February 28, 2021 2 min read
For our next ‘Meet the Artist’ blog we’re taking a deeper look into the talent behind one of For the Love of the North’s most loved brands brands, Blinkin’ Imp.
Since 2013 Lizzie Carins has worked to create breathtaking graphic designs that are inspired by her beautiful home region in the North East, but how did she get to this point? We’re delving deeper into Lizzie’s career and her life before launching her incredible print studio to offer you an exclusive insight into her journey to success.
Nowadays, Lizzie captures the fond memories of her childhood summers and her love for the North East though her designs which feature miniature renditions of iconic landmarks, such as the Angel of the North, Beamish, Northumberlandia, and Cragside. Lizzie's love of travel and exploration is demonstrated through the hand-drawn maps she creates of many of the region’s beautiful towns and cities; there’s something special about seeing a place that means so much to you on a map, reaching out to you and reminding you of home and happy memories.
Lizzie hand-draws and illustrates using as assortment of pens and pencils, then uses Adobe Illustrator to construct each design. Lizzie sometimes uses pastels and pens to add a different texture to her work. Regardless of the medium, it's not difficult to pick Lizzie's work out in our For the Love of the North shop. One of our absolute favourite designs has to be her Kielder Dark Skies A4because it captures the magic of Kielder at nightfall.
Many of our customers are fond of Lizzie's collection of map prints and we often hear of them being sent across the world to places like Australia and America to give a fellow Geordie a reminder of home.
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June 17, 2021 7 min read
If you want to do Dad's Day locally this year, we've got a list of our favourite small businesses in the North East.
From shaving creams to house plants, we've got you covered this Father's Day.
June 12, 2021 3 min read
We’re a family of four living in Whitley Bay; I’m Mum (Claire), married to Phil and we have two children who are five and seven. Bay and Beyond was created to share our family adventures and showcase the places we enjoy visiting in the area and beyond. As a family we love a good road trip; jumping in the car with a boot load of snacks and kids clothes for every eventuality! After a year of very few road trips we were so excited to be able to visit Stockeld Park near Wetherby.
June 10, 2021 4 min read
We know how difficult shopping for Father's Day can be. We've got you covered for this year's Father's Day celebrations with our ultimate For the Love of the North Gift Guide.
Take a look to see some of our favourite products for the Father figure in your life.
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