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Our sail loft will be full of Christmas cheer…

Come and join us for our annual gathering of local artisans, have a glass of fizz and find some original gift ideas for you and yours.

One of our very talented Sails and Canvas seamstresses, Angie Needham will be bringing along her own work – Gansy designs inspired by her love of all things fabric. We are also joined by Anthi Kay Ceramics, Naturally Beautiful Designs with their lavender filled relaxation masks and Lou Foa‘s beach inspired 3-D artwork (mussel shells shown below).

Upstairs at Sails and Canvas is the Sail Loft Studio with resident artist Caroline Hart, Wallpaper Boats showing her collection of map and marine navigation chart paintings. Joining Caroline is Tim Winfield with his recycled silver jewellery, Liese Webley Artist and Willow Patterson. Kath Hadden, whose work is inspired by the stunning coastline of Devon and Cornwall and the rugged landscape of Dartmoor (pictured right), is once again exhibiting with Caroline following their successful studio share during September’s Devon Open Studios week. 

If you can’t be with us in person then take a look at the artisan’s social media pages for inspired gift ideas…and maybe enjoy a glass of festive cheer while you do!

Supporting sustainable British Businesses and the Planet

Blue Patch has provided a digital platform for it’s members since 2014 and now they have published their first ‘handbag-sized’ mini-magazine. Bursting with wonderful work by outstanding sustainable businesses, news of awards and touring projects. Take a browse by clicking here and you can read it on Issuu…be sure to flick through to page 16 for our Sails and Canvas entry!

Edition 1 was printed in the UK on recycled paper.

Edition 2 is due to be published in 2020 and will be full of surprises with profiles of members and dates to keep as Blue Patch continues to tour the country, popping up in museums and even more unusual places!

Being contacted by the Interior Manager of one of the World’s largest super yachts doesn’t happen everyday and it’s especially exciting as they wanted to commission 30 recycled sailcloth kit bags for guests to use when on board.

MY VAVA II is owned by Swiss Billionaire Ernesto Bertarelli and was built in Devon at a cost of £100 million…our Devon made bags are going to feel right at home!

The Telegraph’s article of VAVA II’s maiden voyage from Plymouth to the Caribbean in 2012 makes for an interesting read.

The “Mandala” Mindfulness Garden – featuring Sails and Canvas recycled sailcloth triangular floor cushions!

Extract from RHS website

This rural haven within a carbonised timber boundary creates a quiet space for children to take part in mindful activities in their urban school environment.

Recycled timber is formed into seating for small group mindfulness sessions, and the paths between the seating allow movement and flow.

Permanent mandalas made from natural materials provoke contemplation and creativity, enabling children to ‘stop and be’. They can also create temporary mandalas from nature’s objects on the central oak table and in the shade of the tree, or try out mindfulness practices devised for specific areas of the garden. Tactile daisy turf and seated areas surrounded by planting and natural materials encourage the children to use their senses to explore what nature has to offer. The space is a quiet refuge supporting wellbeing, concentration and calm.

In collaboration with the Mindfulness in Schools Project, who aim to reach one million children over five years with their Million Minds Matter campaign.

We are contacted on a regular basis by people who want to recycle their old sails with us which is fantastic and helps reduce the landfill waste. We like to think that every sail has a story and this one touched our hearts…

Winners of this year’s Environmental category in the Alliance MBS ‘Venture Further 2019’ awards, Mindful Store gives shoppers the opportunity to discover amazing, innovative and sustainable products. Every product comes with a QR-code that tells customers more about the background story: where and how it was produced, who the founders of the company are and how the product benefits our planet.

Hatch is Manchester’s award winning pop-up retail, food and drink destination and home to over 30 creative, independent businesses who put their heart and soul into their products.

And in the Mindful Store you will find a collection of handpicked Sails and Canvas recycled sailcloth products – we and they have sustainability at our core…Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.

Mini Bucket Bags…keep them in the boot of your car for whenever that #2minute opportunity arises!

Spinnaker Tote Bags…fold into a pocket to fit in your pocket, perfect for litter picking where ever you are!

Our latest collaboration with #2minutebeachclean has given us the opportunity to take in even more of the sails that people want to recycle with us….the tired, a little rusty and “end of life” sailcloth that we don’t feel is up to Sails and Canvas quality is now being used for these fantastic mini buckets & spinnaker totes!

Available to buy from along with many other products that help keep this not for profit organisation afloat.

We are so pleased to be working with such an inspiring initiative…helping rid the world’s beaches of marine litter and plastic pollution, two minutes at a time.

When we were contacted by Chloe & Robin Masefield earlier this month they wanted to find a banner for their shop Natural Weigh in Crickhowell, Powys which would be in keeping wth their company’s philosophy…a Sails and Canvas recycled sailcloth shop front sign was a great solution!

Natural Weigh is one of a growing number of zero waste shops offering the consumer an alternative way to shop for their groceries, where shoppers can refill and reuse containers (even paper bags) and make a stand against excessive and wasteful supermarket packaging. It is at the forefront of everyone’s minds that packaging has to change and shops like Natural Weigh are thankfully popping up all over the country – In our home town, “Nourish of Topsham” zero waste shop has just picked up first place for retailer of the year at the Exeter Living Awards 2019…congratulations to Sarah!

Award Winning Sarah Martin, founder of Nourish

A recent article in The Guardian featuring Natural Weigh makes for a very interesting read…the time for changing our shopping habits is here and now. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.

The Rare Brand Market has launched it’s Club for shoppers looking for something a little bit different…a directory of exciting products often not found on the high street and membership is free!

Sails and Canvas is one of the many brands that have been brought together with the aim of offering club members a personal shopping service…email Rare Brand with what you are looking to buy & they will aim to make it a reality! Browse the brands here