Since 2010 Folly&Glee have been on a mission to re-vive, re-purpose and re-vamp your lighting. It’s great to see traditional handsewn lampshades back in fashion. We make all the wire frames here in Sussex so every time I spot an unusual old lampshade – however badly beaten up it is I always make a template of the frame. Our grandparents made the lampshades for their home themselves. Those skills were in danger of being lost so I’m delighted to be teaching a new generation of shade-makers. Our DIY lampshade sewing kits are proving a great success too.Customers were always asking if I had lamps too so we now offer a complete re-furbishment service including re-painting, polishing and re-wiring with a funky coloured silk flex. You’d be amazed what makes a fantastic lamp – recent commissions include pendants from vintage colanders and jelly moulds, table lamps from crystal decanters and floor lamps from wooden shoe lasts. We cover lampshades in customer’s own fabric- including unusual requests such as a wedding dress silk- but my first love will always be original mid-century cotton barkcloths. The wonderful nubby texture and intensity of colour just can’t be replicated by modern fabrics.