Aging gracefully

New Lion Brewery have a tradition going.  On their first birthday, they brewed a Russian Imperial Stout, laying down a limited quantity of bottles in their cellars.  These came to light on their second anniversary to be joined by a new batch of birthday-brewed, Belgian-style Quadrupel, which, again, will be aged amid the dust of their cellars to be revealed later this year.  The labels both feature an early etching of Totnes from the local image archive, with silver or gold foil for some extra sparkle.  Contact Mat at the Brewery if you’d like to buy a bottle.

Practicing your art form

Behind the scenes at a wedding in Cardona, near Barcelona, this guy was taking a moment to get his horn ready for some salsa, son cubano.  Imagine a mountain village on a warm, sunny day.  Step inside a cool, ancient apartment building – opened-up, with entire floors missing – peeling wallpaper from every decade, candle-lit dark corners, a ceremony conducted by a fortune-teller, views out to the castle, many small plates of phenomenal food, champagne, more champagne and loads of gorgeous, happy Colombian people.

Toasting the Pandit

Ravi Shankar visited Dartington Hall in 1936.  He said “I felt that I was coming close to music and that this music was what I wanted to devote my life to”.  A limited edition batch of New Lion Brewery’s Pandit IPA was bottled especially for the 2016 Sea Change festival.  No doubt music and beer are good companions.  The brewery hosted 3 sessions with Ultimate Painting, Alasdair Roberts and James Yorkston.

Envisioning a safe and free world

Proud2Be envision a world where all people are safe, free and proud to be themselves.  They support LGBTQIA+ people to lead empowered, fulfilled and authentic lives.  This illustration formed the core graphic in the materials for this year’s Pride event. The main theme is ‘together we are stronger’ and every year Proud2Be aims to convey the message of Pride as both a celebration and a protest, representing their mission of bringing people together.  The goal was to reference the rainbow flag but in a personal way.


Celebrating British Sea Power

British Sea Power played at the first ever Sea Change festival in Totnes this summer.  To get into the spirit, this special beer label brought a piece of local nautical history to life.  Between 1940 and 1945, Totnes created a 600-person shipbuilding industry from the ground up, transforming the town’s rubbish dump in the process. Mostly unskilled men and women learned to build 23 wooden-hulled minesweepers using local timber. J 672 (shown on the label) cleared mines from the Bristol Channel and the Italian coast, saving countless lives.

Launching a new book

21 Stories of Transition: How a movement of communities is coming together to reimagine and rebuild our world’ (harvested by Rob Hopkins) launched at the COP21 climate negotiations in Paris.  It’s a joyous and inspiring celebration of what the Transition movement has become.  The design of the 100-page book (in both English and French) was driven by images submitted by the 21 Transition groups… it’s very visual, more like a magazine, and was really fun to design.  Great to see it squeeze into Shareable‘s ‘Top 22 New Books for Winter’ list.  Read Lucy Neal’s review and buy it for £10 incl. p&p here.

Pitching at the LEF

Every year for one jam-packed day, the Local Entrepreneur Forum brings together entrepreneurs, investors, and other change makers to learn from each other, form new relationships, and hopefully, to begin working together on new enterprises that create meaningful livelihoods and contribute to the community in positive ways.  The day includes Community of Dragons – pitching for local support (of all kinds) and investment. Brixton hosted its first LEF last year and Totnes is working towards to its fifth on May 12th, 2016.