Creative Ethical Living Fair – Bringing Sustainable Solutions to The North EastKate Stuart
Kate Stuart is an artist, craftswoman and writer based in the North East of England. Owner of The Phoenix Green Store, a business she began to create zero waste textile solutions and patchwork quilts from reclaimed/recycled materials, she is currently in the process of transforming it into Newcastle Upon Tyne’s first zero waste shop. She is taking part in the Creative Ethical Living Fair as a stall holder for her business, representing No Serial Number Magazine offering a special show subscription discount, and presenting a workshop for the Blanket Without Borders project.
In the wake of what is being termed, The Blue Planet Effect, there is a real sense that we are moving forward much faster than before to a place where greater consideration is given to the things we buy, and the things we throw away. But finding ways to put that desire to do better environmentally into action is often difficult, and knowing where to start and what to do to make a difference can make it feel impossible to even start.
It was for this reason that Sian Pointon, a North East business woman, event organizer and owner of ethical cleaning company Super Clean and Green, decided to hold an event to support the people of North Tyneside and surrounding area, in their journey to a more sustainable future.
The Creative Ethical Living Fair will see a host of local businesses and residents come together, showcasing the best of the North East’s ethical companies, with cooking demonstrations, sustainability and ethical lifestyle talks with guest speakers, and workshops including creating art from recycled materials. The event is free, and will be held at The Exchange, in North Shields on Sunday 29th April from 11am – 4pm.
Sian told me “It’s so exciting to kick-start the conversation about local sustainability and promote ways of addressing worrying environmental concerns, for example plastic pollution. We want to help everyday people make a difference and have a positive impact on our environment and our community.”
With a huge variety of contributors, from a zero waste solutions and a local pottery collective delivering pottery workshops to presentations about growing your own food and guest speakers like Sue Reed of The Woolly Pedlar discussing the recycling and up-cycling of textiles in local communities – there is something for everyone. Traders will offer everything from handcrafted cosmetics made using foraged plants, to a company making bags from up-cycled materials.
For more information visit www.facebook.com/CELF2018/
Book your free tickets from www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/creative-ethical-living-fair-2018-tickets-43309504895
Check out the Traders that will be making an appearance at this event:
Camden Alterations, Trendlistr, Happy Planet Creative Arts, Sea Drift Designs, Katie Brydon Art, Lelley Makes, Stravaig, The Woolly Pedlar, Neal’s Yard Remedies, Super Clean & Green, Pulp Fiction Future Food, Grow to Glow, Studio 4 Pottery, The Phoenix Green Store, The Stationmaster’s Garden
“No Serial Number Magazine is committed to supporting the slow down and preservation of of our collective environmental and artisanal heritages from unsustainable production practices and corporate greed. No Serial Number Magazine is a humble attempt to explore how human creativity, nature and activism intersect in contemporary society.“