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Cambridge Art Makers – #PotsForPoTS Charity Auction

Susannah Bangham, Creative Director at Cambridge Makers, is fundraising for a charity close to her heart – quite literally! Susannah lives with the debilitating health condition Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (PoTS) and to coincide with PoTS Awareness Day this Sunday 25th October she will be facilitating an online auction of locally handmade pots in aid of PoTS UK.

Pots For PoTS 2020 was due to take place at the Cambridge Makers studios in Linton, Cambridgeshire but due to the current situation the event is now taking place online through the organisation’s website here.

The web-based auction is live right now and running until 5pm on Sunday with a wonderful selection of ceramic wares to bid on including bowls, dishes, mugs, jugs, vases and a range of miscellaneous pots which would be perfect for plants and trinkets. On Sunday there will also be an Instagram Live at 4pm to showcase all of the pots – you can join the tour via Facebook too – and at 5.15pm a select 16 will be auctioned live virtually on Zoom.

You can see what will be available and get your free ticket to the live event here!

Susannah says: “The fundraiser came about because I have PoTS and I started potting as a way to heal a few years ago after I lost a job I loved because of my illness. A friend brought round some clay and I just sat and squished it and cried! Eventually I started going to her house once a week and started learning to throw. During lockdown the same friend lent me a wheel, which I set up in my Grandpa’s potting shed so that I could keep potting all summer for the fundraiser.”

Unfortunately there are not many places to get information about PoTS and it can often take a very long time to get a diagnosis. Susannah waited 10 years for hers and has told us how vital the charity PoTS UK are as a resource for both patients and medical professionals.

PoTS UK states: “Postural Tachycardia Syndrome (PoTS) can be a life altering and debilitating health condition. Simply standing up can be a challenge for affected people as their body is unable to adjust to gravity. PoTS is due to an abnormal response by the autonomic (automatic) nervous system and is characterised by orthostatic intolerance (the development of symptoms when upright that are mostly relieved by lying down). Symptoms include palpitations, lightheadedness, fatigue, sweating, nausea, fainting and headaches, and are associated with a persistant increase in heart rate from the lying to upright position.”

Money raised through the Pots For PoTS fundraiser will go towards helping educate and support patients, their carers and medical professionals across the UK. A small donation will be made to Cambridge Makers, who are also a registered charity, to cover resources provided.

The live auction is expected to be a fun, friendly and welcoming event – we hope to see you there! The fundraiser has been made a reality due to the kind donations from and collaborative efforts of potters Frank Logan, Janet Edwards, Joy Voisey, Lucy Blake, Pip Hughes, Steel Haughton, Victoria Ashdown and Caroline Amory.

You can follow Cambridge Art Makers on Facebook and Instagram for updates and to tune into the live tour. If you have any questions you can contact Susannah and her team at: potsforpotsuk@gmail.com


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Community Art Project: West Chesterton Animal Trail

On Saturday 3rd October the West Chesterton Mutual Aid group launched their community animal trail art project bringing colour to the streets of Cambridge through a series of installations. This public initiative is designed to encourage local residents of all ages to stay active and creative throughout Autumn/Winter and the project is set to evolve well into early-Spring next year!

The West Chesterton Animal Trail is one of many inspirational creative responses we have witnessed throughout the Covid-19 pandemic – with so many communities coming together to keep smiles on faces and show their support to key workers through various artistic endeavours.

We have also admired the way in which organisations have adapted events to enable them to go ahead this year and are thankful to those who have made events more accessible to people who are house-bound, in quarantine or shielding. West Chesterton Mutual Aid say: “What differentiates the Chesterton Animal Trail from some others is its inclusivity. The trail is available on a map and will be documented with photographs available online so that people can take part in different ways.”

Image by Lucinda Price, West Chesterton Mutual Aid

West Chesterton Mutual Aid is one of many local volunteer community groups that was established earlier this year to support residents due to the coronavirus – and over the last six months they have done vital work helping to complete hundreds of essential tasks for those shielding in the area.

As cases start to rise again across the country the group were keen to do something to lift spirits, lead organiser and local photographer Lucinda Price says: “We are really excited to launch a project to help create some safe and fun activities for our community over the winter.”

Image by Lucinda Price, West Chesterton Mutual Aid

Pictured above is illustrator and designer Ella Beech who is currently studying for an MA in Children’s Book Illustration at Anglia Ruskin University. Ella has created a wonderful window display for the trail featuring a squirrel monkey and tiger – see Animal 18 on the trail map which you can access here.

More and more creatures will be making their way by land, river and air to the north of the city throughout October. From cuddly animals to creative masterpieces, residents are encouraged to join in and can get their animals added to the map by contacting the group. Keep an eye out for the flock of flamingos and other animals currently installed at the entrance of Victoria Park as well as for Gordon the Giraffe who has settled in nicely with those at Cambridge Manor Care Home; as seen below with Sheila Cracknell, George Bacon, Howard Varey and Marissa Worrell.

Image by Lucinda Price, West Chesterton Mutual Aid
Image by Lucinda Price, West Chesterton Mutual Aid
Image by Lucinda Price, West Chesterton Mutual Aid
Image by Lucinda Price, West Chesterton Mutual Aid

Cambridge City Council have worked closely with many groups to help build local resilience. Lucinda Price, Clara Todd and their team of volunteers at West Chesterton Mutual Aid have been well supported by Cllr Jamie Dalzell and Cllr Mike Sargeant (pictured above). If you are in Cambridge – or further afield – you can see if there is a community support group in your area via the Covid-19 Mutual Aid UK website here.

Find out more about the animal trail by following the group on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Be sure to tag any images you share on social media with #ChestertonTrail and you could also use our community tag #CambsCreativeTreasures too – we would love to see what animals you spot along the way!


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Caroline Forward’s Three #PortraitsForNHSHeroes

Throughout lockdown hundreds of artists from across the UK produced portraits of NHS workers for free as part of the #PortraitsForNHSHeroes initiative which was launched in early April by Oxford-based portrait painter Tom Croft. There was an incredible response to the project inspiring similar initiatives across Europe and North America.

Caroline Forward, a Cambridgeshire artist and member of #WeAreCambsCreatives, completed three portraits as part of this inspiring initiative and we feel privileged to share them with you here on the blog with notes about each of the frontline heroes she painted, including a local nurse who works at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge.

You can find a detailed explanation of how #PortraitsForNHSHeroes came about over on Tom Croft’s website here. He talks about what portraits represent and how they immortalise people. He poses the question of who should be immortalised and “line the walls of galleries” today. Tom says: “The people who put self interest and self preservation to one side and literally risked their lives knowingly on a daily basis for our well being. The NHS workers. Absolutely.”

Tom helped to match NHS workers with participating artists directly but due to such high demand he also suggested that any artist willing to get involved with the project posted their offers of free portraits on Instagram. Caroline did just that and was contacted within minutes of posting her offer by Kate, a midwife working in a busy maternity unit in Barnsley.

Kate said to Caroline how difficult it is for mothers giving birth without their nearest and dearest around them. She described the exhausting impact of working in personal protective equipment (PPE), the high levels of staff sickness and therefore staff shortages, and the long shifts.

After completing her first painting Caroline agreed to do a further two portraits. Her second portrait is of Katie, a staff nurse in Coronary Care at Addenbrooke’s. It was incredibly meaningful for Caroline to be able to paint a local frontline worker and she was able to deliver the finished artwork in person – socially distanced of course!

It was a very special moment for Caroline when she met Katie outside her home.

Katie told Caroline that she tries to keep her patients as calm, comfortable and reassured as possible whilst giving them the treatment they need to get better, being their advocate and being there for them especially when they are at their most vulnerable. With no visitors allowed she does as much as she can for their mental health so they feel less alone.

Caroline’s third portrait is of Karen, a paramedic in the West Midlands Ambulance Service. Karen moved her four daughters into her brother’s home at the start of lockdown in order to protect them from her potentially bringing Covid-19 home with her after work. To be separated from your young children for several months is a hardship. Caroline says: “These stories of personal sacrifice by our frontline workers need to be heard.”

It has been a touching and emotional journey for both the artist and subjects. Caroline explains that although the portraits are of the individuals, and that they have been gifted to them as a thank you for all they do, they are also painted in gratitude to and recognition of all those who have done so much during the pandemic. She received some wonderful feedback, notably: “No one has ever done anything like this for me, given me their time and talent in this way.”

You can browse over 13,000 images which have been shared on Instagram with the project hashtag here – it is truly a wonderful and visually moving social media curation. You can also find a small online exhibition of selected works over at The Net Gallery.

It is hoped that there will be a physical exhibition open to the public of #PortraitsForNHSHeroes sometime in the future but in the meantime be sure to follow @tomcroftartist for updates and @carolineforward to see her latest work over! If you are a local artist who has also produced a portrait as part of the project we would love to hear from you – please do get in touch.


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Lele Saa – Shortlisted: World Illustration Awards 2020

We are really pleased to announce that Lele Saa, member of #WeAreCambsCreatives, has been shortlisted for the World Illustration Awards 2020 presented by The Association of Illustrators (AOI). Lele’s submission was previously selected as one of 500 longlisted projects from more than 4,300 entries – and has now been selected for the final shortlist of 200 projects!

Lele Saa, an illustrator and visual designer based in Cambridge, balances her part-time role as Creative Director at a UX design and innovation studio with her art practice which involves illustration, frame by frame animation and ceramic experiments.

Hooray! It’s a totem parade! is a mural painted on the exterior of Horizon – a centre for adults with learning disabilities in Cambridge. This piece by Lele stands alongside work by various local artists designed to uplift the outside of the organisation’s facilities.

Lele says: “I tried to create a bold image using the space of the wall in an exciting way. The whole mural can be only seen fully from a specific point of view; marked by a spot on the floor. The main totem figure depicts a Phoenix Bird that is reborn from its ashes and gives a positive message to the viewers.”

The mural was completed across 12 sessions between August and October 2019. Lele notes that ‘the composition grew organically’ taking into account ‘the limitations of the bricks and wall elements’ – although the design was planned digitally beforehand.

The project has been shortlisted in the ‘Site Specific’ category for this year’s World Illustration Awards by the AOI, who have been running an annual illustration competition for over 45 years. You can take a look at all of the shortlisted projects here.

The AOI is the world’s leading illustration body supporting and sustaining illustrators and the illustration industry. They present the awards in partnership with The Directory of Illustration which is widely regarded as the world’s leading marketing program for illustrators. This year they had entries from illustrators in 79 countries.

Congratulations to Lele Saa for being shortlisted – this is such a fantastic achievement!

Image by @lele_saa

The award winners, category specific and overall, will be announced on Wednesday 21st October 2020. Celebrations for this year will be rounded off with an online programme of events which is set to include masterclasses, panel discussions and social opportunities for illustrators, agents and commissioners from around the world to meet, explore and celebrate.


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‘Hector’s Perfect Cake’ by Lily Clarke

Cambridge-based author and illustrator Lily Clarke is crowdfunding via Kickstarter to publish her first picture book titled Hector’s Perfect Cake. Less than 10 days into the campaign, Lily is close to hitting her initial target of £3,000 – but she really needs your support as the project will only be funded if it reaches its goal!

Lily Clarke, member of #WeAreCambsCreatives, works full-time as a technology consultant and also runs a small illustration business, Lily In Space. Lily decided to self-publish her first illustrated children’s story so that she could write whilst continuing the career she enjoys deeply.

Hector’s Perfect Cake is a 28-page picture book about accepting that sometimes things just don’t go to plan.

Lily says: “Children can become fixated on ensuring everything they do is ‘perfect’, believing themselves to have failed if they are unable to achieve this. Hector’s Perfect Cake is a story that teaches children that perfection is not always as important as it might feel.”

THE STORY

Hector is baking a cake for his Granny and he’s determined that it’s going to be perfect. It’s almost finished, there’s just one more ingredient to add – peanut butter! But when Hector discovers that the jar is empty, he decides that he must head out to find some more, or else his perfect cake will be ruined. It’s not long until the party though, so he’ll have to be quick! As time begins to run out, Hector’s luck begins to run out too. He may have to accept that sometimes perfection just isn’t possible.

The campaign is live on Kickstarter until the end of July and you can pledge your support here. Choose to donate any amount or select from one of the project rewards which include signed paperback editions of the book itself and full-colour illustrated bookmarks based on the characters from the story. There are also activity packs and teacher resources available too!

A fixed-format eBook edition of the book will be created if the project hits £3,500 and it will also become available as an additional reward. Pledge for any of the rewards and you will have your name listed on a dedicated supporters page at the back of the book. Find out more at: hectors-perfect-cake.com


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What’s On: Cambridge Open Windows – #COSArt2020

Across all four weekends in July, members of Cambridge Open Studios are taking part in the #OpenWindows2020 initiative founded by Denise Harrison, a fine-art painter based in Brighton. This fantastic project encourages artists, some of whom would normally show their work through open studio events, to display their artwork in their windows to brighten up people’s daily walk.

The popular annual Cambridge Open Studios event had to be cancelled this year due to COVID-19 but it has been great to see our local artists pulling together to find an alternative way to showcase their work. There has been a real sense of excitement building over the last few weeks within the local creative community ahead of the Cambridge Open Windows trails which start today, Saturday 4th July.

Cambridge Open Windows offers members of the public here in Cambridgeshire the opportunity to enjoy art and embrace community spirit at a time when things are still very uncertain.

Cambridge Open Studios have put together a map of the artists taking part in Cambridge, another for out-of-town artists and two further trails for Histon and Ely – you can download and print the maps here and start planning your artwork treasure hunt!

The idea for Cambridge Open Windows came from Kate Green Art, a member of Cambridge Open Studios and #WeAreCambsCreatives, who says: “COS is sadly one of the many many things to have been cancelled this year for artists due to coronavirus. Being the biggest event in my calendar income wise, this is really disappointing – but it’s not just about money, it’s also a deadline to work towards creatively/professionally, and an opportunity to increase ones audience and connections.”

When Kate heard about other artists getting involved with alternative events across the country she approached the organisation with her ideas for open windows. She has since helped to organise the event and says it is important “to invest in our communities at this challenging time, bringing colour to our streets and cheering people up.”

Throughout lockdown we have been inspired by the connections formed within communities through creative activities – rainbow window installations and rock snakes to name just two! You do not need to be a member to get involved in Cambridge Open Windows and Kate says, “the more the merrier”.

Image by @kategreenart
Image by @roxanaderond

Head over to #COSArt2020 on Instagram to see more posts from the artists themselves – we will definitely be following along and are looking forward to heading out to discover the trails ourselves! If you are unable to get out at the moment then this is also a great way of accessing the event virtually and getting to know your local artists online.


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#ShopCambridgeshire: Wall Art & Homewares

We’re getting ready for another exciting event weekender! Join us for Instagram Live sessions on Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th June – and keep an eye out for more virtual market stall and exhibition displays from our sellers. Today we have put together a list of 20 artworks and homewares available to buy through the #ShopCambridgeshire marketplace and there is something to suit every budget!

The #ShopCambridgeshire Virtual Showcase event is running until Sunday 28th June 2020 across FacebookTwitter and Instagram. We have also launched a unique marketplace over at The Trove Cambridge – find exclusive discounts and offers* from our sellers at: #ShopCambridgeshire Marketplace

*Discounts and offers valid only until 28/06/2020

WALL ART & HOMEWARES

Butterfly, Moths & Rhino Beetle Print (18x13cm) by Duck Egg Design Co. – £5

Save 10% with SHOPCAMBS10

Danish Mid Century Reniform Table (60x109x58cm) by Stedsans – £250

Contact Seller To Buy

Small Flowers (22x22cm), Ink on Paper by Sasha DeWitt Studios – £20

‘The Air That I Breathe Vl’, Oils & Cold Wax Medium by Caroline Forward – £200

‘Cobbles Yard’ Drypoint Relief Print by Alison Hullyer£125

Ocean Marble Clock by Zia James Curated£35

In Dreams, Solarplate Etching (210x210mm) by Print Room£120

Limited Edition Prints by Naomi DaviesFrom £45

Bright Day, Snape (Oil on Canvas, 14x18in) by Sheila Woodruff – £215

Save 10% with SHOPCAMBS10

Misheard Song Lyrics A4 Print (Polar Bear Ninja) by Daft Cow£10

Modern Edison Table Lamp (Hexagonal Series) by Millar Made – From £76.00

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St John’s Street Limited Edition Print by Roxana de Rond – From £45.00

Slim Porcelain Bud Vase by Claire Folkes Ceramics – £28

Tape Collection Fine Art Photography Print by Richard Heeps – From £150

Transparence 24, Acrylic on Canvas (50x50x3.5cm) by CfrArt£275

Caress the Light, Oil on Canvas (30x30cm) by Sue Rapley Art£230

Bridge Of Sighs, Acrylic on Deep Edge Canvas by Clive Dawson Art £150

Ink Drawing (30x40cm) by Vera Evstafieva Art – £50

COLOUR FLOW I, Mixed Media & Resin (61x61cm) by Louise Venning£1,150

Custom Woven (Medium) Wall Hanging by Clare Gray Makes£25

Save 10% with SHOPCAMBS10

You can find out more about the #ShopCambridgeshire Virtual Showcase event over on Facebook – RSVP to be updated with features, special offers and further details about our weekend Instagram Live sessions!

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#ShopCambridgeshire: Gifts Under £25

Have you had a browse through the #ShopCambridgeshire marketplace yet? With over 300 artworks, products and services listed it makes shopping online and supporting local businesses at this time that little bit easier. Today we have put together a list of fifteen gift ideas for under £25 – and we have included some gift wrapping solutions too!

The #ShopCambridgeshire Virtual Showcase event is running until Sunday 28th June 2020 across Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. We have also launched a unique marketplace over at The Trove Cambridge – find exclusive discounts and offers* from our sellers at: #ShopCambridgeshire Marketplace

*Discounts and offers valid only until 28/06/2020

GIFTS UNDER £25

Phone Stand – Hexagonal Series by Millar Made – £15

Harvest Mouse Art Coasters (Set of 6) by Jamie Sugg Fine Art – £16

Multi-coloured Vinyl Disc Ankle Bracelet by Noko Designs – £16.50

Monogram Vintage Prints (1920s) by Em’s Vintage Prints£7

Stoneware Tea Bowl Cup by Claire Folkes Ceramics – £18

Wax Melt Gift Set by Fox & Figgy Scented Luxury – £20

Save 15% with SHOPCAMBS15

Deep Emerald Scallop Soap Dish by Zia James Curated – £12.99

‘Stormy Seas’ Screen Printed T-shirt by Dario Fisher – £15

‘Z is for Zebra Duiker’ A4 Giclée Print by Stephanie Le Cocq Studios – From £22

Artisan Marshmallow Party Box by Bitesize Bakehouse – £20

Deep Reflections Notebook by Vandy Massey Studio£10

Ocean Jasper Stacker Bracelet with Hematite by Little Gems By Mel – £12

Tatami Air Fresheners by Eco Japan – £10

Black & White Ceramic Planter by Sarah Lou Studio£24

Dachshund Puzzle Ornament by Garnett Crafts£24.50

GIFT WRAPPING

Recyclable Wrapping Paper (Set of 2) by Clare Gray Makes – £5.50

Striking Peacock Wrapping Paper & Ribbon by PAPIRetc – £9.99

Furoshiki – Japanese Gift Wrapping Cloths by Eco Japan- From £12.00

EVENT GIVEAWAY

Our latest giveaway is running over on Instagram until tomorrow Thursday 25th June at 11AM – enter for your chance to win this lovingly hand-embroidered Kohlrabi Leaf Brooch by event seller The Merry Hoop! You can also see more of Mary’s beautiful embroidery work over on the marketplace and in her Folksy shop here.

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#ShopCambridgeshire Virtual Showcase

The Trove Cambridge is pleased to be hosting a virtual exhibition and market to support creatives and businesses from across the county who have been affected by the by the cancellation of events and other disruptions due to COVID-19.

Join us for the first ever #ShopCambridgeshire Virtual Showcase where you can browse and buy online from over 60 local artists, designers, makers and indie businesses! We invite you to discover the fantastic range of artwork, products and services brought to you by sellers across the county – from Cambridge, Ely, Peterborough, Huntingdon, St Neots, Ely and many villages in between.

The event is running from Monday 15th to Sunday 28th June 2020 across Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. We have also launched a unique marketplace with over 200 listings – head over and you will find a range of original artworks, digital craft patterns, handmade jewellery, accessories, new and vintage clothing, artisan chocolate and baked goods, refurbished furniture, candles, fine art photography prints, embroidery art, woodwork, greetings cards, gifts and much more!

Find exclusive discounts and offers from our sellers at: #ShopCambridgeshire Marketplace

FEATURED SELLERS

Desk Organiser – Hexagonal Series (Set of 3) by Millar Made – £44

Misheard Song Lyrics A4 Print (Chips For Free) by Daft Cow – £10

Kindness Cards (Set of 4) by Clare Gray Makes – £8

Vulnerable Species Alphabet Print by Stephanie Le Cocq Studios – From £60

‘Dream’, Oil on Board (42x59cm) by Cheryl Liston – £175

10% Off with SHOPCAL10

Clavering Bag by Red Bike Leatherworks – £360

Free Personalisation – Message Seller

GIVEAWAYS

Keep an eye out for a series of giveaways over on Instagram – yesterday we announced our first 48-hour giveaway in collaboration with Snowtap who are kindly gifting one winner their brand new ‘Collective Nouns’ 2021 Calendar. Enter for your chance to win here!

Snowtap are also offering a 10% discount over on Etsy with code: SHOPCAMBS10

Instagram Giveaway

You can find out more about the #ShopCambridgeshire Virtual Showcase event over on Facebook – RSVP to be updated with features, special offers and further details about our weekend Instagram Live sessions!

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Could you sew Scrubs for Cambridgeshire?

Sewists from across the county are joining forces to help make scrubs for our local NHS and healthcare workers! Groups have been established and they are still looking for volunteers to get involved to assist in producing these vital items for hospitals and other organisations across Cambridgeshire.

Royal Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust based in Cambridge have said: “To increase our provision of scrubs, we are asking the community to make scrubs and drop them off at the South entrance of the hospital.” They are encouraging anyone who is handy with a sewing machine to help out and have said there is no restriction on the colour or design of the material.

The pattern requirements can be found in the Scrub Hub document here.

Image Credit: Scrub Hub

Scrubs for Cambridgeshire, organised by local fashion and jewellery designer Gioconda Gomez (Gorgeous Little Things), is just one of the amazing community groups working together to help make a difference and support the NHS during the COVID-19 crisis.

Gio set out with the intention of creating and donating just 10 sets of scrubs but soon realised that the demand was very high and so reached out to students of her sewing club for help.

A Facebook group and fundraiser were also launched to help the group meet the requirements of Hinchingbrooke Hospital who were in need of over 100 scrub uniforms. Having raised over £2,000 in just 12 days, Scrubs for Cambridgeshire are now working to provide scrubs to other local hospitals and GP surgeries, including Addenbrooke’s and Royal Papworth – with the help of over 200 volunteers and supporters.

Image Credit: Jane Dean

Over on Instagram this week we have been following the #ScrubsForCambridgeshire project as well as Gio – who usually specialises in bridal and evening gowns – and other local creatives who have switched up their services in response to the pandemic.

Clare Szabo of River Elliot Bridal says: “So what does a dressmaker do when most of her work has been postponed? She makes scrubs. I’ve started on a mass production of scrubs to donate to the NHS.”

Clare also shared that she was able to make a special set of scrubs for her sister who works for the NHS – and that the donations received so far, which go towards buying fabric, are really helping the amazing workers on the frontline.

Image Credit: River Elliot Bridal
Image Credit: River Elliot Bridal

Frances Guinee of Frankie and the Sewing Machine who has been put in charge of making scrub hats says: “The demand is just crazy!” She has kindly shared the information you will need if you would like help out making scrub hats! You can find the printable pattern here and a video tutorial here.

Fran informs us that the fabric must be 100% cotton or polycotton, washable up to 60°C and not see through. She suggests you can use new or used bed sheets in good condition – and the fabric can be any colour or pattern. Please ensure you pre-wash any fabric at 60°C before you sew with it.

Image Credit: Frances Guinee

Cambridgeshire Scrub Hub is another group who are looking for volunteers and they are currently raising funds through a GoFundMe campaign. They say: “There is a now national shortage of scrubs and we are hoping that by setting up our own small local hub in Cambridgeshire, we can help at least some of the doctors who live and work close to us.”

The Cambridge Fabric Company, who are working alongside Make Cambridge Fashion School, say: “We have been blown away by all the amazing work our customers are doing to help the NHS. Masks, scrubs and wash bags are desperately needed and you guys are amazing. We are donating whatever we can – miles of elastic and cotton to help the cause.”

Katie, owner of the Cambridge-based fabric store, posted on social media earlier today saying that the response had been great but that more help is needed to meet the demands.

Kath, who is coordinating Make Cambridge’s effort, has received a request from the Stroke department at Addenbrooke’s Hospital for a large quanity of scrubs and is asking for your help. You can find out more information by contacting her via email to: info@makecambridge.co.uk

Image Credit: Gioconda Gomez

Do you any experience with dressmaking or are you a seamstress that could offer your time over the coming weeks to help? Please consider reaching out to one of these groups to help with their efforts in supporting our incredible healthcare workers.

If you are a member of a group making scrubs that we have not mentioned – or if you are a local business who have risen to the challenge of manufacturing personal protective equipment (PPE) or other products – then do get in touch as we would love to share your story.

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