1970The Folly Cove Designers donated all their materials to the Cape Ann Museum after the death of Virginia Lee Burton.People and Communities, Arts and Culture, Women's History, Art

Cape Ann Historical Association – Correspondence w/FCD (1969-1974). The Folly Cove Designers Collection, Box 4, Folder 1, Cape Ann Museum Library & Archives, Gloucester, MA.
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The Folly Cove Designers created a unique experiment in cooperative art making. The Designers took everyday life and turned it into wonderful, engaging, elegant, humorous, and beautiful forms, and were accessible but sophisticated in their craft. Neither hobbyists nor business people, their cooperative was modeled on medieval guilds set up to share materials costs and marketing.

After Virginia Lee Burton Demetrios’s death in 1968, the group collectively decided to stop selling their designs under the name Folly Cove Designers and donated all their materials to the Cape Ann Museum.

Goodwin, Deborah L., Folly Cove Designers: Designer-Craftsmen 1938-1969; Folly Cove Designers: A Retrospective, Cape Ann Historical Association, Exhibition Catalogue, 1982 “Works by Folly Cove Designers.” Cape Ann Museum, https://www.capeannmuseum.org/collections/folly-cove-designers/.
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