items had to be donated to the stall.