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Charity sharing Free Face Masks & Pattern

EcoArt is a grassroots environmental charity that have so far recruited over 75 Zero Waste Makers upcycling cloth masks for their family, friends and neighbours. they’ve shared over 700 masks with key workers, charities and vulnerable people around Edinburgh.

“The masks can easily be made using items you already have at home, like clothing, bedding, elastic bands or bicycle inner tubes.” says Rose, the CEO. “We are encouraging reuse and learning to sew, they’re a great family craft project”.

If you would like to be a Zero Waste Maker too or are a front line group/ individual needing masks, please email Rose on info@ecoartcharity.org or message through https://www.facebook.com/EcoArtCharity

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People Know How’s All Aboard Campaign

Stories Along the Union Canal

People Know How and Polwarth Parish Church have been working together since the last
year, bringing their project All Aboard to life. Together, the Scottish charity and parish
church will run a boat from the Polwarth Pontoon aboard the Union Canal, promoting
learning and positive engagement with the community within this unique environment.
After a successful pilot last summer, the project has been awarded various grants allowing
the partner organisations to near their goal of purchasing their own canal boat. In planning
the purchase, they have been engaging widely with the canal community to find the most
suitable boat with which they can provide the best support.

Now in the midst of the coronavirus outbreak they are finding new ways to continue this
community engagement through their Stories Along the Union Canal campaign. As they
prepare to take this big step forward on the canal, they have been looking backwards, to
the history and memories of this community. These stories and memories have been
compiled into an interactive map on their website and People Know How will be sharing
these stories regularly over the next month, starting Monday 8 June, with an open call for
new entries.

Keep an eye out on People Know How’s social media channels and get involved with the
campaign!

See the map and submit your memories

Our social media channels:
Facebook: @peopleknowhow
Twitter: @PKHinnovation
Instagram: @peopleknowhow
LinkedIn: /people-know-how

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Mental Health Services by Projekt 42

Projekt 42 has launched online counselling and mental health support and has counsellors available for immediate support to those in need right now.

Adults living in the most deprived areas of Scotland such as Leith are twice as likely to experience mental health issues (22% versus 11%). Residents of deprived communities are 2.5 times more likely to die by suicide and four times more likely to experience two symptoms of depression.

We have counselling spots available right now for those in need to self-refer and gain the support they need. Obtaining help is easy, fill out this form, and our mental health team will be in touch https://www.projekt42.co.uk/self-referral

Current social isolation, loneliness and anxiety over the unknown are further contributing to mental health challenges. Our mission is to make mental health services accessible for everyone, and we offer free and reduced-rate counselling services to vulnerable members of our community in Edinburgh.

Our charitable model is award-winning; we commit over 40% of gym membership and class fees to support the well-being of our community.

Counselling will be delivered digitally using the charities new online platform, email and telecare are also provided. Once safe to do so, we will move to in-person support. Counselling costs are income assessed, and we offer free and subsidised sessions to those who need financial help.

About Projekt 42 

‘Projekt 42 is a gym for people not for profit’. Projekt 42 is a charity focused on ‘building happy bodies and strong minds.’ We want to change the way people think about mental health. Our goal is to help people understand the connection between their mental health and physical fitness through carefully crafted fitness and yoga classes, guided meditation, life coaching and counselling. Any profit we make goes back into the local community, allowing us to provide free memberships, counselling and life coaching for the people who need them most. Please visit https://www.projekt42.co.uk

Projekt42 supports the wellbeing of its community through physical fitness and mental health support. To keep abreast of our campaigns and news, and to join the debate, follow us at twitter.com/Projekt42EDI or like us at https://www.facebook.com/Projekt42Edinburgh/

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Dried Flower Bouquets + DIY Boxes

Hello!
Boyes Botanics are here with all your floral needs! Whilst there are sadly no weddings or events to create floral designs for, I’ve been focusing on dried flowers during lockdown, creating bouquets and DIY kits.

Bang on trend, dried flowers bring a natural finishing touch to your home, making the perfect gift to yourself or a friend! They are very low maintenance and with the right care can last for years and years – I have my Grandmas dried flowers that are still going strong after 20 years, yes the colours are faded but the lagurus has a lovely ombre effect.

Using mostly beautiful British dried flowers and grasses, there are various bouquet designs on the website along with the new DIY dried flower boxes. The boxes are available in two sizes and are full of loose dried stems for you to cut and arrange how you like.

All dried flower goods will arrive in the new hand stamped botanical packaging, which I’m obsessed with! We are offering FREE local Edinburgh doorstep delivery (EH1-EH17 only) and there is a small postage cost for everywhere else.

Show me the flowers > www.boyesbotanics.com/dried-flowers
Follow our Instagram > @boyesbotanics

Thanks for reading!

Kirsty

P.S – The studio is closed for appointments but we are still open for phone consultations for wedding flowers. Due to 2020 postponements, 2021 is slightly fuller but there are still dates available.

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After 20 years living abroad, resident artist Judith Shaylor returned to Edinburgh!

I am a multidisciplinary artist and have lived in Italy, Spain and Germany. I moved back to Edinburgh at the end of December and immediately went in search of studio space in Edinburgh. Finally in February I managed to secure a space in St Margaret’s house and finally started getting back into producing new work. This is abstract work on paper, using maps as inspiration as well as latterly as the surface of the paintings. Once lockdown was put in place, I quickly took a multi media piece I had just started to work on and brought it home, which I have been working on ever since in my living room and at the moment is embroidery and appliqué on raw canvas. I am looking forward to getting back in to the studio to continue with the larger works on paper.

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Reusable Face Masks with Filter Pocket and Nose Wire By MK Eco Creations

Dear artists, art lovers, and friends,

I’ve been making some face masks both to donate and to help me provide during a time where income is rather dry due to the lockdown – as many of my creative colleagues , I’m a theatre designer who uses her remnants to make accessories; so it feels only right to adapt this way during this uncertainty. If you are inclined to purchase some, please find some details below:

  •  Washable/reusable
  •  Designed to have a large fit over the lower face for full coverage as well as ease of breathing.
  • Standard sizes: 4 sizes (LARGE, MEDIUM, SMALL, EXTRA SMALL)
  • Elastic ear attachment loop
  • Aluminium nose wire to improve fit to the user’s face
  • Two distinct coloured layers to easily know what side is inside/outside when taking off, putting on.
  • Reinforced seams
  • Filter pocket options to insert filters, if your situation requires that.
  • Packaged in biodegradable zip lock bags

Please order directly through Etsy: www.MKecoCreations.etsy.com

Thank you for supporting your small local artists.

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Bowbeer Designs by Resident Artist Caitlin Bowbeer

My illustrative work is playful, contemporary, and often takes a tangible form, using unusual structures and materials as a canvas for design. I am passionate about producing contemporary drawings and designs whilst keeping my practice environmentally sustainable where possible. My most regular commission work has focused on illustrating resources for outreach projects aimed at communities and young people, creating work for such clients as The National Galleries of Scotland and Dundee Heritage Trust.

After gaining my degree in Illustration from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design in 2016, I decided to up sticks and head to Brighton to gain some inspiration and a get bit of sunshine. Whilst working in a pottery studio, I rediscovered the beauty of clay. I think it’s properties are fascinating and find that it complements my illustrative work perfectly. I learned how to throw on the wheel and create minimal designs that work well with their partnered illustrations, keeping them fresh and playful.

I have now been living in Edinburgh for almost 2 years and am privileged to share my newest studio in St Margaret’s House with two very close friends. Although the effects of the lock down have been tough, with reduced work and having to temporarily move out of Edinburgh to help family members, it has brought new opportunities for learning and development within my practice. I have used this time to create an online shop, work on personal projects, and slow down, taking more time with each of my ceramic pieces. I have begun to handbuild with clay which allows me to make larger and more experimental forms and I am keen to try more traditional techniques of firing when a kiln is not accessible. I am hopeful that by indulging in this time I will be able to apply new techniques and skills to my practice in the future.

Website: www.bowbeerdesigns.com
Instagram : @BowbeerDesigns

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Resident Artist Jacqui Higgs

Jacqui Higgs is an Edinburgh-based, Dublin born artist with a background in fine art and painting. Having graduated from Edinburgh Art College in 1994, she then moved on to study Art Therapy, gaining her Postgraduate Degree in 1996. She became a professional member of the Scottish Society of Artists in the same year. Since then, she has exhibited frequently throughout the UK, in group and solo shows, as well as London Art fairs.

Over the past 2 years I have travelled northwards to make on-site drawings & conduct research which I then use in my studio for larger and mixed media pieces. These travels have invoked a deeper insight into issues surrounding climate change and societal complexities, often exploring the interconnectivity between human/animal relations; and within this context my destinations have become more adventurous. On the Faroe Isles, I met with residents and academics who spoke about the recent levels of tourism and how they are managing this (particularly towards a sustainable approach within the fishing and sheep industry)

In the Faroes, sheep are viewed not only in economic terms but treated with a certain level of reverence, i.e. sheep shelters are provided for them when the weather  deteriorates. The motif of human and non-human interrelationships is frequently revisited in my work and working in inaccessible locations such as the Orkney Isles and the Faeroes is exciting and rewarding.

The fantastic backdrops of oceanic panoramas, fjords and sea stacks are key to an abstract way of painting in which I add elements of printmaking to the images.

www.jacquihiggs.co.uk/

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Portrait and Resident Artist Danielle Hewlett

As a portrait artist, my work explores concepts of identity. The psychology and behaviour of people and how it shines through the surface of their outward appearance is something that has always enthralled me and is the centre of my work to date. I’m always looking for the essence of subjects, their identity, or at least a part of it. It is an authentic aspect of their being that I’m trying to capture and portray and through that, telling a touching and heartfelt story.

I come from Johannesburg, South Africa where there is a board spectrum of people from various backgrounds in life. Many artworks are portraying the stark contrasts to the western first worlds and the hardships faced in South Africa. I prefer to highlight the more subtle aspects of emotion and mind that are much closer to home for all of us around the world. I have a strong attraction towards topics of women and their careers, especially in art, but really, I just love people. I use real-life subjects as much as possible and work with whatever comes through.

I’ve recently moved to Edinburgh, Scotland where I have new subject matter to work with. Not just Scottish people, but the wider European community in general. Of course, as these things go, it took some time to get settled into the country and my new studio at Edinburgh Palette. Just as I was getting into the swing of things, we hit lockdown and it’s been quite challenging with my 5-year-old daughter around. I have a limited amount of space to work with at the moment and I’m working on smaller pieces, which I’m challenging myself to produce one a day. I’m also using this time to refine ideas and explore new topics and techniques.

www.daniellehewlett.co.za

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