Here at Folksy, we thought it was about time that we collaborated with some of our favourite designers. So this Winter, we’ve commissioned eight of them to create a set of functional items that reflect the beauty and diversity of Modern British Craft. We’re very proud to introduce you to the first four of the eight designers we worked with. See Friday’s post for the rest of the gang.
Jude Allman – Hand-thrown Carafe, Isle of Man
Working to Folksy’s design brief didn’t come naturally for Jude Allman. The full-time ceramicist usually creates pieces that she needs in her own kitchen cupboards. This one woman business started with an evening class, but now she’s got a library’s worth of books and her own electric wheel. What was once a hobby is now a full blown obsession and she can’t go anywhere without picking up a pot and making notes.
The carafe she’s made for Folksy is hand-thrown stoneware clay, fired in an electric kiln and coloured with an olive green wood ash glaze. Because the glaze is natural, each pot is lovingly different. They’re food and dishwasher safe and hold just over half a bottle of wine. Perfect for ladies (or gents) who lunch.
Jo Boxall (Dolly Knits) – Hand Knitted Fisherman’s Hat, Kent
Top quality British yarns, bamboo needles and a comfy chair are part of Jo Boxall’s essential crafting kit when it comes to her chunky knits. She renounced industrial knitting machines after her Textile Degree, returned to hand-knitting and Dolly Knits was born. Jo loves how compact the craft can be and has set up her work space (a big red sofa) so that everything is at arms length – apparently this is the key to a good knitting rhythm!
Part Gallery Manager, part pro-knitter, Jo spends three days a week on her so-called ‘business hobby’. It’s a constant cycle of making, researching and promoting and she relishes every moment…
We asked Jo to make us some of her beautiful fisherman’s hats. They’re 100% British wool and can be worn with either a thick ribbed brim or long and baggy. They’re soft, breathable and very cosy around the ears.
Hannah Ashwell (bYMi) – Folded Fabric Card Wallet, Edinburgh
Whilst some people have itchy feet, Hannah Ashwell has itchy hands. Instead of travelling, she’s got the bug for making and has come a very long way since her Toy Work Badge at Brownies. After studying History of Art at University she plunged into the dressmaking world and her Textile Origami began to take shape.
Hannah’s core crafting kit includes a huge bin of cotton and silk fabric, her trusty irons and hundreds of paper origami patterns to test ideas. As her love for the craft has grown, her dining room has disappeared and dinner parties have been replaced by studio sessions.
The By Mi for Folksy card holder is based on one of Hannah’s most popular designs and we love how the military colours are softened by the Liberty Mike fabric. We wanted to showcase the precision of Hannah’s unique skill and she’s done us proud. The card wallet holds six credit or debit cards and will fit snugly in your pocket or inside a coin purse.
Jennie Corr & Dyfrig Peris (Peris & Corr) - Craft Apron, Snowdonia
Jennie Corr & Dyfrig Peris met at University and worked together in telesales before deciding that their true calling was slightly more creative. The pair quit their jobs, moved back to North Wales and put their fine art degrees to good use. They bought screen-printing equipment, rented out an old quarry workshop and hey presto, Peris & Corr began.
Inspired by the 1950’s, Japanese woodcut patterns and artist Mike Perry, the pair use only organic fabric, water-based inks and bio-degradable chemicals in their work. Their vibrant designs combine quirky patterns with traditional methods and the result is truly contemporary homeware. Cold days in the quarry don’t stop the duo who are fuelled by hot coffee and new ideas.
These Welsh wonders have worked their magic with our design brief and have created a craft apron fit for even the most discerning designer.
The Folksy Collection is a long term project which will see exclusive products from Folksy designers added throughout the next year. It’s a great new way of promoting the talented makers we have on the site and we are very proud to be able to showcase some of them in this new and exciting way.