By ordering from us at this difficult time you are helping keep our small business afloat and that means the world.

We look forward to welcoming you back into our sail loft workshop when the restrictions are lifted… in the meantime our online shop is open for business.

There may be a slightly longer lead time than normal but we will try to keep delivery delays to a minimum and we will of course keep you updated…thank you for choosing Sails and Canvas.

TUI FlyJournal Spring Edition

Take a look inside the Spring Edition of TUI’s in flight magazine – The theme for this season’s product page is “upcycling” so we were excited to be contacted by the TUI magazine Art Editor who wanted to feature a Sails and Canvas product on the page.

Our Limited Originals series had caught her eye and in particular the retro rainbow flight bag.

The Sails and Canvas recycled sailcloth flight bag sits among a selection of upcycled products from across Europe – Swiss Freitag Backpacks manufactured from used truck tarpaulin – UK Wyatt & Jacks Triangular Pouches made from old bouncy castles, beach inflatables and salvaged deckchairs – Polish Ushirika, who sell bags made by a fairtrade co-operative based in Nairobi Kenya – German Upcycling Deluxe who reuse old cement sacks for their bags – Dutch based Handed By sell shopping bags which are hand woven by craftsmen in Vietnam and China using recycled plastic strips.

It’s good to see a pan-European collection of companies leading the way in the 3 R’s…Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.

Back with a new bag

Our latest collaboration exclusive to the Royal Museums Greenwich…Terra Nova recycled sail duffle bag created in response to the new Polar Worlds gallery at the National Maritime Museum and now available to buy on their online shop.

Part of the Terra Nova collection – this design features an embroidered badge, inspired by the emblem of the 1912 British Antarctic Expedition led by Captain Robert F Scott. 

The official Terra Nova emblem was designed by Edward Wilson, the expedition’s chief scientist and artist and was used on all the officers’ cutlery, dinnerware and on headed notepaper.

One of the most travelled tea clippers of it’s era, the Cutty Sark was built in Dumbarton, Scotland in 1869 and is now an award winning visitors attraction in Greenwich, under the umbrella of the Royal Museums Greenwich.

The Cutty Sark Shop had a facelift to mark the ship’s 150th anniversary and we were delighted when the Museum added our Sails and Canvas duffle in 3 jaunty colours, red, yellow and blue, to the shop’s offering….bags ahoy!

Image of list of artisan's at Sails and Canvas Christmas Emporium event

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…