30th March sees the launch of a temporary cake shop called ‘Sacred Tarts’, featuring creations from Nicola Shipley of Tattoo Cakes. The shop will feature cake Popes, cake truffle eyeballs on a plate and a representation of St Lucy. Other contributors include Francesca Mattea and Laura Edwards of Mama Jamma Cakes.
Carla Connolly, Assistant Technical Curator at the museum and creator of the Sacred Tarts event, said: “Easter eggs are always well received, but are pretty boring when you know you’re going to get them every year. The Sacred Tarts team will be busy over the next six weeks coming up with some pretty exciting alternatives – from crystal sugar crowns of thorns to butterscotch crucifixes and edible saints.”
Designed to highlight ‘the darker side of religion’, the show is free to enter, open from 11am to 6pm and located in Barts Pathology Museum in the Robin Brook Centre, West Smithfield, London.
Forest Hill becomes an essential destination for fashionistas from 15th-19th February, as the team behind the SEE3 pop up shops stages ‘Forest Hill Fashion Week’.
SEE3 is one of Boris Johnson’s London Portas Pilots, which was awarded £300,000 in order help revitalise high streets and promoting job creation in Lambeth and Tower Hamlets. Lewisham Council is providing an additional £137k to help rejuvenate the areas high streets with new street markets, start-up opportunities for new businesses and creative exhibitions. The aim of the team is to provide a springboard for businesses to trial their propositions in the high street and to stimulate long-term demand for empty shops. With The Butchery, who had a pop up shop at Christmas in Forest Hill, opening the doors of their permanent shop later this month the team have a pretty good record at bringing businesses to the high street that meet the needs of the community.
Louise Brooks, the Project Manager tasked with delivery of SEE3‘s pop up shop programme ‘The Shop Revolution’, said: “Forest Hill has become a hub for designer-makers and fashionable boutiques in recent years and so it is an ideal time to stage a celebration of local design talent and style. And of course the event will see the opening of our latest pop up shop SEE Boutique on Dartmouth Road with pop up tenants Love Ur Look selling their fabulous reproduction vintage outfits.”
With collections from local designers at Forest Hill’s boutiques, in-store events, textile and accessory workshops, fashion and jewellery upcycling, frock-swapping, markets, catwalk shows (including a dress-up catwalk for children) there will be something for all ages. For a full list of events taking place during this festival of local fashion interested you can visit www.see3.co.uk/fhfw.
Marble Arch was the location for the new M&S two day Oxfam pop up shwop shop. Over 40 celebrities including Alexa Chung, Daisy Lowe and Plan B all donated items that were sold. To gain entry to the shop you needed a special ticket – something to “shwop” (an unwanted or unused item of clothing).
Adam Elman, Head of Plan A Delivery at Marks & Spencer, said: “The Shwop Shop is a celebration of shwopping. Fashion influencers, designers, stylists, thought-leaders and visionaries have given their sign of approval by donating their unwanted items and we hope this will inspire a new generation of shwoppers who see fashion and sustainability as one. The aim is to change people’s attitudes towards clothes recycling and give unwanted garments a future.”
The celebrity shop was staffed by a host of famous faces throughout the two days including shwopping guru Joanna Lumley, who said:
“By opening your hearts, minds and your wardrobe and going shwopping, you can not only bag an outfit worn on the red carpet or to a glitzy awards evening, but help the environment too. Fashion with a conscience, it is perfect isn’t it? By shwopping all we want you to do is give your unwanted items stuffed in the back of your wardrobe a future. Simply bring an old item back every time you buy a new outfit, shwop and shop! Come to the Shwop Shop, shwop and shop and leave with a smile – the world will then feel a better place!”
Marks and Spencer has pioneered the idea of shwopping – a revolutionary clothes recycling initiative where customers can donate any item of clothing, of any brand, to be re-used, resold or recycled by charity partner Oxfam.
The campaign aims to put an end to the one billion items currently ending up in landfill every year. All M&S clothing stores now accept used and unwanted items of clothing from any brand, all year round. The ultimate aim for M&S is to collect 350 million items a year – recycling as many clothes as it sells.
Thames Valley Vision have been awarded £30 million by Government energy watchdog Ofgem to discover how energy usage can be reduced and how large companies can monitor their energy usage and store energy at street level – and Thames Valley Vision is now hoping to speak to bill payers from their new pop up shop in Charles Square, Bracknell.
Allen Cook, Head of Engineering at Bracknell & Wokingham College, who has been working with the initiative, said: “The project team carried out a full investigation into our building with specialist engineers, and were then able to make some excellent suggestions as to how we could cut down our energy bill. Many of these have been implemented as they had no initial outlay costs, saving the college money at a time when all businesses need to be vigilant. He added: “It is nice to know that Bracknell & Wokingham College has played its part in what will become a national blueprint for the future.”