Thought Foundation


Thought Foundation a Champion for Designer & Makers

3rd May 2019 | Charlotte

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 15th June 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, summer tipples, food and wonderful workshops to boot.


It will be our 4th 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 The Thoughtful Night Market is for you.  No Need to book, pay on the door, £3.50 (a percentage will be donated to Mens Health charity).

For updates on all the events follow us on facebook @thoughtfoundation here is the link to this event...

This post is linked to the event Thoughtful Night Market - Summer Edit

Easter Holidays at Thought Foundation

12th April 2019 | Gareth

Saturday - 13th

TF Young Humans Art Club –10am to 11:30am (age 6-9Years old), 12pm to 1:30pm (age 10-15 Years)

Why was this not collected? Workshop – 2pm to 4pm

Sunday 14th 

TF Kids Film Club (Charlie and the chocolate factory) – 1pm to 3pm

Monday -15th

Bug Workshop – 11am to 12pm

Tuesday - 16th

Tuneful tiny humans – 10am to 10.45am

Humans that Rock the world- 11am to 3pm

Wendesday - 17th

Preschool Drama class for Parents & Toddlers -10am to 11am

Kids clothes, Books and Toys Swap- 12pm to 2pm

Yoga – 5.30pm to 6.30pm

Thurday - 18th 

Breastfeeding Together- 10:30am to 12pm

Good Friday - 19th

Easter Chocolate Platter offer- All day

Read and play – 10:30am-11am

Saturday - 20th

TF Young Humans Art Club –10am to 11:30am (age 6-9Years old), 12pm to 1:30pm (age 10-15 Years)

British Wildlife - Biro Drawing Workshop-10:30 am to 12:30pm

Cardboard Cars and Movie Drive-in-12pm to 4pm

Easter Sunday - 21st


Easter Monday - 22nd

Mini Mess Markers - 10am to 10.30

Easter Chocolate Platter offer- All day

Sally Gatie - Exhibtion

10th April 2019 | Gareth

Sally Gatie started her career in the arts in a London architect studio, making technical drawings. It wasn't until after her four children were born that she returned to studying art and began a fine art degree at University of York. This work in the exhibition is work spanning the last ten years.

The exhibition consists of drawings, collaged photographs and oil paintings. The human form is prevalent throughout the work. Working from sketches and photo-montages Sally creates her paintings using a grid system. It is a technique she has carefully developed over many years. Sally uses the figure as a starting point for an exploration of colour, texture and pattern.

Sally's subject matter is intimately close, it is a private view of a woman's life, exploring ideas of motherhood, birth and nurturing. In Sally's latest paintings there is an absence of the figure, calling these her Empty Nest paintings these large scale melancholic works depict a space where it seems that the figure has just vacated, leaving crumpled creases in the quilted painted surface of the paintings.