#ShopCambridgeshire: Christmas Shopping Events – Part 2

Here’s part two of our list of 30 Christmas shopping events taking place across Cambridgeshire… and just beyond. Today we bring you a further 15 upcoming events where you’ll discover plenty of treasures – and that are sure to get you feeling festive!

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1. Rowan’s Winter Warmer
When? Wednesday 4th December
Where? Rowan, 40 Humberstone Road, Cambridge CB4 1JG
What? “Join us for a festive evening at Rowan where you can buy handmade gifts and cards, commission artwork and get involved in our Christmas workshops!” Rowan is a charity and arts centre for people with learning difficulties based in Cambridge. They invite you to their annual Winter Warmer being held tomorrow from 5pm – free entry and live music from 7pm. Find out further details and RSVP here.


2. Christmas Craft Fair @ Ely Cathedral Centre
When? Saturday 7th December
Where? Ely Cathedral Centre, Palace Green, Ely CB7 4EW
What? “Come along for a celebration of all things handmade at our fabulous Christmas Craft Fair.” Ely Cathedral Conference Centre are hosting more than 20 stalls of beautiful handmade gifts across three floors. A great opportunity to “find that perfect Christmas gift or decoration for the home.” There will be mince pies and hot drinks available from their café – find out opening times and RSVP here.


3. Christmas Gifts & Crafts Fair @ Wood Green
When? Saturday 7th December
Where? Wood Green, London Road, Godmanchester PE29 2NH
What? “A festive opportunity to buy some lovely gifts or to treat yourself. The gifts and crafts fair will be in the King’s Suite at Wood Green, Godmanchester. A variety of local gifts and crafts stalls, such as jewellery, cards, candles, art, knitted items and a charity raffle.” Find out further details and RSVP here.

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4. Duxford Advent Market 2019
When? Saturday 7th December
Where? St John’s Church, St John’s Street, Duxford CB22 4RA
What? “Duxford Advent Market is an annual German-style craft market, held in our atmospheric redundant church of St John’s. Our festive event is held on a Saturday afternoon and evening. We have carols, music, mulled wine, hot food, craft stalls of every description and, of course, Santa Claus is there too. Everyone is welcome, entry is free to all, although we hope you’ll buy a mug of gluhwein and a raffle ticket and go away with all your Christmas presents sorted!” Find out further details and RSVP here.


5. Mill Road Winter Fair 2019
When? Saturday 7th December
Where? Mill Road, Cambridge
What? “Every year, on the first Saturday in December, Mill Road is transformed. People take over from cars, shopkeepers turn out and set up their stalls, and we provide spaces for local businesses and charities to sell crafts, gifts and refreshments all along the street. Interspersed with the stalls are buskers, circus performers, dancers, poets and storytellers to entertain and inspire.” ‘Nature’ is the theme for 2019 so expect to see nature-inspired costumes, stall decorations and parade props! Join thousands of Cambridge residents and visitors for this popular annual event. Find out more details of what’s on throughout the day here – and RSVP on Facebook here.


6. Burwell Print Centre Christmas Fayre
When? Saturday 7th December
Where? Mandeville Hall, Burwell, Cambridge CB25 0AR
What? Burwell Print Centre is a social enterprise that has been making a difference within the local community for over 30 years. Each day at Burwell Print, “up to 10 people with learning disabilities are supported and trained to provide high quality digital print work, a range of print finishing, graphic design services and business services such as mail-shots.” Join them for their Christmas Fayre this Saturday where you will find a great selection of craft stalls! There will also be a raffle, Santa’s Grotto, fabulous food, and a craft area for children to decorate their own tree decoration for a small donation. Find out further details and RSVP here.

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7. Christmas Fair @ The Green Backyard
When? Saturday 7th December
Where? The Green Backyard, Oundle Road, Peterborough PE2 8AT
What? “Our Christmas Fair is back with great stalls, music, activities, food and drink. The aim of this event is to bring the community together in a festive and joyful celebration of the year. The fair is an opportunity to champion our local creators and give our community the opportunity to buy unique gifts and produce as well as raise awareness of what is on offer in the surrounding areas.” Find out further details and RSVP here.


8. Christmas Open Studio – Paula Armstrong Ceramics
When? Thursday 12th – Friday 13th December
Where? 5 Rookery Place, Fenstanton PE28 9LZ
What? “Paula Armstrong Ceramics is opening the studio for a great Christmas shopping event. Paula will be there to chat about her work at the studio as well as having a range of hand built ceramics, Christmas decorations and gift voucher present options available. There will also be hot drinks available to visitors.” Find out more and RSVP here.


9. Christmas Cornucopia @ Haddenham Arts Centre
When? Now until Tuesday 24th December
Where? Haddenham Arts Centre, 20 High St, Haddenham CB6 3XA
What? “Christmas here at the Arts Centre is quite magical. Enjoy your Christmas shopping with a feast of original work from local and regional artists and makers including jewellery, hand-made glass, ceramics, textiles and one-off pieces of art that you can’t find elsewhere. Pop in and make your own wish list or browse for gifts and enjoy a glass of mulled wine or hot chocolate and a mince pie in our festive themed tea room. Come and see Daisy our life-sized cow who lives in our sculpture garden with her Christmas makeover.” Find out more and RSVP here.

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10. Balsham Christmas Market
When? Saturday 14th December
Where? Village Hall (Church Institute), Balsham, Cambridge CB21 4DS
What? Balsham Community Market is a non-profit organisation bringing food, families and friends together. Join them for their annual Christmas event, an intimate market of 15 stalls selling locally produced food and gifts. You can expect to find: beef, wild game, savoury food, cakes, chocolate, bread, cheese, honey, coffee, preserves and Greek food. There will also be stalls selling silver jewellery, textiles, Christmas wreaths and natural soaps. Find out further details and RSVP here.


11. Last Gang’s Alternative Xmas Market
When? Sunday 15th December
Where? The Blue Moon, 2 Norfolk Street, Cambridge CB1 2LF
What? “Everyone has that friend… someone who you never know what to buy as a gift for them. Well have no fear this Christmas… the Last Gang Alternative Xmas Market is back! Handmade and quirky gifts, art prints, unique jewellery, awesome accessories, peculiar homewares and clothing that is too cool for the high street.” Find out further details and RSVP here.


12. Ramsey Christmas Fayre
When? Sunday 15th December
Where? Ramsey Community Centre, Stocking Fen Rd, Ramsey PE26 2UR
What? “Bring your friends and family along to socialise, enjoy a glass of mulled wine and squeeze in some Christmas shopping! Local businesses and craft stalls selling gifts, treats, festive refreshments, mince pies and much more!” Find out further details and RSVP here.

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13. Mistletoe & Wine Exhibition @ VK Gallery
When? Now until Tuesday 24th December
Where? VK Gallery, 18A Bridge St, St Ives PE27 5EG
What? Join our member VK Gallery for their annual Christmas exhibition at their beautiful gallery in St Ives, Cambridgeshire. They are currently showcasing paintings, limited edition prints, ceramics, glass, textiles, jewellery and decorations which are perfect for the home this Christmas. If online shopping is more your thing then you can also buy online here.


14. Christmas Shopping @ The Makers’ Shelf
When? Now until Tuesday 24th December
Where? The Makers’ Shelf, 8A Old Station Road, Newmarket CB8 8DN
What? Our member The Makers’ Shelf invite you to support small and independent this Christmas at their lovely gift shop based in Newmarket. The Makers’ Shelf sell high quality handmade products by 70+ designers and makers from across the UK. They aim to provide a unique gift experience – and have recently launched an online shop too!


15. All Saints Art & Craft Market
When? Saturdays (7th, 14th & 21st December)
Where? All Saints Garden, Trinity Street, Cambridge CB2 1TQ
What? There are just three weekends left until Christmas and on Saturdays you can find the All Saints Art & Craft Market in the heart of Cambridge’s city centre. The market is “friendly and welcoming, selling everything from fine jewellery, pottery and sculpture, to photography, paintings, prints and clothing. You can talk to the artists themselves about the crafts they make and you may even observe them working there.” You can find out more about the sellers over on their Instagram here.

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If you share our desire to shop and support local then do keep an eye out for future posts in our #ShopCambridgeshire series. There are so many fantastic products and services we want to share with you – from local artists, designers, makers, charities and independent businesses across Cambridgeshire. Are you looking for something in particular? We would love to help you find it – so do get in touch or drop us a DM on Instagram. You can also browse 9,000+ shares by local creatives and creative organisations over on the community hashtag: #CambsCreativeTreasures

[ Header Image: Illustrations by local design studio Snowtap – stallholders at Mill Road Winter Fair 2019 and All Saints Art & Craft Market ]

#ShopCambridgeshire: Christmas Shopping Events – Part 1

With less than four weeks to go until Christmas we have put together a list of 30 festive shopping events taking place across Cambridgeshire… and just beyond. Today we bring you part one with 15 events where you are sure to find plenty of treasures!

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1. Etsy Made Local – Cambridge Made Christmas Fair
When? Thursday 28th – Saturday 30th November
Where? St Andrew’s Street Baptist Church, Cambridge CB2 3AR
What? “From quirky and unique jewellery to cosy crochet and knits, from on-trend homeware to natural skincare, from vintage and upcycled treasures to original prints, posters and cards. The Cambridge Made Christmas Fair has established itself as one of the city’s festive highlights, regularly attracting many thousands of visitors over three days.” Find out further details and RSVP here.


2. Burghley Christmas Fair & Fine Food Market
When? Thursday 28th November – Sunday 1st December
Where? Burghley House, Stamford PE9 3JY
What? “Our biggest ever Christmas Fair, with the special Angel Fair, will offer a unique opportunity to find perfect gifts in the beautiful Elizabethan surrounding of the Chestnut Courtyard and Brewhouse. Wander amongst the chalets, heated marquees and Fine Food Market and enjoy the perfect Christmas shopping opportunity in the festive surroundings of Burghley.” Find out further details and RSVP here.


3. Silver & Green Christmas Exhibition @ Fen Ditton Gallery
When? Thursday 28th November – Sunday 22nd December
Where? Fen Ditton Gallery, 23 High Street, Fen Ditton CB5 8ST
What? “Join us for warm and festive treats as you browse a selection of handcrafted gifts and contemporary art from British artists and makers.” You can expect to find ceramics by Jill Fanshawe Kato and Neil Tregear of Tregear Pottery, silverware by Janet Powell, photography by Lotte Attwood and much more! Find out further details and RSVP here.

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4. The Book Warren Christmas Fayre
When? Friday 29th November
Where? The Book Warren and Cafe, Willingham CB24 5EU
What? “With lots of wonderful artists, crafters and makers of beautiful things, our Christmas Fayre is the place to find special gifts. Try our new range of preserves and chutneys and enjoy a drink and a festive treat.” Find out further details and RSVP here.


5. Xmas Charity Sale @ The Locker Cafe
When? Friday 29th November
Where? The Locker Cafe, 54 Kings Street, Cambridge CB1 1LN
What? An opportunity to buy Christmas presents and support local charities including Cambridge Street Aid. You will find ceramics, cards, leather goods and weavings. Find out opening times and RSVP here.


6. Histon Handmade Christmas 2019
When? Saturday 30th November
Where? St Andrew’s Centre, School Hill, Histon CB24 9JE
What? “Histon Handmade is an ever evolving event and exhibitors are deliberately rotated to ensure that each event is unique.” This contemporary design and craft fair was founded by member and designer-jeweller Claire Howieson. You will find a wonderfully curated line up of 23 local artists and designers at Saturday’s event including three new exhibitors: handwoven scarves and shawls by Nikki Grant Weaving, mosaics and glass art by Terry Chance, and fibre artist The Lady Moth. Find the full list of exhibitors and RSVP here.

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7. Gifts at the Swifts Pop-up Shop
When? Saturday 30th November
Where? The Swifts, Haggis Gap, Fulbourn CB21 5HD
What? “Beautiful, unique, original handmade gifts, art, prints, jewellery, cakes, cards, Christmas decorations and more all under one roof for one day – sold direct to you by the maker.” Showcasing local artists Jackie Duckworth, Allison Henderson, wreaths by Fairweather Flowers, cakes by Cakeolicious, and more! Find out further details and RSVP here.


8. Ely Christmas Open Studios
When? Saturday 30th November – Sunday 1st December
Where? Various Studios in Ely
What? Join 12 artists this weekend across eight venues in and around Ely as they invite the public to view their studios and shop for original artwork and handcrafted items this Christmas. You will discover “an eclectic mix of jewellery, textiles, pottery, paintings, glasswork, handmade bags and clothes” from local artisans including Melanie Goemans, Carol and Bob Banks, Sarah Ruff, and Claire McGinley. You can find the full list of artists and venue locations here.


9. Manor Farm Christmas Fair 2019
When? Saturday 30th November
Where? Manor Farm, 14 Alms Hill, Bourn CB23 2SH
What? “Once again The Great Barn will be the perfect festive back-drop for our wonderful Christmas Fair. We look forward to welcoming over 50 stalls selling beautiful hand-made jewellery, artisan locally brewed craft beer, cards, decorations, unique gifts, homeware and handmade toys amongst many others. Christmas Trees and handcrafted wreaths also for sale. Father Christmas will be stopping by between 12pm and 2pm and there will be children’s activities to amuse little ones while you browse and shop.” Find out further details and RSVP here.

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10. Museum Shop Sunday @ The Museum of Cambridge
When? Sunday 1st December
Where? The Museum of Cambridge, Cambridge CB3 0AQ
What? “Join us to celebrate all things local, and pick up a few unique Christmas pressies for your loved ones. We’ll be welcoming special stalls from many of our local suppliers, right here at the Museum. There’ll be gorgeous locally made jewellery, glasswork, pottery and more, perfect for those extra-special gifts or the odd stocking-filler or two.” QHERE will be showcasing their eco-friendly bags – made from recycled bicycle inner-tubes – alongside jewellery designer-maker Birgitte Bruun and other local makers! Find out further details and RSVP here.


11. Anna’s Flower Farm Christmas Bazaar
When? Sunday 1st December
Where? Anna’s Flower Farm, Saffron Walden CB11 4JB
What? “Visit us for our 2nd Annual Christmas Bazaar with friends – The Modern Table cooking up the festive treats and master of flavours Bumble and Oak with chocolates. Gabby from Shop at SEED is bringing her ceramics with some new pieces especially for the Bazaar and finally, Gemma Rappensberger will be in the studio with her exquiste embroidery pieces. We will have wreaths, gifts and decorations so please join us around the fire pit.” Find out further details and RSVP here.


12. Swaffham Prior Pop-up Gallery
When? Sunday 1st December
Where? Village Hall, High St, Swaffham Prior CB25 0LD
What? Prior Arts Group present a Christmas art and craft fair in the village hall featuring the work of nine local artists and makers. On show will be a range of textiles, paintings, ceramics, prints, wooden crafts and jewellery. There will be plenty of unique and handmade gifts for sale at affordable prices! Find out further details and RSVP here.

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13. Christmas Market @ Hot Numbers Roastery
When? Monday 2nd – Friday 6th December
Where? Hot Numbers Roastery, Royston SG8 6RB
What? Hot Numbers are hosting a Christmas market at The Roastery next week where you will find pop-up stalls selling artisan food, candles, cards, jewellery, plants, knitwear, mosaics, wrapping paper and christmas decorations. Small and Green will be selling their plants on Tuesday and Wednesday, and local artist Naomi Davies will be selling her work on Thursday. For further details check out their Facebook page here.


14. Milton Winter Open Studios 2019
When? Thursday 5th December
Where? The Garden Studio, 6 Cambridge Road, Milton CB24 6AW
What? Our members Alison Hullyer and Divine Decadence Jewellery invite you to their upcoming Winter Open Studios event. Cheryl Bird and Linda Bartlett will be showcasing their beautifully handcrafted jewellery plus their sparkling crystal snowflake decorations. Alison will have her popular range of screen-printed tea towels and coasters as well as a selection of pictures and Christmas cards.


15. Love Local Christmas Pop-up @ The Maltings
When? Thursday 5th December 2019
Where? The Maltings, Riverside, Ship Lane, Ely CB7 4BB
What? “After the success of its first shopping event, Love Lane is hosting a Love Local Christmas evening at The Maltings in Ely.” Shop with over 30 local independents selling unique products. Tickets are £4 and include a gift and seasonal drink on arrival. Find out further details and RSVP here.

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If you share our desire to shop and support local then do keep an eye out for future posts in our #ShopCambridgeshire series. There are so many fantastic products and services we want to share with you – from local artists, designers, makers, charities and independent businesses across Cambridgeshire. Are you looking for something in particular? We would love to help you find it – so do get in touch or drop us a DM on Instagram. You can also browse 9,000+ shares by local creatives and creative organisations over on the community hashtag: #CambsCreativeTreasures

[ Header Image: Hand-lettered Ceramic Bauble by local designer-maker DaphneRosa – available to buy now on Etsy and at Cambridge Made Christmas Fair 2019 ]

What’s On: Shutter Hub present ‘Everything I Ever Learnt’ at the ARB, Cambridge Home + Garden Show 2019, Scrapstore Grand Reopening & more!

What’s On: Shutter Hub present ‘Everything I Ever Learnt’ at the ARB, Cambridge Home + Garden Show 2019, Scrapstore Grand Reopening & more! Read on to find out about these upcoming events and do get in touch to tell us about your creative events happening across Cambridgeshire, UK.

Shutter Hub in collaboration with ART at the ARB present an innovative new exhibition of photography at Cambridge University from Thursday 28th March until Friday 3rd May 2019. ‘Everything I Ever Learnt’ opened yesterday at the ARB (Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, Cambridge CB3 9DT) and showcases the work of almost 100 international photographers.

Shutter Hub says: “Visual communication is (generally) the first form of communication we encounter, and the exhibiting photographers are sharing images of personal influences, opening their world up to the eyes and interpretation of exhibition visitors.” Shutter Hub are known for “their work in democratising photography” and they have teamed up once again with Newspaper Club to bring around 150 images to this showcase – all of which have been printed on tabloid-sized newspaper!

[ Image by Shutter Hub – © Elizabeth Gleave – ‘Girl And Komodo Dragon’ ]

The exhibition follows the sentiment: “Everything I Ever Learnt – everything I have seen, felt, remembered, everything, influences and informs every thought I will ever have.” There will be limited edition newspaper prints on sale at the exhibition as well as online here until the end of the exhibition. Prints are priced at £28 each giving the public as well as collectors the chance to purchase innovative art at an affordable price. The exhibition is open Monday to Friday from 9-5PM and entrance is free.

[ Image by Shutter Hub – © Mitchell Moreno – Untitled from the series ‘Abide’ ]

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Byard Art (14 King’s Parade, Cambridge CB2 1SJ) launched their Spring show yesterday titled ‘Exhibition of Still Life’ which is on display in the gallery from Thursday 28th March until Sunday 28th April 2019. The works by contemporary artists Sarah Bowman, CJ Green, Jane Hooper, Tom Hughes, Kim Langford, Relton Marine, Este Mcleod and Vanessa Stone are all inspired by still life but the theme has been interpreted uniquely by each artist. A collection of “vibrant, functional ceramics by Ken Eardley and the more traditional earthenware majolica by Anthony Edmonds” can also be seen on show alongside the still life paintings. For more details and opening times head over to Byard Art’s website here.

 

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We are pleased to see Cambridge Home + Garden Show return for 2019 this weekend – Saturday 30th and Sunday 31st March. This year you can expect an even bigger and better event with 40 exhibitors in The Main Exhibition Hall of The Guildhall (Market Square, Cambridge CB2 3QJ). Talks will be held in The Speaker Hall located opposite the entrance to the main hall and will focus on interior and garden design, buying art for your home, designing for wellness, and stories from creatives.

You will find a variety of exhibitors from kitchen and bathroom specialists to artists and makers. Local exhibitors include Frameworks Cottenham, David Hall Kitchen and Furniture Makers, The Art Hound Gallery, Cambridge Water Harvesting, Art of Flooring, and Small and Green. Artists include photographer and textile designer Ali Dover, and fine art printmaker Iona Howard. We are excited to see our members colour + shape and Wild Rosamund are exhibiting too! Keep an eye out for exhibitors offering exclusive discounts and running competitions throughout the show.

[ Image by Cambridge Home + Garden Show ]

Cambridge Classics have created a living room set featuring their doors and windows which will be displayed on the stage in The Main Exhibition Hall, and Katie Malik Interiors has designed a room set – inspired by this year’s botanical and tropical trends – which will be on show in The Small Hall. Creative workshops are being held across the weekend for visitors who have pre-booked spaces – colour wheels with Philip Clay Design, lampshades with The Cambridge Fabric Company and floral tableaus with Wild Rosamund. Refreshments will once again be available from the Novi pop-up café and there is also a new retail area! If you haven’t yet got your free ticket there is still time to register here.

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This week's #throwbackthursday peeps through the doors of the Guildhall at the beautiful @novicambridge pop up cafe from the show last year, featuring furniture from @futoncompany and foliage from @annasflowerfarm. I'm delighted that Novi will be back with their cafe and supporting the event as a sponsor 🙌🏻 They'll be there to ensure you're all fueled and refreshed as you enjoy the exhibition and it's sure to provide some design inspiration too! ☕🍰🌿 Futon Company will once again have their lovely furniture in the cafe as well as on their stand as they join the show as an exhibitor! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 Don't forget to register for your free ticket (link in profile) #camhomeshow

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Cambridge Community Scrapstore (Unit 17, Barnwell Business Park, Barnwell Road, Cambridge CB5 8UZ) are hosting their grand reopening on Saturday 6th April 2019. Head down to see the new look store and products – there will be free hot/cold drinks and cupcakes! If you are not already a member then you can sign up for individual membership which costs £5 per year or group membership which is £10 per year. Cambridge Community Scrapstore source a wide selection of recycled and reused materials for use in art and craft activities or projects. You can find out more and RSVP to the event here.

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The Bridge Arts Festival, organised by Huntingdon & Godmanchester Twinning Association, is taking place on Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th April 2019 – with 40+ individual artists, local art groups and performing arts groups participating in the festival this year. There are a number of exhibitions taking place including collections of work by artists from all of the Twin Towns. Creative workshops include spinning and creative writing – and there will be lots of activities for children of all ages to participate in. You can expect to see performances by Hunts Youth Theatre, Hunts Drama Club, the Hunts Music School and many more.

Yarn-bombs have already started to appear in shop windows in both towns to help show where the exhibitions will be held! Head over and follow Huntingdon & Godmanchester Twinning Association on Facebook to see the build up to the festival over the coming week – and for a complete programme of events and information about tickets visit HGTA’s website here.

I found out about the upcoming festival when visiting Craft It Yourself (St Benedicts Court, Huntingdon PE29 3PN). I got a sneak peek at their piece for the yarn-bombing which is now in the shop window! Craft It Yourself sell craft supplies and handmade gifts – and they also host craft and chat social groups. Join like-minded crafters, have a chat and take your craft work with you to work on and show off (Tuesdays 10-12PM and Wednesdays 7-9PM, £3 per person which includes tea, coffee and biscuits).

  

[ Images by Stephanie Freeman ]

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#CambsCreativeTreasures: Featured Images – 22nd March 2019

In the last #CambsCreativeTreasures blog series post I talked about Instagram challenges and what you found positive about taking part. This week over on Instagram stories we asked two questions about which hashtags you like to use or enjoy exploring. The first focused on what your favourite art/craft/creative tags are and the second was about local hashtags.

We loved your responses to our questions and thought we would share these today as part of this week’s round-up. Local hashtags you use/explore include #fenland, #yeswecamb, #cbgtown, #camblocal, #cambridgecl, #cambridgelittlegems and #igerscambridge. Others I enjoy following are #cambslife, #wearecambridgeshire, #instacamb and #visitcambridgeandbeyond. There are some which fitted both topics such as #handmadeincambridgeshire, #cambridgecreatives and #cambridgemade – not forgetting #CambsCreativeTreasures and #CambsCreativeScene!

Creative hashtags you use/explore include #indierollercoaster – a supportive community for independent creative business owners, #indieillogang – used by independent illustrators, #heytheremaker – a creative community for makers (also featured by @heytheremaker), and #shopsmallchangehabits – encouraging people to consider buying from small businesses. Some of you also suggested more specific tags related to your craft such as #beaded, #handmade or #sewistsofinstagram! For any fellow crocheters out there I would recommend #hookmehappy which is a lovely feed I found through Cambridge-based crochet pattern designer @doraexplored.

Ok… can you tell I quite like a hashtag?! We even aptly named our membership collective #WeAreCambsCreatives! I hope you enjoy this week’s round-up of local creative treasures which includes a few Mother’s Day gift ideas – and don’t forget to come and find us on Instagram over at @cambscreativetreasures and @thetrove_cambridge.

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[ 1 ] Image shared by @clive_dawson – last of the season’s snowdrops:

Find out more about our member: Clive Dawson

 

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[ 2 ] Image by @littlegemsbymel – amethyst and feather charm:

Find out more about our member: Little Gems By Mel

 

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[ 3 ] Image by @snowtap – personalised family bear tree print:

 

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[ 4 ] Image by @handcraftedbooksbysueday – patterned papers for bookbinding:

Find out more about our member: Handcrafted Books By Sue Day

 

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[ 5 ] Image by @alisonhullyerillustration – dandelion clocks card range:

Find out more about our member: Alison Hullyer

 

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[ 6 ] Image by @elifs_patisserie – naked cake for baby shower:

 

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[ 7 ] Image by @oliver_hilton_art – detail of large abstract painting:

 

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[ 8 ] Image by @clairefolkesceramics – collaboration with The Essential Soaps:

Find out more about our member: Claire Folkes

 

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[ 9 ] Image shared by @lunaglitterbar – styling and glitter photoshoot (Image by @ayellephoto):

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What’s On: Enchanted Cinema Summer Season Launch, IgersCambridge InstaMeet, Cambridge Drawing Society Spring Exhibition & more!

What’s On: Enchanted Cinema Summer Season Launch, IgersCambridge InstaMeet, Cambridge Drawing Society Spring Exhibition & more! Read on to find out about these upcoming events and do get in touch to tell us about your creative events happening across Cambridgeshire, UK.

On Friday 15th March 2019, Enchanted Cinema* launched their upcoming line-up and tickets for their 5th Summer season of outdoor cinema which will be taking place at The Gonville Hotel (Gonville Place, Cambridge CB1 1LY) for 2019! I am pleased to share with you some of the upcoming films on show throughout May to September. Enchanted Cinema says: “We will have a whole new set up, including a new bar, deckchairs and screen, with even more emphasis on lighting and the whole aesthetic. We will again be having some of the best street food in Cambridge alongside us and incredible live music before each screening.”

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In collaboration with The Cambridge Jazz Festival, the first film screening this summer will be Ray on Thursday 16th May 2019. This collaboration also sees the Thursday showings of The Great Gatsby on 20th June, Mo Better Blues on 18th July, When Harry Met Sally on 15th August, Amelie on 22nd August, The Pianist on 5th September, and Django on 19th September. Enchanted Cinema will be joined by some of Cambridge’s amazing local musicians who will be performing and helping to set the mood before the screenings start.

Other films on show include A Star is Born (18th May, 28th June, 25th August & 13th September), Bohemian Rhapsody (19th May, 29th June, 20th July, 24th August & 14th September), Dirty Dancing (30th May & 23rd August), Grand Budapest Hotel (15th June), and Back To The Future (16th June). You can see the full line-up and purchase your tickets here.

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IgersCambridge have teamed up with Visit Cambridge to host their first InstaMeet which will also be in collaboration with IgersUK and Visit England. What is an InstaMeet I hear you say? It is a meeting of like-minded and passionate Instagramers who get together to explore a particular place or City and take photographs. This event is taking place on Sunday 24th March 2019 and could be a great networking opportunity for those looking to get to know local photographers and content creators. Head over to Instagram to find out more – limited spaces available!

 

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I am excited to welcome The Lodge Flower and Craft School on board as a member of The Trove Cambridge’s community #WeAreCambsCreatives! If you are looking to get creative or learn a new skill then do head over and check out the upcoming craft workshops at The Lodge (Hemingford Grey House, Church Street, Hemingford Grey PE28 9DF), where they offer a range of classes as well as one-to-one tuition, hen parties, private group workshops and children’s parties.

On Saturday 23rd March 2019 they are hosting a half day Spring Basket floristry class from 10-1PM which costs £55 per person. Other upcoming workshops include: Secret Belgian Bookbinding (£125.00, Friday 29th March from 10-4PM), Thursday Flower Club (£25.00, Thursday 4th April from 10-12PM), Silk Painting (£35.00, Thursday 4th April 2019 from 7-9PM), and Fabric Bowl (£45.00, Friday 5th April from 10-4PM). You can see their full range of courses here.

 

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Cambridge Drawing Society are holding their next exhibition from Saturday 23rd – Saturday 30th March 2019 at The Pitt Building (Trumpington Street, Cambridge CB2 1RP). Cambridge Drawing Society was founded in 1882 and its members are artists who live within 30 miles of Great St Mary’s, Cambridge. The annual Spring exhibition showcases over 400 new and original works by around 100 different artists.

I visited the exhibition last year and was very impressed by the work on display – a wonderful selection of paintings, mixed media, collage, prints, illustrations and sculpture spanning two large rooms. It is definitely up there as one of the best local exhibitions I have visited – with such a high standard of work on show and a mixed price range for those who might be looking to make a purchase. The exhibition will be open 10-5:30PM with free admission, finishing at 4PM on Saturday 30th. It is opposite Fitzbillies so you get can your chelsea bun fix too!

 

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#CambsCreativeTreasures: Featured Images – 8th March 2019

It is a week since we launched our new #CambsCreativeTreasures series here on the blog. We have discovered new local artists, designers and makers joining in and sharing their work with us and I am very excited to announce that we hit 6000+ shares on the feed on Wednesday! Thank you to everyone who is taking part and we look forward to hitting the next big milestone with you.

This week we wanted to talk about Instagram challenges with the return of Joanne Hawker’s #MarchMeetTheMaker. Everyday throughout the month of March you are given a prompt for sharing an image which will tell your followers something about your business or creations. We asked for feedback on what you love about these challenges and we received some great responses. Cambridge-based maker Alice of @simplyfelting said:

“I find them inspiring and I love meeting new people and seeing their artwork.”

We also received this great comment from @womanin.progress:

“The community it brings – highlighting new people to follow and engage with.”

There’s still time to get involved throughout the month – head over here to find out the prompts for the coming week. Some of the images I selected to share this week are inspired by prompts from the #MarchMeetTheMaker challenge. I hope you enjoy this week’s round-up and don’t forget to come and find us on Instagram over at @cambscreativetreasures!

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[ 1 ] Image shared by @reladesigns – spring inspired make-up bag:

Find out more about our member: Rela Designs

 

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[ 2 ] Image by @bloodielle – freesia sketching practise:

 

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[ 3 ] Image by @dizzydollylou – special charm necklace:

Find out more about our member: Dizzydollylou

 

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[ 4 ] Image by @arcjewellery – works in progress on the bench:

 

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[ 5 ] Image by @theessentialsoaps – eczema soaps back in stock:

 

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[ 6 ] Image by @felt_fancies – product range prompt:

 

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[ 7 ] Image by @theladymoth – felted wool sculptures:

Find out more about our member: The Lady Moth

 

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[ 8 ] Image by @jamiesuggartist – The Round Church, Cambridge:

Find out more about our member: Jamie Sugg

 

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[ 9 ] Image shared by @cmarshallartsuk – flatlay wildlife pins:

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Day 3 - Flatlay🎨• • It’s Day 3 of the #marchmeetthemaker challenge and today we’re talking about flatlays! I feel like it’s an Instagram sin, but I will openly admit that I am awful at taking flatlays. When I added pins to my collection I was really quite scared about photographing them as I knew flatlays would be an integral part, and given my prior experience I had concerns 😂 however, they actually turned out to be really fun to do with pins, and I think I’m getting better...! • • For those of you who don’t know me, my name is Charlie and I run CMarshallArts, home to my colourful watercolour creations of wildlife! I sell cards, originals, prints and pins ☺️

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#IWD2019 – a Community of Inspiring Women

International Women’s Day (March 8) is observed across the world encouraging the celebration of women’s achievements – social, economic, cultural and political – as well as raising awareness of gender bias. To celebrate #IWD2019 I want to give a shout out to our incredibly talented members and I also want to share three posts I came across today on Instagram that depict the theme of inspiring women within our local creative community.

#WeAreCambsCreatives is a collective of local artists, designers and makers based in Cambridgeshire, UK who run their own creative businesses. They are inspiring representatives of the creative industries covering a range of disciplines – including painters, illustrators, photographers, jewellers, textile artists, florists, bakers, interior designers, bookbinders, glasswork artists and product designers. Head over to our members page to discover their work and stories:

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Our member Wild Rosamund shared an interesting story about a woman named Constance Spry who has been a huge inspiration to her and the world of floristry. Bridget says:

“Even now, a woman ‘playing with flowers’ – as floristry is often disparagingly termed – isn’t seen as an art form worthy of note, even though we happily glorify the 17th & 18th century painters (mainly men) who painted them so beautifully. I raise my hyacinth to you, Constance, and will continue to ‘play with flowers’ in your honour.”

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HAPPY WOMEN'S DAY ★ Today on International Women's Day I thought I'd share the story of a woman who has inspired me and the world of floristry massively: Constance Spry. She was a working class Derby girl who trained as a nurse but ended up revolutionisung the world of floristry and arranging the flowers for the Queen's coronation in 1953. She pioneered the use of unusual floral materials in her compositions, with kale, weeds and grasses nestled among more traditional flowers. She practically created the vintage, eclectic look we love today, rummaging through her attic for unusual containers for her arrangements. After her death in 1960, she caused controversy when a 2004 exhibition about her at the Design Museum in London resulted in the resignation of the museum's chairman, inventor James Dyson, who considered the show 'unworthy'. Well, bol**cks to you, Mr Dyson! Bloody typical! Even now, a woman 'playing with flowers' - as floristry is often disparagingly termed - isn't seen as an art form worthy of note, even though we happily glorify the 17th & 18th century painters (mainly men) who painted them so beautifully. I raise my hyacinth to you, Constance, and will continue to 'play with flowers' in your honour.

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Award-winning Ely-based chocolatier and social enterprise Harry Specters are dedicating their social media posts to their “choc boss” Mona today. Mona’s love for chocolate and drive for building positive change for people with autism, led to her starting a business that focuses on creating employment opportunities for young people with autism; through the crafting of artisanal chocolates. Head over to Harry Specters’ Instagram to find out more:

 

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Finally I wanted to share this illustration by the super talented AV Typography! Amy Vann creates brush lettered designs and is an inspirational young woman who runs two small businesses. As well as selling her range of prints and cards, she is also the photographer at Girl Behind The Lens working on product, portrait, lifestyle and business shoots. We commissioned Amy to design our #CambsCreativeTreasures logo last year and she was great to work with. See more of her work over on Instagram:

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Happy #internationalwomensday 🙌🏼 Let’s give a shout out to all the fabulous women out there! Whether it’s in business, at home or simply by being themselves, tag an amazing woman in your life below! 💕 . . . #inspireothers #womensupportingwomen #howyouglow #balanceforbetter #iwd2019 #womenarestrong #empowereachother #womenwhowork #societygal #herecomethegirls #womensupportingwomen #womensday #dreamersanddoers #hersuccess #holdthemoment #thefutureisfemale #girlpower #prettylittlething #illustrator #illustrationsofinstagram #ladieswholunch #buildanempire #femaleentrepreneurs #lovelylittlesquares #thedarlingmovement #lifeunscripted #petitejoys #psimadethis #thatauthenticfeeling

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What’s On: Tours at David Parr House, New Designers at VK Gallery, CamCreatives Meetup & more!

What’s On: Tours at David Parr House, New Designers at VK Gallery, CamCreatives Meetup & more! Read on to find out about these upcoming events and do get in touch to tell us about your creative events happening across Cambridgeshire, UK.

Our member Caroline Henricksen is currently exhibiting a collection of her botanical paintings and collages at The Locker (54 King St, Cambridge CB1 1LN) until Monday 11th March 2019. A range of original artworks, prints and cards are available to purchase at the venue. The Locker is one of many local businesses that display works by local artists and they also host a variety of other events within the café throughout the year – you can find out more here.

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Have you heard about the incredible restoration of David Parr House? Tamsin Wimhurst first discovered 186 Gwydir St, Cambridge (CB1 2LW) back in 2009. From 1886 it was home to Arts & Crafts worker David Parr who worked for Cambridge-based F R Leach & Sons. David Parr spent 40 years decorating his home which features hand-painted walls inspired by the likes of William Morris and the iconic patterns of the arts and crafts movement. You can find out more about the history of David Parr House CIO, a registered charity since 2014, and the extraordinary interiors here.

Tamsin alongside a board of trustees, with the help of over fifty volunteers and talents of specialist teams, and with funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund has brought about the restoration and conservation of this exciting Cambridge treasure. Volunteers completed projects such as an archaeological dig in the back garden of the property and cataloguing five thousand items from inside the house. It has been a joy watching the updates unfold over on Instagram! This unique project is now complete and the house is open to the public for viewing, with tours starting on 16th May 2019.

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An important phase of the conservation work is underway in the house. Several sections of the wall paintings have been damaged over the century by atmospheric conditions, additions of 20th-century fittings and general wear and tear. Some areas can be restored - that's what's happening here.⠀ ⠀ The talented team from #TobitCurteisAssociates has been sensitively cleaning every inch of the wall paintings, re-adhering flaking paint, and retouching areas of damage. Meticulous colour matching has been taking place with incredible attention to detail!⠀ ⠀ #restoration #conservation #wallpainting #colourmatching #DavidParrHouse #Cambridge #DecorativeArts #InteriorDesign #ArtsAndCraftsMovement #CambridgeHistory #SurfaceDecoration Photo by Abi Cochran @silverspirals_

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Discover works by selected new designers at VK Gallery (18A Bridge St, St Ives PE27 5EG) throughout March 2019 at the gallery’s latest exhibition. It was great to spy our member Kate Green‘s paintings on display! Colour also appears in the contemporary jewellery by Fern Robinson and bold paintings by Tessa Pearson. Three new ceramicists are also on show – find hand-formed pieces by Sam Walker, porcelain tableware by Sadie Clough, and clay vessels by Alice Funge. New Designers is on until Saturday 30th March 2019.

  

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Back in September we announced Harriet Kelsall’s book launch and we are pleased to let you know that she will be speaking at an upcoming CamCreatives meetup later this month. The talk, hosted by Sookio and Steve O’Connor, will be held at the CUC Wine Bar (The University Centre, Cambridge CB2 1RU) on Wednesday 27th March 2019 from 7:30PM.

Harriet Kelsall is a highly successful businesswoman and a mentor to creative start-ups. In her book, The Creative’s Guide to Starting a Business: How to turn your talent into a career, she gives tips that she has learnt from her own experience of starting a creative business and also relays advice from industry experts. You can sign up to the talk here – I am really looking forward to attending this event and hope to see you there!

CamCreatives organise events which bring ‘Creative Thinkers and Doers of Cambridgeshire’ together with many aims including encouraging collaboration across the creative industries. You can follow CamCreatives on Facebook here to find out more.

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Great to see my book on sale @fitzmuseum_uk earlier

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#CambsCreativeTreasures: Featured Images – 1st March 2019

Happy Fri-yay! I am very excited to introduce a new blog series over here at The Trove Cambridge. Every Friday I will be selecting nine images from the community #CambsCreativeTreasures feed on Instagram to share with you! Back in 2014 we started using the hashtag to share our discoveries of the local creative scene across social media. Over the past five years it has been incredible to see so many creatives from across Cambridgeshire joining in and sharing their work and discoveries with us.

In 2017 we created our second Instagram account where we feature posts shared on the feed – follow @cambscreativetreasures to find out more! We love connecting with the local creative community using the hashtag and it is a great way to see what our members are working on. As I write this post we are close to hitting 6000 shares! I hope you enjoy this new series and seeing the selected images each week – be sure to head over to Instagram to see more from these talented local artists, designers and makers.

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[ 1 ] Image shared by @bigskyarts – behind the scenes at art club:

 

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[ 2 ] Image by @cambrolino – ceramics in sunlight and shadow:

 

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[ 3 ] Image by @emilykayedesign – sketching on the train:

Find out more about our member: Tattypie

 

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[ 4 ] Image by @clarekenwardflowers – textures in the floral details:

Find out more about our member: Clare Kenward Flowers

 

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[ 5 ] Image by @daphnerosaflowers – cosy work in progress:

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Sunday Sunday... weekend at my mums on the coast always means plenty of tea & relaxing but I have managed to squeeze in a little bit of work... but cutting petals on the sofa in pyjamas with a cuppa never really feels like work! Today I really need to get out for a run as I’m a bit behind with the old #couchto5k & then might go for a stroll on the beach with the little man... bucket & spade at the ready! Always a big fan of a slow Sunday to recoup before the week ahead... how bout you? Is your day packed full of plans or are you chilling out today? However you’re spending it I hope you have a lovely day ahead! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #slowsunday #creativeliving #creativityeveryday #thenativecreative #doitfortheprocess #instacraft #waketomake #freestylecreativeliving #creativeprocess #getcreativedaily #lovetolearn #heytheremaker #cambscreativetreasures #cambridgemade #etsyselleruk #etsysellersofinstagram #handmadelove #smallbusinesslove #verilymoment #feelfreefeed #momentsofmine #everydaymoments #lifewellcaptured #lovingtheordinarymoments

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[ 6 ] Image by @nokodesignsjewellery – wedding season inspiration:

Find out more about our member: NokoDesigns

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Planning a wedding or hen do? How about something for the wedding party to wear? BRIDE & BRIDESMAID personalised bracelets in sterling silver beads and/or rose gold. Who doesn’t love a wedding? DM me for details or visit the link in bio.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ _⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ _⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ _⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #nokodesignsjewellery ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #bohemianstyle #bohemiangirl #bohemianfashion #bohovibes #boholifestyle ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #howtostyle #hertsetsyteam #cambridgemade #etsyjewellery #bohostyle #bohojewellery #bohoaccessories #cambscreativetreasures #instastyle #jewellerygram #weddingjewellery #braceletforbride #bridesmaidgifts #noko #styleinspo #instajewellery #bridesmaids #weddingfavours #bride #henparty #bridaljewellery #hendo #bridalwear #bohobride

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[ 7 ] Image by @gallery9cambridge – sneak peek of exhibition:

 

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[ 8 ] Image by @beadstormdesigns – copper tree finished piece:

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[ 9 ] Image shared by @vanilla.wind – embroidery art work in progress:

 

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