Our Thought Foundation shop aims to reflect the quality of northeast designer/makers. We give these small independent businesses a platform to reach our customers, who are considered and thoughtful in their purchases.
We carefully curate our shop to offer diverse and creative stock; you will always find something quirky, ethical and beautifully executed, made and sourced by people with a passion for what they do.
Take for example Olive and Clay- a one women creative factory producing stylish home ware from her studio in Chester-Le-Street, we love her paired down simplicity and muted tones. We also sell jewellery from multiple makers, unique pieces for gifts for friends, family and you!
We also offer products from Durham based duo, The Crafthood. Their refillable candles are our best sellers, we often have one burning in our office at TF to revive our spirits! In fact we got on so well with The Crafthood ladies that together we devised The Thoughtful Night Market, a curated gathering of quality stalls from the very best independent creative businesses across the North East (and a little further!), which we host at Thought Foundation twice a year. The next one is 16th Nov starting at 5pm.
We have a great selection of talent meaning each stall will offer something different. We have some of your favourite makers returning and new faces joining in too! The evening also offers a marvellous mix of live music, live illustration, demos & tasters, festive tipples, food and wonderful workshops to boot.
It will be our 5th Night Market, previous events have been well attended and well received! So if you are after an alternative Saturday night, in a quirky, chilled atmosphere, you could purchase all you chrsitmas gifts at once... Then Thoughtful Night Market is for you. No Need to book, pay on the door, £3.50 (a percentage will be donated to St Oswalds).
Thought Foundation is seeking commercial, domestic sized artwork to be sold at our Affordable Art event in November 2019 to January 2020.
The Affordable Art will be curated with a focus on high quality, fresh, dynamic artwork. We encourage a variety of media such as photography, illustration, painting, drawings and/or collage.
We will accept originals and prints which are framed and/or mounted up to the value of £200 each.
Artists may submit up to 6 pieces. The artist will receive 65% of each artwork sold, 35% commission to be taken by Thought Foundation.
In addition to the Affordable Art Fair successful submissions will be exhibited as part of Thought Foundation's The Thoughtful Night Market and Northern Quarters Interiors Festival. Please submit artwork via CuratorSpace:
The Identity Thieves
When I had my first baby over 7 years ago my whole world changed… I know you know this happens, everyone says it; the world seems bigger and smaller simultaneously, not to mention scarier! Popping to the shops no longer exists, nor do last minute breaks away or nights out til 3am. When Josie was a few months old my cousin said something that has suck with me… “Don’t loose yourself in all of this”. At first I thought all of what?... I totally love the 100% dedication to my new daughter. But after a few years and a second child I realised I had lost a portion of me, even my name was different- Josie’s Mum or OfBoadie (watch Handmaids Tale for reference), I was 100% claimed as theirs.
It was like 2 tiny thieves came in the night and stole my identity (as well as my sleep) and replaced it with something that looked similar but in a parallel parenting universe, where I listen to Moanna not Moloko, dance to The Wheels on the Bus not Blur and opt for Andy’s Dinosaurs not Dirty Dancing.
So why am I posting all this… not so long ago we put out a poll for our FAMBINGO night (a gig at TF where families get together play some bingo, with singing and dancing… it’s a little bit crazy). The poll asked if you wanted to add a Disney theme or 90’s Brit Pop to the proceeding…. To my delight Brit Pop gained the higher percentage, you guys have great taste… our play list for the bingo will be rocking… (I was blur over Oasis btw). This got my thinking that not everything for the kids has to be totally saturated in their likes, wants, needs… Balance is key… we try to aim for this at TF- a space for all humans (I know how important it is to have a bit of you in the mix too)
Join us Fambingo 14th Sept 3-6pm, from £4, free for under 2’s, tickets at TF and eventbrite.co.uk