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Making Their Mark at the Stephen Joseph Theatre!

12 February 2018 08:00


With a month to go to opening, Shop at the SJT will be revealing its ‘new look’ premises on Monday 12th March.

Shop at the SJT’s grand opening will follow a refurbishment of the foyer area in the Stephen Joseph Theatre.

Shop at the SJT will occupy a transformed retail space, complete with a new period window. The window is a first for the Makers Collective, as it will allow customers to see the unique collection of crafts and bespoke gifts from the street outside.

Shop at the SJT showcases unique local talent from a wide range of creative disciplines. Lynne Arnison, chairperson of the collective, said:

“We are delighted to be part of the theatre’s exciting new developments and to have an improved shop area.

“The SJT is one of the most iconic landmarks along the Yorkshire Coast, and our eclectic group of Makers create gifts that match their beautiful surroundings.

“The ‘window on the world’ will make a huge difference to Shop at the SJT, as our creations can be seen from the outside for the first time!”

The work at the theatre is part of its Transform project, costing over £500,000 of Arts Council funding and public donations.

The Shop at the SJT will be open during evening performances, and anyone interested in joining the Makers’ Collective should contact Vince Lees, Maker Coordinator, on 01723 850903 or 07894749603.
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Makers Details:
Amelia’s Chocolate – Amelia Forrest
Amelia's Chocolate is made with 100% love! Using the finest Belgian Chocolate and unique flavour combinations, it’s is a must for chocolate lovers. Workshops, parties, and special occasions catered for.

Bijou Creations – Julie Henderson
Julie makes handmade beaded jewellery, quirky button and ribbon broaches, bookmarks, bag charms and other decorative pieces. Her earrings are a bestseller. Customised wedding day jewellery can fit any palette.

Ceramicists – Blands Cliff Gallery
Selling ceramics, paintings, sculpture, from a variety of national and international artists. An interesting friendly art gallery in the mural painted, cobbled street near the sea front, South Bay, Scarborough.

Dove Glass – June Doveton
Making beautiful and striking glass pieces are perfect for gifts or home decoration. June’s work includes unique plates, bowls, coasters, hanging decorations. June also creates seasonal pieces and keepsake gifts.

Felix Hodcroft
Felix Hodcroft - poet, teacher, editor, selling a small, striking range of books of poems and stories, written or edited by himself; either self-published or published through Scarborough's Valley Press.

Gabrielle Naptali Ceramic Artist
A ceramic sculptor and mosaic artist producing uniquely beautiful work including her popular Jelly Baby pins, fungi lamps and other pieces inspired by nature. Gabrielle also produces larger garden sculpture.

House of Gaia – Charlotte Hill
An artist designer, Charlotte’s work includes textiles, jewellery, scarves, baby gifts, bunting, decorative home-wares, gift boxes, covered notebooks and much more. Her most popular items include super-chunky giant knit scarves.

Luckenbooth Jewellery – Sue Bell
Sue designs one-off pieces, sells vintage jewellery and can repair people’s one-off treasures. Sue creates unique broaches, necklaces, earrings, bracelets and rings in a wide range of colours and styles.

Lynne Arnison – Artist and Chairperson of Shop at SJT
Lynne's artwork focuses on people and their environments with a distinctive visual, illustrative style created in a range of mediums: water colour, gouache, pen and ink, graphite and collage work.

Odette Illingworth Photography – Odette Illingworth
Odette’s bright and bold photography focuses on local landscape and natural wildlife. Her striking photographs to create gifts and souvenirs including handmade cards, canvas prints, postcards key rings and magnets.

Sandy May Crafts – Sandra Protheroe
Working in textiles, Sandra specialises in machine embroidery, creating decorative pieces influenced by the seaside. Her work makes great souvenir gifts and includes hanging decorations, applique pictures and bunting.

Shirley Shepherd
Based at Blands Cliff Gallery and Studio, Shirley’s work includes unique sculpture and paintings. Shop at the SJT stocks Shirley’s creations along with some pieces from other Blands Cliff artists.

Tavi Bags – Caroline Leeson
Creating beautiful, completely exclusive bags, inspired by various fabrics, colours and themes, including beautiful linings and straps. Caroline can also create a set of unique bags for that special occasion.

Vince Lees – Wood Turner
Vince produces beautifully turned, finished natural wood pieces. His work combines pleasing shapes and innovative surface decorations that can be found in his delightful bowls, plates, candleholders, pens and more.


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