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Etsy and Tate’s craft workshops at Field Day festival 2014

Jun 10, 2014

by Natalie Wall

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Take two Etsy UK sellers, one exciting new exhibition at the Tate, add a generous helping of festival fun and what do you get? A day of drop-in British Folk Art workshops at Field Day Festival, that’s what!

Etsy and Tate craft workshops at Field Day festival

To celebrate their latest exhibition, British Folk Art (10th June – 31st August 2014), Tate Britain and Etsy UK pitched up at Field Day on Saturday to show festival-goers how to make some folky crafts of their own. Susan from Little Brown Dog led a workshop in putting together the perfect peg dolls (SO cute!), while Rachel of Oh No Rachio showed us how to create cool geometric Himmeli sculptures. Though the day may have got off to a rainy start (thunder and lightning, anyone?), our spirits couldn’t be dampened (mainly due to the fact our tent-neighbours were the glamorous Dalston Darlings from the WI, so we had an endless supply of tea and cake – hurrah!).

Etsy and Tate craft workshops at Field Day festival

By early afternoon, the sun was shining and our tent was a-heaving with people getting crafty while being serenaded by the sweet tunes of Simian Mobile Disco, Courtney Barnett and Ghost Poet et al. Oh, and a traditional brass band. Rachel’s Himmeli ornaments turned out to be the perfect festival fashion accessories, with people wearing them in hair or dangling them from their bags.

Etsy and Tate craft workshops at Field Day festival
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Meanwhile, Susan’s peg-dolls became a real labour of love for some festival folk, who spent ages sticking on individual threads of yarn for hair and trying not to let the cider shakes affect the painstaking painting of facial features. There were some really pretty peggies, as well as bearded mermaids (sure), 70s-style fellas, beehived beauties and a sort of zombie guy. But who are we to stand in the way of creativity?

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People seemed pretty pleased with their mini works of art, and we have to say, there was a lot of talent in the Tate tent that day!

Etsy and Tate craft workshops at Field Day festival

Time flies while you’re having fun being crafty, and before we knew it, it was time to pack up (this was more challenging on Susan’s table, which looked like an explosion in a haberdashery shop by the end of proceedings) and head off into Victoria Park as the sun started to set.

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Festivals, fun and folk art – what more could you want? We had a blast, and hope to make a return visit next year.

Etsy and Tate craft workshops at Field Day festival

If you’re feeling inspired and missed out, you should also get yourself down to Tate Britain to check out the amazing British Folk Art exhibition for yourself.


Huge Etsy thanks go to:

Our wonderful sellers for their passion, skill and non-stop crafting at Field Day!

Rachel from Oh No Rachio, who you can find blogging at ohnorachio.com and tweeting @ohnorachio. Susan from Little Brown Dog Workshop, who you can find blogging at littlebrowndoguk.blogspot.co.uk and tweeting @littlebrowndog1.

The lovely team at the Tate. The folk at Field Day Festival.

And the Weather Gods for being kind to us (eventually)!

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