Purple Faye Online Shop on Folksy

You can now buy a select range of Purple Faye products from the Purple Faye shop on Folksy:


Click the link above or you can go on purplefaye.co.uk and click on the shop tab

Products include ready made 3D Acrylic Paintings, Kits to make your own 3D Picture and a range of sizes so you  can order your own bespoke 3D Acrylic Painting to be made for you by Purple Faye.

About Folksy

Folksy is a place to buy and sell hand crafted or designed work from UK designer-makers based on the edge of the beautiful Peak District national park in Sheffield, UK.

Why do we ‘do’ Folksy? We mainly do it because we believe in:

  1. Craft skills. We love craft and design skills, the process by which people use their creativity and talent to make beautiful work. Most of all, we love making.
  2. Strength in numbers. Professional, portfolio and hobbyist designer-makers can reach a mainstream audience, test markets and grow their business more effectively on Folksy rather than through costly galleries and boutique shops.
  3. Cottage industries. Small scale production and handmade goods offer ways to be creative, manage resources effectively and support local economies.
  4. Meritocracy. Any designer-maker can list their work as long as it is hand crafted (no vintage or mass manufactured work is allowed). This creates a meritocracy where great work from hobbyists can rub shoulders with the best from established professional crafters. The work should stand for itself.
  5. David not Goliath. 🙂

Folksy is run by James Boardwell and has been since it started in 2008. The inspiration for Folksy came from seeing the energy in the craft communities in the UK as well as North America and Australia in the early 2000s. At the same time the web was offering ways to crowd source solutions to problems and James, having worked in researching and designing digital services for the BBC decided to build a great place for people to showcase and sell their craft work.

Folksy launched in summer 2008, employed its first member of staff in 2009 and has since risen to become the most popular UK site for independently crafted and designed gifts and supplies with over £1 million in sales and a community of 13,000 or so designer makers and a bazillion* buyers.

(*OK, not a bazillion – how much is a bazillion anyway? – but a lot). Find out more here


Free Listings Weekend

This bank holiday weekend Folksy are offering 20 free listings, plus you get 3 free when you first set up a store with them too, so that is why I now have 23 things in my Folksy shop.

We’ll see how it goes, I may add more things to it or try somewhere else. Where do you use and recommend?


A selection of my work is still in The Picture Box Gallery in Wakefield available to buy:

14 Northgate, Wakefield, WF1 3AA

Open Mon-Sat


You can still buy from me directly too, just email me at info@purplefaye.co.uk

If you are local and wish to buy and collect from me at my Pontefract studio (save on the costly postage prices) just let me know so we can arrange it.


Which way do you prefer to buy from me?

  1. Order by Email
  2. In Person (from Pontefract Studio)
  3. Online Store
  4. From the Wakefield Gallery
  5. Some other way

I really appreciate any feedback you can give me about this.


Enjoy the rest of the bank holiday weekend,

Take Care,

Purple Faye x



Purple Faye 3D Acrylic Paintings at Wakefield Chantry Chapel as part of the Art Walk on Wednesday May 25th

On Wednesday the 25th of May (2016) Purple Faye will have an exhibition of her 3D Acrylic Paintings at the Chantry Chapel in Wakefield (on the bridge near the Hepworth gallery see address further below).

This will be part of the Wakefield ArtWalk and starts at 5pm and finishes at 9pm. (see artwalk.org.uk for further details of venues participating)

It will be your chance to take a look at the “Ponte Project” and “Planes and Trains” collections and talk to the artist. There will also be a selection of other 3D Acrylic Paintings available for sale which you can buy directly from the artist along with being able to commission and order your very own unique 3D Acrylic Painting to be made specially for you.

I really hope you can make it on Wednesday 25th May,


Chantry Chapel of St Mary the Virgin
Chantry Bridge Industrial Estate
West Yorkshire
Find out more about Chantry Chapel on the website
(Photographs by Brian Holding)

Looking forward to seeing you there.

Take care,

Purple Faye x


How I made the Pontefract “Buttercross and St Giles Church” 3D Acrylic Painting

Here’s how I made the Pontefract “Buttercross and St Giles Church” 3D Acrylic Painting

Here’s a video of it, on my youtube channel: youtube.com/purplefayecouk

About the Pontefract Buttercross and St Giles Church 

The focal point of Pontefract town centre, in the market place, is the Buttercross, which was built in 1734.

As the inscription on the south side states, the Buttercross was “Erected by Mrs Elizabeth Dupier, relict of Solomon Dupier, gentleman, in a cheerful and generous compliance with his benevolent intention, 1734”

When first constructed, the Buttercross had a flat roof surrounded by a balustrade but this was replaced by the present hipped roof at a cost of £46-3-10d during August and September 1763. Such covered market crosses were common during the eighteenth century but the Buttercross is a much more substantial structure than most others and is unusual in its rectangular plan. It continued to fulfil its original function as a market shelter for farmers wives with their baskets of dairy produce well into the 20th century but other more extraordinary transactions have taken place at the Buttercross during its existence such as wife selling.

Behind the Buttercross is situated St. Giles Church, which was built in the first few years of the 12′h century as a chapel-of-ease to All Saints’ Church, but due to the ruin of All Saints, Saint Giles became the Parish Church in 1789.

The Grade II listed building with its unique octagonal tower visible for miles around, proclaims the Glory of God to the people of Pontefract and its many visitors.

There has been some sort of religious building on the site since at least the 12th Century, although today’s building is generally associated with Georgian architecture.

(Find out more at pontefractus.co.uk)


If you have any questions or would like to comment then please do so below or email me at info@purplefaye.co.uk


Till next time,

Take care

Purple Faye x