Folly Cove Designers
I’d never heard of the Folly Cove Designers until SeaSideStudio left a comment referencing them on one of my papercuts. Since then, I’ve done a bit of research, and thought I’d share it:
Folly Cove Designers was a guild of designer-craftspeople that operated for 30 years from 1938, based in Folly Cove, Massachusets. The founder and leader was an illustrator called Virginia Lee Burton, who taught amateur enthusiasts – mostly her neighbours at first – how to design and print. The group mostly concentrated on making decorative fabrics for their homes, and then started selling their prints during the summer months, with great success. Their popularity grew, and so did the demand for their work, and the Folly Cove Designers became quite famous. The image below is from a Time Life article published in June 1958, showing Virginia Lee Burton and other members meeting together. Although the group disbanded after Virginia Lee Burton (who became Demetrios after marriage) died in 1968, the Folly Cove fabrics can still be purchased from family members who have created Folly Cove Designers II, dedicated to perpetuating the group’s legacy. All images are from the Folly Cove Designers II website. I just chose the ones I really liked, but there are lots more, so check it out.
And by the way, talking of beautiful block prints, have you checked out what that clever Jesse’s been doing lately? Do yourself a favour and click here.