Steve Sinyard Talks About Why He Has Peanut Butter Fingers

logoNew indie clothing brandPeanut Butter Fingers has just been launched by Kent based designer Steve Sinyard. The brands look brings a refreshing look to the future of street wear and connected art prints. I caught up with Steve to ask him some questions about the edgy new brand.

So Steve, what role do you play in PBF?

So Peanut Butter Fingers is just run by me, all designs, social media everything is me with a little help from my girlfriend Lauren and my sister, Ally, who writes some of the blog content.

What made you set it up?

I won a Puma competition back in 2013 where I got to design Professor Green’s Limited Edition t – shirt. I loved seeing something I designed on clothing and from there I just had the bug for it!

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Where are you based?

I’m from Medway and lived there most of my life, for the past year I’ve been living in Tunbridge Wells but I’m back in Maidstone now.

Are you a multi-creative?

Illustration is my main passion, I’ve just moved into a flat with my girlfriend who loves to restore furniture so I’ve been helping out with that lately, I’d love to get into some water-colouring in the near feature.

Where would you love the brand to end up?

I don’t really have a main aim or goal for this, just going to see where it goes. I’d love to just be walking down the street and see some strangers, maybe a famous face or 2 wearing Peanut Butter Fingers.

A question I ask everyone – what’s your work soundtrack?

Current soundtrack at the moment… I’m listening to a lot of (local bands) Slaves, Wolf Alice, Mallory Knox and my all time favourite band, The Dykeenies – check them out! It all depends what mood I’m in, if I’m in a more relaxed mood I like to listen to a few comedy podcasts.

See the collection at www.peanutbutterfingers.co

You will be able to see more of the Peanut Butter Fingers brand and meet Steve at the Nucleus Arts Centre “ArtsFest” on the 16th May.

By Natasha Steer

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Creatabot Creative Of The Year 2014 – Nominations Open!

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It has been 2 years, YES TWO YEARS since the last Creatabot Creative of The Year Award. Wow, that is pretty crazy. The amount that myself and Richard Jeferies (the first winner!) have worked on since has been amazing. We teamed up for the site responsive theatre piece “Survived” at Sun Pier House, before it was brilliantly refurbished, and then Richard managed to get the role of creating the Chatham Mural, which was an incredible project! It was a 2 week project and now everyone in Chatham gets to see his work and the work created by over 200 people, which was curated and designed by Richard. This is literally 2 of so so many projects Richard has worked on. I don’t think I can list all the work he has been doing!

So, here we are, the 2014 Creatabot Creative of the year award. The winner will gain a lovely glass award as well as promotion and support through Creatabot.

This time I am going to do things a bit differently. I would like  you to recommend someone to me that deserves support and recognition in their creativity. Fill in this contact form and then myself and a panel will look at all the nominations and reasons for being submitted, then a winner will be announced in December.

Terms: This is open to creatives in Kent. Closing date for nominations – 29th November.

Medway’s Creative Spaces

Medway is lucky enough to have multiple arts spaces that each have something unique to offer. If you would like to book a days tour (for a small donation to the Creatabot project) please contact Natasha on natasha@creatabot.co.uk

Nucleus Arts

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Nucleus Arts is the Award Winning flagship arts organisation founded by the Halpern Charitable Foundation. The Foundation was the brainchild of the late Hilary Halpern and it was his dream to promote the Arts in Medway and Kent. Nucleus Arts has become the cultural and creative heart of Kent & Medway over the past 12 years and focuses on affordability, accessibility and excellence in the Arts. They run multiple workshops, events and training programmes.

The main centre is at 272 High Street, Chatham, where the gallery, conference room and main artists studios are based. The artists open studios are held here every 1st Saturday of the month for all to attend for free.

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Nucleus Arts also have creative studio space in Military Road, Chatham, Rochester High Street (which also includes retail space) and Lower Stone Street, Maidstone. All spaces have a lovely cafe managed by Cafe Nucleus.

Nucleus Arts are working in collaboration with multiple local charities on their Arts Inclusive programme to make sure the arts can be accessible to all.

Sun Pier House

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This Community Interest Company was formed in 2012 to support and promote the best of Medway’s talent, providing a base for established and start-up businesses in the creative sector.

Within the building, there is a large exhibition gallery, tea room, events space, hire rooms, artist studios, open plan creative office space with hot desk facilities, all enjoying a glorious panoramic view of the River Medway.

Sun Pier House CIC actively promotes the businesses working within Medway’s creative community, encouraging them to grow and develop to their full potential. Sun Pier House is right next to Sun Pier, Medway Street, Chatham.

POP Creative Space

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POP is an abandoned shop turned into a Creative space in the heart of Chatham, Medway. The shop has been funded by EU and Recreate and hosts various free events and exhibitions throughout the year. POP is at 64 – 66 High Street, Chatham.

Unravel and Unwind

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Unravel and Unwind are working to develop a “country cottage” style craft drop in centre for crafters of all abilities, ages, background and culture where they can come and craft while they socialise-practice-teach-learn.

Their aim is to create a friendly open environment,”a crafting home from home” ) where local crafters & families can practice, learn, teach and sell their crafts. A place where skills can be shared and new ideas encouraging community engagement, increasing social well-being, removing isolation and possibly mentoring transitions into employment. They are based at Intra Arts, 337-341 High Street, Rochester.

Intra Arts

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INTRA is a Medway based arts venue, hosting creative events, classes, activities and studios, and offering one of the best collections in Kent of specialist arts equipment accessible to the general public – especially specialist printing equipment.

The not for profit company Intra Arts Ltd. was formed in 2014 when they took on the former Spemco building in Rochester High Street. This Art Deco fronted, Victorian building is much loved in the historic area of ‘Chatham Intra’. Their aim is to provide an arts programme, creative opportunities and education in a space that welcomes people of all ages, abilities and circumstances. They are based at 337-341 High Street, Rochester.

Making It! – Project and Career Workshop for 9-15 year olds – Chatham – 15th August 2014

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15th July 2014

10am

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This workshop will help young people to think about what they would like to do as a young person. Would they like to run a certain project? Maybe they would love to run their own business? Maybe they want a career in a certain field? The workshop will be a fun event that will help young people to plan practically what they can do to achieve their goals, whilst also considering how valuable they can be to their community. It will include drama, drawing and various creative projects. Lead by Natasha Steer.

Parents can leave their children in the workshop whilst shopping or having a coffee in our lovely cafe.

Tickets cost £5 – book below.

https://www.eventjoy.com/e/making-it-project-and-career-workshop-for-9-15-year-olds-298466

The Shop Full Of Felt – Cornershop

 

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A London based artist has began her path to re-opening an abandoned cornershop, with all the stock completely re-made out of felt and wool.

Lucy Sparrow, a textile artist originally from Bath, has already started creating the felt products after a successful Kickstarter programme raised money to create items for the project. The Cornershop, based in Bethnal Green, will be visited by both local passers-by and art audiences. Once inside the shop they will not only be able to view the products, but also handle, and even buy them.

The funding through Kickstarter has paid for materials and 1 months rent for the shop, but Lucy is seeking further sponsorship or funding to pay for the planned outreach programme.

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The Cornershop pivots around 12 community workshops which will teach creative skills and be developed in collaboration with local community groups. The workshops will involve those of all ages as well as people who are socially excluded and those suffering from mental illnesses.

Speaking about the Cornershop Lucy says ”With the project I hope to help re-create the community contact that used to revolve around local cornershops, by engaging with local people. I want to help bring back the communication and friendship that used to exist around a familiar building, which is what the cornershop will become. We want to work with local people and help them gain new skills through the project, which can then be developed and passed on to others”.

To follow progress of the project and find out more visit: http://www.thecornershopblog.com

By Natasha Steer

 

The Days When Gillingham Fraggle Rocked

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I have always been a huge Jim Henson fan, my dream was to work at their Creature Studios in Camden, I was even offered work experience there whilst at college, which sadly fell through as they began working on a “top secret project” – I now believe this was actually closing the Camden studios.

It is no secret that I love Medway, and now I am in love a little bit more thanks to my friend Laura Murthy breaking the news on Facebook that the UK inserts were filmed in none other than Medway’s very own Gillingham.

For those who didn’t already know (like me) where the joy that is Aldi now sits (although I do like their waffles) once sat the Plaza cinema, which was built in 1931. At the time it was one of the most modern cinemas in Kent with seating for 1,800 people. This then closed in November 1980 and was bought by TVS South and turned into studios.

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“The original intention had been to sell it off as soon as Maidstone was open but TVS hung onto it for a while, making programmes such as regional afternoon magazine Not for Women Only and from 1986 The Television Show, which was broadcast live from here on Sunday evenings across the ITV network.

Oddly, the show that kept the studio open was Muppets spin-off Fraggle Rock, which ran from 1983-1987.  Once this ended the studio was hardly used so it was put up for sale early in 1988 and was purchased by Network One TV in June 1989.  (This company also took over the Greenwood in 1990.)  Masterchef was made here then, plus a handful of other shows.  It closed as a studio in July 1991 and following a brief spell as a Quasar laser gaming centre, it lay empty for several years and was demolished in 2001.”(Taken from TV Studio History)

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Victor Pemberton who was co-producer at the time says “We took over an old cinema in Gillingham in Kent, and it was wonderful. The auditorium was cleared of seats, the stage was raised and extended.” (www.adventuresinprimetime.wordpress.com/2008/06/01/return-to-fraggle-rock)

The UK scenes involved the internal shots of the lighthouse, where Sprocket the dog lived with the lighthouse keeper, and of course, the tell tale “tiny cave in the wall”. (if anyone knows of other shots filmed there involving more Fraggles please say)

The main episode I remember, which was the episode I watched over and over again,  was when the water of Fraggle Rock was poisoned and Boober pleads for the humans to make it stop. The scenes that were filmed in Gillingham (inside the lighthouse) can be seen in this clip. I now watch this in awe even more, when realising it was filmed on ground I have walked over many times without even realising. It may sound silly, but it makes me a bit emotional! Here is the clip for you to enjoy…

By Natasha Steer

Creepy Retro Gaming Night – 28th March 2014 – Chatham

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NEW LOCATION!

Retro’spect Kent and Creatabot present a classic night of retro computer gaming, with an additional creepy retro gaming Vault. Prepare for a nostalgic evening gaming on Atari, Amiga, Playstation and Commodore consoles plus more.

Children welcome but only with a parent/guardian.

Feel free to bring your consoles and games to trade!

Drinks and snacks available at the in house cafe (including a selection of alcoholic drinks)

Location 5 mins walk from Chatham train station.

Place: 13 Military Road, Chatham, Kent

Time: 7.30pm

 

We are afraid there is no disabled access to this event.

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Creatabot Funded To Run Project To Help Mobility impaired

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Application now open – see here.

Creatabot has been awarded funding from Creative People and Places (Medway and Swale) to run a brand new project aimed at helping people with mobility problems to still be involved in their local arts community.

CreataboX At Home will provide 50 people in Medway and Swale with materials needed to create small pieces of their own choice for the CreataboX Art Dispenser, which is present at many events in the local community. They will be given photos and videos from events so that they can see their contribution is appreciated in the community. 

Additionally if they are on occasion well enough to attend events, then transport will be provided, and they will also be given the opportunity to be given transport to local creative classes if they are able. People will also be given, if they wish, a Crafting Companion – someone who will visit them and provide company and encouragement whilst creating their chosen pieces.

MakingApart from various basic council/government/food services there is little in the UK to help people who are housebound feel involved in their local community, especially when it comes to local arts. Even from their own home they can contribute and be valuable to their local area, and the CreataboX At Home project will help make this happen. 

The project will also support those whose contact with their local community is limited due to mental and physical health conditions.

We will soon be releasing more details as to how people apply to be involved, in the meantime we would like to hear from people who would like to help support the project, especially those who are able to transport the CreataboX vending machine to events (petrol costs provided).

If you would like to help please email Natasha Steer on natasha@creatabot.co.uk 

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Living Africa – A Talk with Steve Bloom – Saturday 5th April 2014 – Canterbury

 
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Join internationally acclaimed photographer, author and adventurer Steve Bloom as he takes you on an incredible visual journey across Africa. It is staggeringly comprehensive: dynamic wildlife and landscapes from desert to jungle; human cultures from remote village to teeming metropolis.
This will be followed by a Q&A and book signing.

A 365 fundraiser event, brought to you by Kent Creative Arts CIC

Tickets: Full £9 / Student £7.50

Saturday 5th April 2014
7.30pm
The Gulbenkian, Canterbury, CT2 7NB

Book is now open! Book your tickets here:
http://365projects.co.uk/steve-bloom-living-africa/