There's something joyful and summery about folk art patterns. The exuberant colors and shapes seem to say "Let's have a party!". Modern interpretations of folk art in fresh colors and materials are a fun way to introduce these classics to your home. You can find them on everything from prints and pottery to jewelry and fabric.
I've collected here some inspiring examples from shops on Etsy. Follow the links to find out more about the artists and their products. Let them inspire your weekend plans!
As you can see from the examples above, there are lots of ways you can add folk art pieces to your life. These patterns really sing against a mid-century or modern decor look. It can also be a playful way to add your heritage to your child's room.
If you are intrigued by folk art there are lots of books devoted to the subject. A search for folk art on Google images will lead you to many artists and ideas to explore, from coloring books and contemporary artists to museums to add to your next vacation. Or get specific with your search terms and look up "Swedish folk art dishes" or "folk art toys" or "French folk art" for inspiration. You can even find step-by-step demonstrations of folk art style painting and collage on YouTube.
One of the best folk art museums I've ever visited is in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The Museum of International Folk Art has an extensive collection of folk toys and artifacts from all over the world. You can read about my visit and see my photos here.