It's not very often that you get the chance to say, "Cor! Look at the legs on that Klimt sheep!", but Saturday was one of those times! Jo from Glassprimitif organised a Folksy gathering in Keighley's only gallery (please correct me if I'm wrong!) the KAF. Keighley Arts Factory (as it is otherwise known) is a fantastic space and nine Folksy sellers were given the opportunity to sell their handmade work amongst the latest exhibit – a flock of fantastic sheep all painted in the style of famous artists! Kandinsky and Klimt are my definite favourites…
I've already shown you my stall, the other Folksy exhibitors were: Ruby Spirit Designs, Mrs Sew and Sew, Quernus Crafts, Angels & Butterflies, Print for Love of Wood, Adeegan, Pamdas, My Furoshiki and Swirlyarts. A great cross section of the handmade loveliness that you can but on Folksy!
It was a fantastic bit of 'social'. You don't get it in the insular world of the internet! It was really great to meet Folksy artists face to face whose work I'd already bought. It was lovely to meet the people behind the blogs that I read and to put faces to names. Everyone was absolutely fantastic and all day was an absolute pleasure!
Jo pulled out all the stops and not content with her seamless organisation, she did a spot of baking too (I'm sure that other people did some as well, but I was too busy eating cake to catch all the details – sorry! Rest assured it was all very delicious!)
After the initial cakefest, Jo hosted the first workshop, an introduction to Wax Batik. It was all very messy and great fun. Luckily no one burnt themselves on the hot wax!
After lunch, Jax from Print for Love of Wood held an introduction to Letterpress Printing. It was great to finally have a go. Ruby Spirit bought an old Adana press from eBay 18 months ago, which we still haven't got up and running, but this brief intro has really made me want to go for it! Very inspiring!
Jax brought three old printing presses with her (one was from the 1880s) which were all fully operational. I was the guinea pig and got to ink up the Adana and set some wooden type. 'Hello!' seemed to be the word of the day, so I went for that…nice and simple.
Here's my feeble attempt at printing! The paper slipped, so it's at a rather jaunty angle – rubbish – and I didn't try to sort out the kerning. I love the dirtiness of the vintage wooden type, though. I really don't think that Jax has got anything to worry about!
All in all a fantastic day! Many thanks to Jo and everyone involved in the organisation, and to everyone who turned up (and even bought prints from me!)
Here's to the next one!
Oh, and yes, the Klimt sheep really does have very good legs!