Newsletter No 8
It’s been a very long and busy week, which has seen me nose to screen for most of it, sadly. I guess I am not the only one who is having to come to terms with changes, having now been away from the shop for two months, in some ways it feels longer. My work on the website is now almost complete but my attention is now being focused on delivering that service safely and effectively by offering a click and collect service as well as a postal option. I hope to be able to give the opening date next week and may well be asking for some help in getting that information out once everything is signed off. We have effectively made around 90% of the shop available and will continue to update it monthly with new and existing products. My one outstanding task in the shop is to change the window display, so if you are passing and see me wrestling with the shop contents, just smile and wave please don’t put me on YouTube.
And so to the list, which is rich and varied
Creativity & Well Being Week runs form 18th – 24th May with the focus this year being ‘Positive Futures’. Needless to say there is a website and there are numerous ideas and ways you can get involved at
http://creativityandwellbeing.org.uk/ (May not be live until Monday 18th May)
The V&A Museum have been churning out fabulous things to get involved in and the list includes:
Download a free pattern to sew a ‘huipiles’, a sleeveless tunic made popular by Frida Khalo at
If you have ever wondered what goes into making a handbag, then here is neat little video featuring Candice Lau and her process
If knitting is more your bag, then there are several free 1940’s patters available to download and a lovely article about them at
The V & A also want to build a collection of handmade signs and posters created during lock down, so if you have any photos or have a seen a sign that struck you as being memorable you can email them an image to firstname.lastname@example.org or share images on social media using #homemadesigns
North Yorkshire Open Studios would normally be a an event where visitors could enjoy visiting various artists studios, but like so many other events that has been moved to an online platform over the weekends of the 6th & 7th June and 13th & 14th June. Each of the artist will upload a video about their work and studio and you can find the schedule and more details of the event here https://www.facebook.com/NorthYorkshireOpenStudios/
Staying with artists, Jacqueline Quinn a regular at Happy Planet, has joined the #artistspledge, which is an international response to the difficulties facing artists and makers now exhibitions and events are cancelled and their opportunities to sell work are very limited. The idea is that an artist agrees to sell their work at prices under £200 and when they reach their target they buy work from other artists for £200. Jacqueline is a Whitley Bay painter and printmaker and has been selling work which you can find detail of below, with prices from £25. Having reached her target she is now donating any further purchases to the George Street Social, in Newcastle, who have been providing over 400 meals a week for people struggling in the current climate. You can find Jacqueline’s works for sale here
From Northumbria Healthcare NHS Trust:-
Spread the word – help needed at our PPE factory (in Cramlington). Do you know anyone who might join our newly created PPE Manufacturing Team to help fight against Coronavirus? We have an urgent requirement for experienced sewing machinists to join our team as bank staff, NHS AfC: Band 2. They will be joining a newly created team of skilled machinists who are supporting us to urgently manufacture PPE for our front-line staff. We need people with previous experience of working in a fast-paced, industrial, production environment. Experience using a range of machines, including over lockers, flatbed and lock stitch. These are immediate and urgent vacancies so, if you know anyone who might be able to help please ask them to get in touch. The job reference is: 319-2420142TL. More details here
The Royal Academy of the arts invites you to join them this Sunday for a free screening of the documentary ‘Manet: Portraying Life’! Originally released in cinemas, this Exhibition On Screen film takes you back in time to visit the Royal Academy’s 2013 ‘Manet: Portraying Life’ exhibition, one of our most visited shows of all time.
Take a trip to 19th-century Paris where the story of this modern master unfolds — and peep behind the scenes at the RA, as the curators prepared to tell his story in this major show. You can watch live on Sunday at 5pm here
or alternatively the show will remain on Facebook after premiering, and can also be found on their YouTube channel.
If you prefer to listen than watch how about a wander through the ‘Nature Garden’, a weekly podcast featuring nature paths, river banks and beaches, through woods and wetlands, parks and gardens… and a chance to look at all things Northumbrian, gardening and nature. https://www.buzzsprout.com/895741/3729536?fbclid=IwAR0zJFY_zvbTphUH3C41N1SYlYABva800_ulVAhMU3n16oEsFs_BnxO-wyk
Staying with nature and adding a bit of science, the Woodland Trust have a great page to show you how to build a simple wormery here
They also have a pageful of crafty ideas for young children here https://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/blog/2020/05/nature-activities-for-kids-to-do-at-home-part-6/
Chelsea flower show, reputedly the best in the world and jewel in the crown of the RHS, is going virtual from the 18th May (Monday). For six days in May look out for a celebration of the essence of Chelsea. We’re working with our friends and partners across the industry to bring the very best of gardens, plants and products. Well-known garden designers, florists and gardening personalities share new videos and inspirational articles with top design tips, favourite planting combinations and gardening trends. Find out more:
The final offering this week comes from the Fair Trade Foundation, who are offering a short film to show children and adults the Fair Trade journey, the choice we have and how we can empower farmers and workers. To accompany the film there is a downloadable education resource pack for children aged 5 – 11 yrs.
As always, #staysafe and #staywell