Folksy Summer School

Offering sound advice, idyllic surroundings and local ice cream, online craft seller Folksy’s Summer School weekend looks to be the perfect place to learn, meet like-minded craft-types and generally have a lovely time.

Folksy Summer School
Folksy Summer School

The event takes place next month in a charming woodland setting near Sheffield, and is aimed at designers and makers, with demonstrations in skills such as screen-printing, lino cutting and sewing.

Throughout the two-day event, a number of expert speakers will be hosting talks that look help designers and makers make the most of their talents.

Yarnbombing will be happening throughout the weekend
Yarnbombing will be happening throughout the weekend

Design Week editor Angus Montgomery will be talking about the best way to get noticed in the press; while other talks will focus on branding, craft trends, marketing, blogging and how best to go about selling online.

There’s also a product photography workshop running throughout the weekend to help makers showcase their pieces as best they can.

Folksy’s Camilla Westergaard is running the event, and says it aims to give a ‘basic introductory snapshot’ of all the things designer/makers need to consider.

The view from the picnic lawn at the event site
The view from the picnic lawn at the event site

‘When you start your own creative business, whether it’s handmade or design or anything on that spectrum, you need a lot of advice’, says Westergaard.

‘We wanted it to be a bit of a weekend away – a lot of creative people don’t necessarily want just a big sit-down conference. Also, as Folksy is an online marketplace, it’s a good way of getting to meet everyone.’

Folksy Summer School takes place on 9 and 10 August at Woodland Discovery Centre, Ecclesall Woods, Abbey Lane, Sheffield S7. For more information and tickets visit http://summerschool.folksy.com

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