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The Making of The Bags – a Sara and Susie production:
Sara Noble runs the crochet and knitting group that I sometimes go to at my local library and one week (before I got involved with the Blaggers’ Banquet) she was wearing a t-shirt we were all admiring that she said she had screen printed. Remembering this when I was given the task of putting the goodie bags together I approached Sara to see if she would print the logo and perhaps a small design of her own onto the bags. I’d only been to a couple of knitting sessions and didn’t know Sara very well and couldn’t promise that she would stand to gain anything in direct proportion to the time and effort that she would have to put in to printing the bags so to my amazement she agreed.
So the Friday before the banquet I took the 236 bus from Finsbury Park towards Dalston armed with fifty odd unbleached canvas shopper bags. My destination, tucked into a small backstreet/alleyway, was the rather brilliant Print Club London. The club is a members only print club where for a monthly fee illustrators and printers can have 24 hour (though I think they get three sessions per week) access to all the club’s equipment. While we were there there was a guy printing up t-shirts he sells at the Back Yard market just off Brick Lane, there were a couple of guys printing up pieces of art and another couple working on a huge printing bed with an arm printing up posters to promote being technically nerdy. Strange thing is that the club is run by a stylist I’d worked and got on well with whilst at Louis de Gama earlier in the year.
It took us about four hours to print up just over fifty bags front and back. My camera died so I only have three photos and unfortunately none of the equipment really which was rather cool.
I quite simply had an amazing time getting ink on my clothes and skin, chatting with people and once again pretending that I was an artist. Unfortunately I had to fess up to one of the poster guys that I was simply the corporate whip cracker but it was a good fantasy whilst it lasted.
On the night:
Guests received goodie bags containing a selection of the following items. The goodie bags were conceived and coordinated by Ailbhe and me…and Linda too really (thanks also to Linda for putting this list together). The bags were sponsored by Decoder and screen printed by Sarah Noble.
Photography by Mark N. – http://www.foodbymark.com
Food and drink:
Artisan du Chocolat
Selection of Origin Bars
Selection of natural energy drinks
Selection of Anglesey Salt
Hidden Tea Room
Selection of smoothies
Selection of fruit infusions
Selection of sea salts and peppercorns
Ms Marmite Lover
Selection of seed snacks
Olives Et Al
Bar King Nuts
Paddy & Scotts
Fruit and nut bars
Selection of energy drinks
Sheen Supper Club
The Queens Head, Brandeston
Selection of fruit drinks
Vouchers, tickets and other lovely things:
2 tickets to event 28/29 November
20% discount voucher
Free meal voucher
Chocolate by Trish
Chocolate Cake Recipe
10% discount voucher
20% off first order
2009 Square Meal Guide
Generous donations sent but unfortunately not received in time for inclusion, from:
We are extremely grateful to all the suppliers and PR agents who helped us in sourcing produce for the Blaggers Banquet. We hope this list is complete but if we have omitted anyone who donated items for the goody bags then we are very sorry. If you let us know we will update the list, please email Linda with details of any omissions ( firstname.lastname@example.org ). There are separate lists of the banquet menu, raffle and auction donations.