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By Heidi Meier, Dec 3 2018 01:49PM

The last show of the 2018 season has just taken place so if you'd like to buy any original artworks, giclee prints, greetings cards or gifts, simply head over to my online shop at Folksy.

I only do a small number of shows each year, and in 2019 I will be aiming to secure a spot at the Essex Craft and Design Shows for their May Bank Holiday Show, the RHS Flower Show and the Christmas Gift Fair, all at RHS Hyde Hall in Essex. Other than this, I'll only be at Clare Priory during July.

Hope to see you at one of them in due course!

Photo is of the War Horse sculpture in the grounds of RHS Hyde Hall. A fabulous setting for a fabulous sculpture. Squint and you can just see it on the horizon!

By Heidi Meier, Oct 17 2018 08:15AM

If you love to buy people hand crafted cards, then a visit to Folksy, the online website that is home to thousands of small art and craft businesses in the UK, will soon get you hooked. There really is something for all tastes and occasions.

Most people offer personalisation - you just need to contact the shop owner and ask them.

I specialise in hand crafted cards that are made from combinations of textiles and cardstock, with other embellishments. For those once in a lifetime occasions, I hope my cards give the recipient something that you cannot get form the traditional high street card retailers. They may cost more - although craxzily that's not always the case - (prices range from £2.25 up to £12.95) but when the card can be framed after the Big Day, and becomes a lasting heirloom keepsake, then they are remarkable value for money!

My favourites are my wedding range (although many are just as suitable for a milestone birthday or an anniversary):

Folksy is a great place to shop for something which is truly original, and by shopping there it supports a multitude of artists and crafters up and down the country. My shop address is here - if you register on the site and favourite my shop, you get to see all my new designs too!

There are all sorts of styles to choose from, so to give you a flavour, here are some cards from people I regularly chat with online:

Brenda hand paints her cards and there are a variety of styles in her shop to chose from - this is one of my favourites currently. Click on her name to visit her shop.

Carol has many lovely cards to choose from but it's her parchment cards which I love the best. Click on her name to visit her shop.

Tina is a painter and her cards are beautiful. Very delicate and perfect for framing - how can you find anything like this is your local shop?! Click her name to visit her shop.

And if you love textiles, but there's nothing in my shop which grabs your atention, there are many more people, such as Hannah who creates these beautiful mini masterpieces. Click on her name to visit her shop.

So all in all, Folksy will have the perfect hand crafted card for you! Enjoy browsing and let me know how you get on!!

By Heidi Meier, Mar 31 2018 03:00AM

From 31 March to 10 June 2018, I will be exhibiting my textile artworks at the Naze Tower, Old Hall Lane, Walton-on-the-Naze.

I have a sole exhibition on the 5th floor, and you can see around 25-30 of my textile artworks close at hand! These include: The Fox and the Spectacular Moon, Bullfinch and Cherry Blossom and Beach Hut.

The Fox and the Spectacular Moon
The Fox and the Spectacular Moon

Bullfinch with Cherry Blossom

Beach Huts

In fact, if you like the Beach Hut artwork, you can also have a go at making your own textile Beach Hut, at the workshop on 18 May, which promises to be great fun! Book direct at the venue (Naze Centre).

Other artists include David Marshall (paintings), who also has a sole show, and Dave Clarke (photographs), Jane Watson (collage and paintings), Lynette Singers (paintings and prints), Fiona Harman (sculpture), Miranda Boxhall (paintings), The Skiving Scholar (jewellery and photographs) and Louise Pettersson (ceramics, jewellery and Leather masks).

The exhibition runs until 10 June 2018.

By Heidi Meier, Nov 17 2017 11:59AM

I thought you might be interested in a glimpse at my workroom, given it's just been decorated and is now at the very tidiest it will EVER be!!

It's decorated in Farrow & Ball's 'Wimborne White' (Wimborne in Dorset is coincidentally where some of my closest family live!!).

There are still too many boxes around for my liking but once I have disposed of some of my older artworks, I will be paring down the number of boxes and ultimately the idea is to have most of my stores and stocks in cupboards or hidden under the big table.

I do my sewing on a desk, which is actually a Studybed, which folds out to become a double bed when needed.

There's plenty of work room and I am going to resist the temptation to put 'stuff' on there, and keep it to just sewing machine, cotton reels and current project...

I also have a large table where some of my fabric scraps are kept in clear drawers, alongside other stashes such as embelishments, inks, and so on.

I've left a nice clear space on the worktable so that I can cut larger pieces of fabric, or set out projects such as keyring making or card-making. Like most creative people, I tend to work on a number of projects concurrently, which can sometimes lead to a challenging use of space!!

I also have a chest of drawers and a small cupboard, where I store packaging, fabrics, pens, books, sketches, paperwork, tools, trimmings and more fabric!

At some point I will get a hanging rail system, so that I can display some current original artworks on the walls and add a bit of colour. But for now, I can't wait to start on my next project!

By Heidi Meier, Nov 11 2017 02:09PM

Today I thought I’d chat to you about Folksy and why it would be great if more people knew about Folksy.

Folksy is an online shopping platform, where thousands of small micro businesses and gifted amateurs run their own mini-shops. Absolutely everything in these stores is created by the shop owners using a multitude and art and craft skills. You can find anything from a textile greetings card, a beautiful hand made ceramic bowl, a piece of fine art or piece of gorgeous hand worked jewellery.

Some people have heard of Etsy, which is a similar American marketplace. Folksy is 100% British and only people who are based in the UK are allowed to open up shop on Folksy. So it’s great if you want to buy British.

(Above - original textile artwork from Heidi Meier Textiles £35 plus p&p)

Many people have heard of NotOnTheHighStreet.com, which is a slicker version of Etsy, but where mass produced goods sit alongside handmade stuff. Curiously, many things on NOTH are actually available to buy on the High Street, but that’s another story...

On Folksy, it’s all about handmade, and it’s not curated. This means the ‘professional’ artisan who pays their mortgage from their online sales sits alongside the talented amateur who just loves to create things. So all the photos may not be professionally staged and shot, but if you want something custom made that’s 100% unique to you or the gift recipient, you can bet they can do that for you too.

On a political note (as I do love my politics!), if you supported Brexit then what better way to show allegiance to your fellow British makers by buying cards, gifts and personal indulgences via Folksy, and if you voted to remain in the EU what better way to ensure British small businesses are given a helping hand through the current turbulent transition. Buying British, even in a small way, is a great way to support your country.

Every purchase makes a big difference to these micro shops. When a big corporate shop makes a sale, they probably don’t do a little dance or shriek ‘Yay!’. But the shop owners of Folksy do – some do a little jig, some jump up and down and some get happy as they realize maybe they can afford that extra treat for their family now.

So can you buy everything you could ever possibly need from Folksy? No. If you want cheap TVs, books, CDs and other lovely stuff, then I think you’d be better off at Amazon or one of the other big high street players.

But, if you are looking for handmade items that are sold by the people who have actually made them, then Folksy is your first port of call.

To help you, you can look in the Gift Guides, or Folksy’s Favourite Finds or just use the old fashioned search categories!

My online shop is on Folksy, and I’m trying to raise the profile of Folksy. If everyone who reads this blog bookmarks the site and then next time you are looking for a card, a gift or want to buy something lovely for yourself, why not go to Folksy.

And if you find something gorgeous to buy, you can also have the knowledge that someone somewhere is doing a little dance and values your sale!

Happy shopping! Xxx

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