Frankly, The Folksy Magazine

Folksy from the inside – a four week internship by Victoria Coombs

by Folksy Intern. Average Reading Time: almost 2 minutes.

As a second year geography student interested in gaining experience in the world of PR and marketing I was thrilled to be given the opportunity to undertake an internship at Folksy. As a keen crafter I was also really interested in and inspired by the talent of many Folksy sellers.

During my four weeks at Folksy I worked on many interesting projects but perhaps the highlight was responding to PR requests in order to showcase the best of modern craft on Folksy and celebrate the beauty of British craftsmanship. Gaining an insight into the creative world of Folksy’s makers was really interesting, and hearing about their personal journeys from starting out to becoming online successes was truly inspirational. Their stories made me want to get my sewing machine out and set up my own folksy shop and I hope one day I will.

I also spent time contributing to Folky’s Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest and it was great to see people getting involved within the online community. I was also extremely impressed by the community’s response to Folksy’s request for volunteers to act as Posties. It was lovely that everyone was so keen to spread the word about Folksy and take pride in the achievements of the Folksy community thus far.

Searching through the many items listed on Folksy was really enjoyable and it was great to stumble across amazing and unusual pieces of work. Finding Ian Baird’s Hand-Built Pram Dinghy (above) was a great moment and an example of real skill and talent. It also brought back memories of the boat my grandfather taught me to row in down on the Devonshire coast.  Another of my favourite Folksy finds were Sue Greensmiths drift wood harbour scenes (below) that capture the beauty and fun of a jolly seaside town. In spite of numerous beach combing attempts I have never managed to create anything with such character (perhaps I need to spend more time at the beach).

I have learnt a lot during my time at Folksy and have really enjoyed working with a company that has values that I share and admire. I hope Folksy and the craft community at large continue to thrive and I wish every Folksy seller all the best in their creative endeavours.

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