Hello! We’ve been thinking about ways we can support you all through these tricky times, as well as ways we can help people stuck at home, and come up with a few ideas. Could you let us know if you’d be interested, if and how you think they could work or if you have any other brilliant strokes of inspiration? Thank you!
Run a series of online workshops. These would be led by Folksy sellers, possibly using materials people are likely to already have in their houses or alternatively as kits that can be purchased in their Folksy shops. The workshops could either be run as live webinars which we host (and which would be available afterwards too), or as Instagram/Facebook Live sessions or as YouTube videos. They could be free or there could be an option to donate to the workshop leader?
We host some online craft fairs, possibly arranged by region (eg Nottingham) or a theme (eg Easter). We could set up dedicated pages on Folksy with items from sellers who want to take part, and groups on the forum and hubs on Instagram with the sellers for each fair. Then, on the day of the craft fair, we could promote items from the virtual stalls social media and possibly go live on Instagram or Facebook with some of the “stallholders” for studio tours or interviews? We’ve also been talking to Pedddle about collaborating with them on an online craft fair, so that could be an option too.
Skillsharing. We could set up some sort of skillsharing network where people who have the time and want to learn a new skill trade their skills with other people. For example, you offer to teach people how to crochet a planter, and ask people what they can offer or teach you in exchange. We’re not sure how or where this would be hosted but it would be good to know if the idea is interesting in principle!