Thursday 22 July 2010

no peace.campain.

·Get your work seen by key figures from the field of arts and design, in the media and online

·Win a £500 arts grant

·Support a creative new campaign for women and peace

This summer, GAPS UK is running a creative competition to generate materials for an exciting new campaign on women and peace.

All over the world in conflict situations, women are a prime target. Yet when it comes to building peace, women are not at the table.
That’s our message. We want people to see it, understand it and act on it. And that’s where we need you.

We need your skills to send the message out.

The format is up to you: videos, posters, animations, paintings, sculptures, illustrations…

Get your work seen.

By taking part, you’ll have the chance to put your work in front of the eyes of a jury of respected figures from the arts and design including artists Cathy Wilkes and Nigel Cooke. More judges to be confirmed. The best entries will become part of the No women, no peace. campaign and gain exposure online, in the media and at public events. The winning piece will be presented to the UK’s Foreign Secretary and the winner will receive a £500 arts grant!

Join the competition.

Visit to register to receive an application pack when the competition opens shortly. Closing date for entries is 31st August 2010.

Help spread the word.

Please forward this message to your contacts, link to our website or help to distribute our posters and flyers. We’re also on facebook and Twitter.

About us.

The campaign is run by GAPS UK (Gender Action for Peace and Security), a network whose members include:

Amnesty International UK, CARE International UK, International Alert, Oxfam GB, WOMANKIND Worldwide and Women for Women International UK.

Natalie Sharples - Campaigns and Outreach Officer

No women, no peace. Campaign
Gender Action for Peace and Security (GAPS UK)
+44 (0) 207 922 7776

Go to to register for our creative competition and become one of the first No women, no peace. activists.

July's Designer Makers...

Join us on Saturday the 31st of July for our monthly craft market!
Here's the list of the guys and gals that will be with us in Beautiful Interiors...
La Terra
Twinkle Twinkle Crafts
Ellen Mair
Bo Bangles
Edwyn UK
Peppermint Twist
French & English Confectioner's
Linda Green Ceramics
Creme Anglaise
Lady Pirates
Amanda Louise
Consumer revolt
Let them eat cake

Wednesday 14 July 2010

Fancy living in Berlin rent free for 3 months? Talk to Art Quest...

"Mein Got"...Art Quest have launched a competition for a residency in Berlin open to all artists and crafts people. I would go myself if I hadn't agreed to a few projects and hadn't prior commitments...
I'm so tempted to just drop everything. I miss Berlin so much...I had a stint living as a Berliner in 1989 just before the wall came down and I have to say the energy is very special and conductive to great creativity!
If I had known about it a few months ago I would have jumped at the chance!!!

Here's what you need to know:

This is an opportunity for a London-based visual arts or crafts practitioner at any stage of their career to live and make new work in one of Europe's most dynamic and exciting cities, providing a free live/work studio for 3 months, return air fare and a £1200 bursary.

This residency is open to any practicing London based visual arts or crafts practitioner at any stage of their career. Artists may not apply if they are currently students (i.e. following a course of study in a school, a college or a university).


Application is via email. Please send your completed applications to by 6pm Tuesday 27 July 2010.
Late applications cannot be accepted under any circumstances. Please read the application guidelines and notes (please refer to the website)before making your application. Please note that applications not adhering to these guidelines cannot be considered.

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Tuesday 13 July 2010

Support your local roller derby team - the creative way!

As you all know by now, as well as being a craft tutor I'm also a roller girl with the London Rockin' Rollers, skating under the name of Trixie Minx. If the blood, sweat and (other peoples') tears of being an actual roller girl isn't quite your thing (or if you're a boy and therefore physcially can't be a roller girl) then there is still a way that you can help out and share in the glamour of it all.

The London Rockin' Rollers are an entirely volunteer run league. Every bout that we put on in York Hall in Bethnal Green, each fundraiser we host and all the associated flyers, posters and other promotion (and much much more) is done by a team of tireless volunteers.

We are currently looking for people who might like to design our bout programmes and flyers in return for advert space in the programme and web links as well as credits, exposure and of course the undying love of 50 roller girls, which can never be a bad thing!

If you're an illustrator/graphic designer/creative artworker who knows their way around a mac and have experience of getting artwork to print on a deadline and you're interested in getting involved with the London Rockin' Rollers in this way then please contact Bloody Valentine on

You can visit our website and find out more about our league and roller derby in general here:

Lisa Margreet

Monday 5 July 2010

Pin ups!

If you're still a little depressed about our nations dreadful football display never fear as help is at hand.
Carlos Garde-Martin has just released his first set of badges called Pin Ups on the Soupa Emporium.

At £3.50 a pack they are a bargain! You can also buy 2 packs for £6.00 saving even more.

A little bit about the artist:
Carlos Garde-Martin is an exciting illustrator with a fresh approach. He is able to develop unique and conceptually strong solutions to briefs. Combined with his fantastic drawing ability, that makes him one to watch in 2010.

Carlos grew up in a typical new town in the south of England. Uninspired by his surroundings Carlos turned to creating his own reality. He infuses his tremendous knack for drawing with many influences. Some of which are graffiti, Spanish comics, toys, 80's cartoons, and early video games.

Now living in the sunny seaside town of Brighton with his young family Carlos enjoys creating unique and bespoke art work for editorial, publishing and advertising clients.

You might recognize Carlos work from our zine...we're really stoked that he did some illustration work for us and we can't say it enough...thank you!!!

Cut- Cick!!!

We're very pleased to plug the first Cut-Click printed issue!
We love CUT-CLICK and we think it's due time they've been given the attention they they've got their zine printed we think they'll get out there to an even wider audience. Our very own E17 lad Carl Harris is featured and we're really proud!

Cut-Click is an online magazine aimed at getting artists, designers, photographers new audiences.

Check out their web site:
and buy their zine:

Thursday 1 July 2010

Art Trail...Craftivista Social Club!

It's been at least 8 months in the planning and we finally can tell you all about it! It's tough keeping a secret...
For this years art trail we'll be hosting our very own homage to the all things creative! Our love of craft,music and all things social prompted us to create the "Craftivista Social Club". It will be held on Friday the 10th of September (from 8pm - 11.30 pm) part of the E17 Art Trail in Walthamstow, London in the Orford Road social club. Do you see what we've done there? OK yes...we like a good pun but you'll know that by now!
On offer is a super improved D.I.Y. craft night. Joining us are a couple of DJ's, a Rock a billy band (The Obscuritones) and the very talented Lindy hop teacher Jerome L. Anderson.
So if you're making excuse that you're not good with your hands...use your feet! Jerome will be teaching a one hour dance lesson to get you bopping and shuffling those tootsies!
And to be confirmed...a very special guest artist will be performing a little burlesque tease. Check the blog for updates and workshop times.
Keep it in your diary!