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Archive for August, 2014

Dorothy Wightman Interiors – Magic and Timeless exhibition

Thursday, August 21st, 2014

It is a busy time of year for Dorothy Wightman as she prepares for the launch of a major new exhibition at her gallery, in Lupton near Kirkby Lonsdale of work by popular ceramic artist Laurance Simon, opening 20th September.

Magical and Timeless – 20th September to 31st October

Following on from the success of previous solo exhibitions, Magical and Timeless is an exhibition which showcases the work of one of Dorothy Wightman’s most popular artists, Laurance Simon.

The Gallery often features work by Simon, but this is her first solo exhibition.   She was born in France, though has lived in London for over year 20 years and after studying at the Camberwell School of Art, and abroad set up a studio in North London.

Since she was a child, making was a passion, it was in her blood; she sees herself as a ‘maker’.  She has – as she would say “indulged and struggled” in the world of ceramics for about 15 years.

Her work is a juggling act between painting and sculpture.  She starts with her sketch book and fills pages with images.  Then she begins her work in clay and the resulting pieces speak of nature, animals, colour, texture and pattern and are often imbued with humour or pathos, such as Dogs on roller skates, pigs in high heels, a hedgehog on the lid on a small box, cactus with birds resting on the stems – a cornucopia – all in wonderful colours.  Magical and Timeless features small pieces to bigger statement pieces.

She says the influences on her work are numerous and of course change over time, but what remains is the absolute pleasure of creating…and viewing for the public.

Dorothy Wightman comments,

“It is an exciting time at the gallery.  Laurance Simon is a very popular artist at the gallery and we are delighted that we can showcase her work in a solo exhibition.  We hope visitors to the gallery really enjoy browsing the pieces as much as we enjoy curating them.”

Country Puddings strike gold again-twice

Thursday, August 21st, 2014

One of the UK’s leading manufacturers of traditional puddings, based in Cumbria is celebrating once again after winning not one, but two Great Taste Awards this year.  Country Puddings were awarded one gold star for their Tangy Lemon Pudding, and two gold stars for their Summer Pudding.

Country Puddings, based in Dacre, just outside Penrith, offer the highest quality puddings, made with the finest ingredients, by a small team in their dedicated pudding kitchen. They have no fancy gimmicks, never use flavourings or preservatives and what you see is what you get.

Great Taste is the largest and most trusted accreditation scheme for speciality and fine food & drink. Established in 1994, it encourages and mentors artisan food producers, offering a unique benchmarking and product evaluation service leading to an independent accreditation that enables small food and drink businesses to compete against supermarket premium own label brands.

A selection of Country Puddings products were judged by a panel of 350 of the nation’s most discerning food experts over 45 days.  Over 8,000 products are blind-tasted each year by the judges including top chefs, cookery writers, food critics, restaurateurs and fine food retailers.

Some of the judge’s comments:

Tangy Lemon:  “A good quality, well-made product with a lovely light sponge”

Summer Pudding:  “Vibrant colours and fruit flavour.  Great balance of tartness and sweetness.”

“The flavours are excellent – a very good summer pudding”

Lynne Mallinson who runs Country Puddings is passionate about her business and her puddings, which have now won 10 Great Taste Awards over the years.  Each pudding Country Puddings produce is made by hand with care, ensuring that every one they create Lynne’s Grandma would be proud of.

Lynne comments,

“We are delighted to once again receive recognition of the high standard we set ourselves via the Great Taste Awards, which is testament to the hard work and dedication of the team here at Country Puddings.  We strive for excellence and are passionate about producing puddings that can be classed among the best in the country.  We are always developing new product lines and ideas for new puddings and it great that we can give many of those puddings a Great Taste Badge to wear with pride.”

Previously Country Pudding’s Syrup Sponge Pudding, Tangy Lemon Pudding, Sticky Toffee Pudding, Chocolate Fudge Pudding, Bread & Butter Pudding, Summer Pudding and Creamy Vanilla Custard have all won one or two gold stars in the Great Taste Awards.

Clever ‘Back to School’ marketing tactics

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

The summer holidays are now in full swing with many of us taking off on a well-deserved summer break. Going back to school in September may be a few weeks away yet but you might have already noticed lots of back to school marketing ploys that have been around since the end of the school term in July. This is a clever technique marketers use to make consumers want to buy products now rather than waiting for the end of the summer holidays.

Supermarket chains are often the first sort of retailer to jump onto the early ‘back to school’ marketing campaigns with an abundance of promotional offers available in store and online. Supermarkets also use various adverts and television promotions to entice consumers into their stores to purchase the back to school products. High street retailers also join in with ‘back to school’ promotions and adverts are used to make both the children and their parents want the products.

Stationary is another large component involved in ‘back to school’ marketing. There are hundreds of different pens, pencil cases, rulers… the list goes on that are available to buy. As soon as you walk into a stationary shop you are faced with this huge selection, which usually results in a sale. Similarly, those students who are heading off to University will notice various offers on laptops and other essential ‘school supplies’ that we may not necessarily need but through the use of marketing we buy anyway.

By starting the back to school marketing campaigns early the message these retailers are trying to give is reinforced each time you see the brand, which in turn increases how consumers associate with the retailer and what their product offering is. Social media is also playing a role in marketing campaigns as well as direct emailing. Both of these methods are again another way in which brands can market themselves to you. The next thing you will notice is all the Christmas promotions begin to start!