Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Failure is an option

Image from National Geographic
(found in dentists)

Even though it was boiling outside and the weather app was predicting a 14 c day. We FOLK layered on the knitwear and headed off to the Selvedge Winter Fair with our cargo of felted slippers, gloves and bobble hats. Five hours later drenched in sweat and gasping we joined the Merchant and Mills team, resplendent in sleeveless dresses for aperitifs' outside Nell's on the Kings Road, Chelsea.
The following weekend, not to be caught out, we triumphed at the Remodelista sale with Leah Fusco's shipwreck paintings and Ted's beautiful beeswax candles, no knitwear in sight.

Mast from Leah Fusco's shipwreck series

Last week, again, found us in London at the HAND sale in Notting Hill where we spent copious amounts of cash on gorgeous Kirsten Hecktermann's hand dyed velvet cushions, ogled the RAM jewellery and succumbed to the biggest chopping board ever fashioned from a single piece of Elm from Stuart Paterson Antiques and Objects. Now home, all hands are on deck for this weekends sale at Great Dixter House and Garden. This year we will be joined in the Yeomans hall by;
Persephone books, Merchant and Mills, Gill Fox millenary, Freight by Helene Adamcchweskis, Martha and Ed's Jam, Warp and Weft Styling, and Coban Rugs along with many other local artisans.

Painting of Roux by Leah Fusco

We will also have hand fashioned dog collars and leads by master Sadler, Nicola Watson, and you will be able to order a portrait of your favourite hound by Leah Fusco. The grounds will be open for a lovely winter stroll hopefully in mist, or a dusting of frost....

Sunday, October 12, 2014

October Already

A splendid vehicle outside Wayward

October already and we FOLK have been gainfully employed by our friends at Wayward to help them get some order into their awe inspiring collection of buttons, ribbons, lace etc., gathered from all over Europe and beyond, some dating back to 1900 (see The World of Interiors March 2013). A slightly overwhelming task.

Rolls of fabric photo from World of Interiors March 2013

This finds us prowling the streets of St Leonards, a truly beautiful place,designed by the architect James Burton between 1827- 1837 and his son Decimus who added further buildings around the 1850's. The town was originally conceived as a resort for the wealthy and it became instantly popular with royalty and aristocracy who loved its grand villas coupled with a hint of Scottish baronial.

photo google images
Nowadays crumbling plaster, groups of dodgy looking people collapsed on the corner, interesting shops and galleries and regeneration of its amazing buildings, all against a backdrop of the ever changing sea scape make it for us, quite charming and strangely uplifting.

I wish I wouldn't keep seeing house's I want to buy.

The little window in the tower, for glancing one eyed at the sea...

Meanwhile back in the village...

We FOLK must spend every spare moment preparing for the Selvedge Winter Fair
This season we have some new products and we are just about to receive delivery of soft felted ponchos, from Ceceille, unpack the coloured hand dipped dinner candles and upload some new images to the Folk at home store.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Lovely as it is

We FOLK would rather be in Capri, Naples, or anywhere really

Distance stone spotted near Rye

as, this August, we have been lurking around FOLK HQ waiting for the Arctic wind to blow away the storm clouds.

Camber Sands

Even our annual trip to The Giffords Circus has been postponed to September.

The painter Heinrich Hoerle at the Cologne Rag Ball 1930 photo August Sander

So my obsession with knitting has begun unseasonably early.
Annie Neil's lambs wool wrist warmers have arrived and are available online at the FOLK at home store

Photo by John Bentham

and I am busy cultivating my obsession with bobble hats, which seems to be reaching a crescendo.
Not one of mine, wish it was, son no 1 found this gorgeous specimen online. Source unknown.

So we have been busy working away collecting Autumn stock for our appearance at the Decorative Living Fair Chelsea Town Hall alongside our friends from Butlers Emporium Hastings and finalising the designers and makers who will be joining us in the Yeomans Hall at Great Dixter this November. 

Friday, August 1, 2014


We Folk are suffering from PFB or post festival blues...

The view to the estuary

So I thought  I would share some photographs with you.

Night time was magical

A beautiful girl in a blue cloak

Drinks by the water at sunset or dawn

Larking about in the mud

A merry time was had by all..


Sunday, July 6, 2014

Do you think

Photo of illustration from google images

Do you think I was a lizard in another life? I asked one sultry day, as I basked smothering myself in a mixture of olive and lemon juice (my mothers answer to factor 50). 
"We were all lizards at one time my dear, " retorted husband in a moment of Darwinian majesty.

It feels more like August than late June [ bit late in posting this] here in East Sussex the wheat already beginning to turn yellow, the grass all dry and the earth cracking in the orchards where the hound and I take our daily stroll.

Whoa, It's a jungle out there...

Sunday, June 8, 2014

As a stylist

 I wandered around the streets of London picking up a dress here a jumper there, but the longer I spend in the country the weirder my dress sense seems to be becoming.

Photography by Chris Parker from Hastings Jack-in-the-green calendar 2014 available from Lucy Bell- fine art photography gallery

This month we Folk have been collaborating with amazing yoga teacher Victoria Eldon whose yoga/mediation classes take place in her beautiful hidden garden.

Vicks' classes are not about contorting yourself into some extraordinary position but more about learning how to place your foot truly on the ground, connecting with Earth, becoming still and emptying your mind, an almost impossible task. The yoga classes end with us sitting sipping tea usually a hedgerow concoction from her garden mint, nettle and chatting. One has to practically drag one self away.

So we thought why not make this a whole special yoga day. Meditation, lunch, talk all in a specially chosen location.
We will be initially running four days a year starting with Summer wild yoga. This day is fully booked but we will keep you posted on our next day and location.

In the mean time we FOLK have been busying ourselves with sourcing a collection for the Port Eliot festival, and getting pretty excited about the interesting bits and pieces we have discovered.....

Monday, March 31, 2014

April Fool

Photograph of snowdrops from Monty Dons Gardening at Long Meadow

It all started with an invitation to visit Alice in Stone 
"Come and see the snowdrops before they disappear she enthused"
After strolling around her beautiful garden I decided enough was enough, time to tackle the shipping container, rubble, and general debris that passes for a garden at Folk HQ.
I attacked this task with an unleashed fervour.
After three days in intensive care and from the comfort of my hospital bed I realised the task needed a little more than unbridled enthusiasm  ( perhaps a man with a digger, or a small boy desperate for pocket money )

Perfect bedtime reading, Monty Don Gardening at Long Meadow

I am not sure whether I am more interested in Monty Don's clothes or the plants...

Needless to say we FOLK will sadly not be exhibiting at the Selvedge Spring Fair this April but will be gathering our strength for an appearance at Port Eliot this summer along with our friends at Ancient Industries who will be giving a talk.
The theme of this years event is strangely  The Garden...
More of this later but in the meantime do not forget to visit Great Dixters' Spring Plant Fair this weekend.


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