When we applied to the Northern Craft Summer Fair we had no idea we would be asked to take part in this awesome exhibition, Pin Drop. Carley & Sean commissioned 21 artists, designers and makers to each design a pin badge that would depict the North of England. Well we jumped at the chance to be a part of this! Our design came from the inspiration that is our little dog, Pip. He’s a little Chorkie but with way more Yorkshire Terrier in him than Chihuahua, so we thought what could be more northern than a little Yorkie?! (Well probably a lot more but we love dogs!)
The whole event was very secretive and Carley & Sean made sure not to unveil any of the pin designs until the weekend of the summer fair. However, they asked a local Instagrammer and designer herself, Kim Lawler of Finest Imaginary, to pick her five favourite designs and share each of them on social media and amazingly we ended up being one of them!
How cool are the other designs by Drew Milward, Telegramme, Dick Vincent and Amy Panda?! To see more of the pin designs and to see which ones we picked up at the fair check our Instagram page or better still, read all about each designer/maker by checking out this link by Northern Craft; https://www.northerncraft.co.uk/pin-drop
We thoroughly enjoyed the Northern Craft Summer Fair at Northern Monk Refectory in Leeds two weeks ago and even took Pip along with us! As usual he was an instant hit meeting lots of new people but by the Sunday he was done and asleep under the table for most of the day. As usual the fair was brilliantly organised by Carley & Sean even to the point of them arranging a free lunch for every stall holder by the fabulous Golden Balls Kitchen and Manjits Kitchen UK.
Thanks for another great event Northern Craft and of course to all the lovely folk who came by! See you at the South Bank Social in Leeds on the 26th August!
Something we haven’t really shouted about but which is a massive part of our brand is that we raise money for various causes that we feel strongly about. We decided that we would give a percentage of our profits from the craft & print fairs we take part in to different charities.
So far we’ve raised money for the Liverpool homeless and housing charity, The Whitechapel Centre. These guys do such a wonderful job for people who are living on the streets or struggling to maintain their accommodation, teaching them the life skills needed for independent living. Homelessness in the UK is soaring so we felt it only right that some of our profits went here, after all there is that saying that everyone is only a pay check away from becoming homeless. If you want to see what amazing things The Whitechapel Centre do, click here: http://www.whitechapelcentre.co.uk/
Half of the proceeds of the poster we did for the Independent Liverpool Gin Festival in April went to The Whitechapel Centre so if any of you bought one of these we hope you’ll feel very proud knowing that half of your hard-earned cash went to this worthy cause!
We have recently set up a Just Giving page for our charity donations. So, if you’ve bought anything from us this year you’ll be able to see that some of your money will have gone to the Alzheimer’s Society, a cause that is very close to our hearts: https://www.alzheimers.org.uk/
Also, if any of you lovely people have purchased one of these ‘Bad Ass’ pins from us, we hope that you’ll be happy to know that for every one we’ve sold, £1 has gone to The Donkey Sanctuary. This brilliant charity makes a profound difference to donkeys and people all over the world. We love donkeys! Check out their work here: https://www.thedonkeysanctuary.org.uk/
After the great opportunity we had selling at Liverpool Sound City as part of Screenadelica and Flatstock 60 at Primavera Sound Festival we decided to donate a percentage of these profits to Refugee Action in the light of the refugee crisis. This charity does a hell of a lot of work in the Liverpool region as well as nation wide, check them out here: http://www.refugee-action.org.uk/
Did you guys see the hype surrounding this festival? We couldn’t wait to be a part of The National Festival of Making up in Blackburn! Before we left to drive up on the Saturday morning we were watching the BBC Breakfast News coverage of it so obviously we were excited!
The craft fair, just one part of the festival, was located in the grand Edwardian King George’s Hall in the centre of Blackburn. A beautiful interior.
We really enjoyed this event as it felt very much like everyone was part of a big ‘makers’ community and we didn’t go hungry what will all the wonderful homemade food on offer!
Big shout out to one of our neighbours; Aliyah Hussain (Instagram page @ahussain.jewellery) who won the Crafts Council award ‘Ones to Watch’. She makes beautiful jewellery using ceramic and the shapes and colours are fabulous! Go and see for yourself: http://www.ahussainjewellery.co.uk/ I even had to buy a necklace for myself!
A huge thanks to all who came by and said hi and of course to those who bought from us!
Thanks for a great weekend Blackburn!
Wow! What a busy month April has been for us! From Print Stuff to Northern Craft, a fair every weekend to keep us going and we’ve thoroughly enjoyed the challenge!
LIVERPOOL PRINT FAIR – 8th April 2017
It was a great experience to have a stall at this years Liverpool Print Fair as well as organising it as part of The Print Social. Along with Things By Us we designed an A5 print that would be free to the first 100 people through the doors of The Bluecoat and boy was it a busy day!
We had the pleasure of chatting to lots of lovely people who had such kind things to say about our work! We really enjoyed being surrounded by such awesome printers and meeting some new faces too, always a bonus!
Thanks to Liverpool Print Fair for a brilliant day!
LIVERPOOL FOOD & DRINK FESTIVAL – 15th & 16th April 2017
Over the Easter weekend we were lucky enough to pitch up our stall at the annual spring Liverpool Food and Drink Festival in Sefton Park. This was the first year that they had incorporated a craft tent into the festival so we had the chance to experience it from a completely new perspective which was pretty cool.
Big shout out to Ryde who were serving coffee from a vintage caravan. Looking forward to more awesome coffee from these cool guys at The Good Life Experience in September! Check out their bicycle and coffee shop down in the Baltic Triangle in Cains Brewery.
At the beginning of April we had the pleasure of travelling up to the historic walled city of York for Print Stuff; an independent print and publishing fair.
@helloprintstuff really pulled off the event. Especially with it being held in the Victorian building, De Grey Rooms, a brilliant venue for a print fair!
It’s no surprise it was a great turnout, there were so many talented printers under one roof with people passing by all day. Like each event we take part in we had a hard time deciding which prints we wanted to buy.
A huge thanks to all the wonderful people who stopped by our stall to browse, buy and just say hi and have a chat, we thoroughly appreciate it.
We should also mention we had the fab company of @fledglingstudio & @seanbarr on the way up so never a dull moment, thanks for the fun journey there and back you two!
Looking forward to hopefully taking part in another Print Stuff in the future!
So our last fair of April took us back up to Yorkshire but this time for Northern Craft Fair in Leeds and instead; representing The Print Social along with Mark and Abe from Things By Us.
We were super excited about this fair, not only because it was held in Northern Monk Brewery with an array of great beers, but also because we knew that the guys behind Northern Craft – Sean Mort and Carley Batley would do a grand job of curating it, which of course they did!
We really enjoyed being able to show off lots of work by other designers and illustrators from The Print Social making us proud to be from up North!
Of course it wasn’t all work work work, we had a great evening catching up with the fabulous OR8 Design and The Lost Fox soaking up a few more beers in the trendy pubs of Leeds.
Thanks all for a fun weekend. We’re going to make sure we’re poised for the opening of applications for the Northern Craft Summer Fair in a few months. Fingers crossed!
The last few months of 2016 were very busy for us on the lead up to Christmas. As our first festive season trading as Toucan Tango we made sure to book ourselves into lots of fairs and craft events to ensure we got our name out and promote our brand as much as possible, plus we managed to have a great time whilst doing just that!
We kicked off in November attending Unwrapped Print Fair at the International Anthony Burgess Foundation; located at Chorlton Mill, a superb example of industrial architecture. Unwrapped was also in it’s first year and showcased the work of artists and designers from the North of England focusing on traditional printmaking methods. It was great to see so much talent amongst the 20 stallholders with a diverse mix of products on sale, in fact there was so much we wanted to buy for ourselves! We really enjoyed this fair, especially being surrounded by like-minded people and the organisers did a fantastic job considering it was their first event, hats off to you guys at Unwrapped!
Nearly forgot to mention; our fun didn’t stop there as we were headed over to Manchester Albert Hall to drop off the gig posters we designed and printed for Dinosaur Jr for their show that night which was an absolutely incredible performance! Happy we got to see them play!
The next event we were part of was the Landbaby & Co Handmade Christmas Fair in the stunning village of Port Sunlight on the Wirral. A beautifully quaint setting for this lovely craft fair just in time for the run up to Christmas and we couldn’t help but get excited for the festivities too!
And with good reason as the following weekend was the biggest event in the Christmas calendar for us; the Winter Arts Market. Usually held in the very grand St George’s Hall, this last year marked the start of it’s new location – Liverpool Cathedral on St James’s Mount. And what an awe-inspiring location it is. We felt very privileged we were selected as one of the stall holders here and had the most enjoyable day wandering around admiring the other stalls and chatting to so many members of the public who had patiently queued outside in the cold to get in. No-one could believe just how busy it was all day and the atmosphere was wonderful with people enjoying the beautifully ornate surroundings with their family and friends; the perfect festive day out (for us too)!
We ended our festive run with the Independent Liverpool Christmas Festival held over four days in The Great Baltic Warehouse. We had the pleasure of representing The Print Social sharing a stall with lots of brilliant work by talented printmakers who make up some of the faces of the collective; http://www.theprintsocial.com/ A really fantastic event with so many great street food choices for our dinner each evening, not forgetting one of our favourites – ‘gin in a tin’ – can’t complain about having to work when you’ve got one of them in your hand! We really enjoyed being part of something a bit different and had many a good chat with some great people who took the time to check out our work and took an interest in what we’re doing which is what it’s all about!
One last thing before we let you go, we’re proud to mention that we managed to raise £310 over the Christmas period for The Whitechapel Centre which helps the homeless in Liverpool, a cause very close to our hearts. So if you’d like to check out the important work these guys do, visit http://www.whitechapelcentre.co.uk
Toucan Tango is here and open for business. We make printed goods from our home studio in the North West of the UK. All of our prints are printed on high quality recycled card and all our products we check to make sure they are sustainably sourced.Every sale on our site or pop up shop a percentage of sales will go to raise money for a charity.
So the gift your buying will keep on giving.