Monday, 29 October 2012

Saturday 3rd November - NGNG is 3!

This Saturday, Handmade Arcade will happily coincide with the 3rd Birthday Celebrations of No Guts No Glory!

We're quite excited especially because the day will see the launch of our own collaborative and commemorative 32 page zine - depicting "The Art Of No Guts No Glory"!

Our little house has been transformed into a paper workshop over the past few days as we've been getting them ready! 

You can see a sneak preview on Nath's blog

The cover was inspired by No Guts No Glory's Journey and designed by NGNG Artist Jack Teagle....(who will be joining us on Saturday!)

This Saturday 3rd November we will be adorning this old and beautiful space that is McCoys Arcade with a fine and friendly array of local makers, artists and friends. We hope you'll be there too, to celebrate 3 years of No Guts No Glory, three years of celebrating Independent Art, Small Press and D.I.Y in the South West!

We'll happily be joined by some good friends who make and do. Come and say hi, and be inspired by the great Handmade Arcade Community.

Here's what we've got this time around....

Exeter Local Records - Exeter's independent Record Distro. Come down and browse through the best local music!

Chloe Udon - Quixotic Press - Gorgeous lady Chloe will be bringing with her the brilliant Quixotic Press - a local zine full of great illustration, stories and more..

Clare Holland - New to the Handmade Arcade Community, Clare will be bringing her comic inspired brilliant work! Up-cycled and hand made, can't wait to have a browse through this little lot :) Check out her really inspiring blog -!

Heather Sturdy Sherwood - Little Owl Crafts - For all who missed her last time! Heather is back with her beautiful hand dyed and spun yarn made right here in these Devonshire Hills with Devonshire sheep!

Simon Hodgkiss - Bringing with him beautiful scenes of the South West captured on Camera.

Claire Close - Prints and Illustrations, bold and colourful work as always from Claire :) 

Madeline Bunyan - Handmade Glass beads some made from found and rescued jars, bottles and glasses.

Becs Re-Vintage - With her own take on up-cycled jewellery and unusual adornments Bec's jewellery is unique, beautiful and affordable!

Suzannah Moss - Creator of super dragon backpacks and an array of cards!

Sally Tertini - No Lights No Lycra - Neon Goddess Sally will be bringing her dog! Yay -! She'll be offering some awesome posters as well as human and doggy treats! Sally also organises No Lights No Lycra (dancing in the dark a wonder hour of self movement meditation, no steps to learn just you in the dark dancing!) with her hubby. NLNL is this Thursday come join us for some in the dark meditation of a a different kind :)

Adrian Stone - Zoltan Friendly - Will be taking a break from his sea-faring adventures to join us with mundane movie posters and his wicked sense of humour :)

The Spirit Forge - Intriguing and mystical offerings from these super friendly and lovely locals!

Emily Jonstone - Daisy Chain Headbands - The gorgeous Emily will be bringing her beautiful headbands and her velvet tones to the Arcade.

Laurel Coxon - Arriety - Since we last saw Laurel at The Handmade Arcade Launch in April - she's been a very busy lady :) She's opened her own little shop and corner of local wonder on Magdalen Road! It's well worth strolling to :) 

Common Goals - Set up by the lovely Jack Hyde and our very own Nathan Blaker Common Goals is a charity project mixed with the passion for the punk rock community and great design! Check out their exclusively designed T-shirts and know that any money spent is going to a good cause :)

Jack Teagle and Donya Todd - Very Very Excited to have Jack and Donya join us for the day - They'll be bringing with them a selection of fantastic Anubis screen prints as well of heaps of other amazing illustrated zines from Donya and Jack's brilliant wrestling figures!

We're also quite excited by the fact that the BRILLIANT Sandra Dieckmann will be joining us from London, don't miss a great opportunity to meet Sandra she's a true gem! Get involved with the drawing Competition!

In recent news we've also managed to squeeze in Jamie Gould - he'll be playing at around 2pm!

Check out what else is happening musically here.

The Local Silent Cinema will also be screening a brilliant selection of locally made films from this awesome new collective - stroll on down to the cafe on the day to find out more :)

That's quite a lot of really good reasons to join us and celebrate on the day! 

Handmade Arcade will start of 10am and finish at around 5pm! 

I'm off to finish mulling wine, swirling cinnamon and painting sticks :) See you next Saturday!

Hayles & Nath

Friday, 26 October 2012

The Doodle On Our Door Timeline Competition!

We've got a whole host of amazing treats and giveaways in store for Handmade Arcade - but if life was as easy as getting a bunch of free stuff all the time we'd probably all be pretty bored and boring and so we're asking for you talented bunch of lovely people, supporters of the mighty No Guts No Glory and lovers of Handmade Arcade to come and show us what you can do in the form of a little prize draw off!

We're inviting you to come and decorate in McCoys Arcade.... we have a door - we found it....

...... it's wooden and could definitely do with some colour - we've got a bunch of brushes some bright paint, some pens and bits and bobs. And as it's a prize draw we have some very wonderful prizes in the form of some awesome prints from our brilliant guest artists!

Sandra Dieckmann - an incredible artist that we've had the pleasure of getting to know over the past few years, Sandra was recently involved in "The White Canvas project' by Supremebeing - here's a little profile video of the lovely lady herself :)

White Canvas Project - Profile of Sandra Dieckmann from Supremebeing Ltd on Vimeo.

We'll also be spending time with the brilliant Jack Teagle - I can't wait to have a look at the wrestling figures Jack's been making. Jack never fails to make us smile and it's always so great to find out what he's been up to we found a little video of him painting for Evisu, take a peek and come visit him on the day :)

The competition will consist of a timed round draw - You'll have just 3 minutes to draw your own version of one of the brilliant designs that have graced the rails at No Guts No Glory - these will be randomly selected by our judges for the day the brilliant Jack Teagle and lovely Sandra Dieckmann who will be starting the draw off with their own creations :)

The fun starts at 11am so reach into your imaginations get those phalanges in gear and doodle on our door! Judging will be at 4pm and the winners will recieve a bevvy of great NGNG bits n bobs!

Shake a leg, bring a friend and come find us on the 3rd November 2012 from 10 - 5 in the undercover land of doing it yourself that is McCoy's Arcade!

See you there,

Hayles & Nath

Tuesday, 23 October 2012

The Birthday Blues ain't that bad!

I thought I'd just write today about some of the brilliant music we have lined up for the mighty No Guts No Glory Third Birthday Party!

For this month's Handmade Arcade and our day of days we have the following music for your ears.. a little bit of blues, beautiful folk-punk and snappy vocals from local treasures!

From Midday under the cover of McCoys Arcade we'll have

The Little V - Emily Jonstone and friends who have played at previous Handmade Arcade events! Check out their Soundcloud for some of their beautiful songs -

Jess McAlister (AKA Jess Maidment) will be singing from 1pm with her dusky folky vocals -

Rory Matthews AKA Some Sort Of Threat - Who played at the No Guts No Glory opening 3 years ago will be back once again with his own brand of folk-punk! -

Will Rene - also played at the NGNG opening -he's coming down from Brighton to play - we're really excited to hear him again - please take a minute to have a listen to this awesome musician he'll be on the stage at 3pm -

Finally we'll have music from the lovely Giles Bidder of folk-punk band Great Cynics - uplifting and energetic Giles will be playing from 4pm

We'll have more details to follow - come join us for mulled wine music and fun!

Look forward to seeing you there!

Hayley and Nath

Wednesday, 17 October 2012

No Guts No Glory is Three!


Yep it's true, No Guts No Glory is a mighty THREE years old on SATURDAY 3RD NOVEMBER!

And to celebrate another year down, we're bringing together the best of things that are right at the heart of No Guts No Glory!

We'll have...

Amazing artists of the No Guts No Glory Collective and friends - in the form of the lovely Sandra Dieckmann and the mighty Jack Teagle who'll be bringing along a few of hiswrestling characters you can snap up for yourself he'll be joined by the wonderful Donya Todd - you can catch them all for signings, drawings or just to say hi!

Handmade Arcade - Exeter's regular Indie Arts Market is growing! This month we've also got some guest makers and their work - so expect to see more then you bargained for!

Catch Exeter's finest musicians on the bandstand, with music from;

Some Sort Of Threat
Giles Bidder
Will Rene
Jess Maidment and more!

Or take a stroll through McCoys Cafe for the magnificent (free!) Silent Cinema - run by a collective of local talented film makers. Come sip a tea and tune into local minds via the power of technologically advanced wireless headphones :)

And of course the final ingredients of our birthday menagerie are the great friends and supporters that the project would not exist without! IE - YOU!!

So come on down to McCoys Arcade so we can say thanks!- for sticking by us and supporting something we are so passionate about!

To say thank you for your support of No Guts No Glory we'll also be offering lots of great discounts in store as well as drawing competitions, live music from local people, mulled wine (it's that time of year after all!) and lots of vegan goodies!

So Come Join us for celebrations on Saturday 3rd November from 10am - 5pm at the small but mighty McCoys Arcade!

See you there! Find our event page on Facebook! 
Keep your ear to the ground like a mountie - we'll be announcing more of the wonders you will find on the day soon! :) Oh and we've also got some very cosy new Organic Earth Positive jumpers in the shop! Snug!

 Hayles and Nath xxx


Tuesday, 9 October 2012

Handmade Arcade 7!

Thanks to all of you who came down to hang out with us for Handmade Arcade 7! We had a super day and were totally stoked to see the Arcade positively brimming all day with lots of activity, we had a great day filled with D.I.Y arts, crafty people, vegan cakes and a whole lot of great music from some very talented musical folk who came to play with us :)

The Arcade was so busy that we barely had time to grab these snapshopts!  - as always please check out the links within to see what the Handmade Arcaders are up to :) and let us know if you saw anything you'd like to get your hands on :) Most of the regular Handmade Arcaders will be back for our Handmade Arcade/ No Guts No Glory Birthday Special and Christmas dates so come on down say hello and pick up some unique and wonderful Christmas gifts while you're at it!

Ella Howard and Rosie Harbottle filled a table with their beautiful illustrations, prints, cards and handmade collars. Ella makes her bunting to order and can personalise it in any way - Ella is a dear friend of No Guts No Glory and will be at future Handmade Arcade events, but if you miss her there and would like some bunting let us know :) Also keep a look out for Rosie's ship-shape illustrations which will be sailing into the NGNG shop soon.

Thanks to Rosie Eade who came to fill the Arcade with her beautiful voice! We feel really lucky to have such an abundance of talented people on our doorstep - if you'd like to come and serenade us then please get in touch :) please only get in touch however if you're music is suitable for a crowd of lovely smiley people - ie; no tear jerkers or anger issues please :)

It was great to see the lovely Abi and Leon from The Spirit Forge and their Clay scarabs, they will be about at The NGNG Birthday Bash/Handmade Arcade 8! So be sure to come and ask them about what they do - it's very fascinating!

Katie and friends from Nightstop Devon our neighbours in McCoys Arcade had some really wonderful photography on cards, wooly scarves all to raise awareness for the Nightstop project! They work with volunteer hosts and young people who find themselves in a tricky spot without shelter and work to provide safe emergency overnight accomodation for young people between the ages of 16 and 25, In the year between April 2010- March 2011 Nightstop:
  • Received a total of 671 referrals
  • Arranged 544 Nightstop placements
  • Had 171 young people referred to the service
  • Had 40 16-17 year olds referred to the service
  • Enabled over 35 young people to return home to their families
  • Supported over 100 young people to secure more permanent accommodation

If you'd like to volunteer for this project please have a little read of the information on their website - I'm sure they'd love to hear from you!

Busy busy busy-ness! ... YAY!

The wonderful Maz Totterdell, a welcome newcomer to the Handmade community, we really enjoyed her music - keep an eye on her site for news of upcoming gigs and hopefully she'll swing back to the Arcade sometime to play to us again :)

Exeter Local Records launched the new and regular distro at Handmade Arcade this month - you will be able to catch up with Tom and his table top music shop - at EVERY Handmade Arcade!Tom has got together will all the local folk to offer a vast array of music, come and chat to Tom and he can recommend something new for your ears! If you'd like him to sell your music drop him a line or pop down for a chat at Handmade Arcade 8! 

It was great to meet new Handmade Arcader Maddy Pethick AKA The Peanut - whose Journals, notebooks and other re-loved book crafts I could get lost in for hours - a lot of them reminded me of my Mums crafty mags I'd look through in awe whilst struggling with threads and thumbs attempting the latest macrame pattern! Her work is inspirational as she urges people to look at writing - journaling and documenting in a different way! I can't wait for more chats with the lovely Maddy - She'll be back with us on the 15th December for a "Make Your Christmas Handmade Arcade!" event! 

This month I asked our talented glass-maker Madeline which of the shiny shiny beads and suchlike things she makes was her favourite, she chose these detailed universe beads which to me look like a cross between a lost galaxy and a rock-pool! You can always catch Madeline at Handmade Arcade :)

Elliot and the guys from Jonny Found A Raygun came to play, their uplifting playful energy really brought the Arcade to life! Aww thanks guys! Hope to see you again soon!

  The band had lofty demands - a rider that consisted of Strawberry Yazoo and McCoys crisps :P 

This month the bearded adventurer explorer Adrian Stone dropped by with his Zoltan Friendly Mundane Movie posters - he spent the day eating bagels and chatting excitedly about Sailors, we hope he joins us at future events - thanks for coming down dude!

 Barry John joined us with his handmade hand painted sugarskulls - we'll be seeing him again soon with his brightly coloured calavera.

A doodling Frances Matteson and her table of treasures

Frances Matteson Illustration - Cards and prints that filled a stall - My, what creative neighbours we have in this fair city!  Thanks to the ever so sunny Frances for coming down on the day. She'll be back in the winter time too :)

Suzannah Moss makes these great Luck Dragon backbacks for children, I kinda want one big enough to fit a few few books into - so soft - and perfect for your little critters.

We got the most beautiful print from James Dean AKA Deano Robotic for our home, Hopefully we'll get a few into the NGNG shop for all of you who missed him this time - more of his prints can be found on his blog.

We also wanted to mention that the Fore Street Collective is now gaining momentum and I wanted to say a big thank you to our neighbours in the West Quarter as well as to all the other lovely independent businesses that have embraced Handmade Arcade and supported it by spreading word of the event! It's great to see that Exeter has such a thriving Independent Community!

The next Handmade Arcade is on Saturday 3rd November, and marks No Guts No Glory's 3rd Birthday! We've been busy planning things to celebrate this rather special day, it's amazing that the project has got this far and it's thanks to everyone's support that is has :) Rumour has it that the mighty Jack Teagle and Sandra Dieckmann will be joining us for the celebrations as well as local film makers and artists! 

Remember that in December Handmade Arcade goes weekly, here's a little list of the dates for your upcoming events, if you'd like to apply for a stall, get in quick - we're almost totally filled up!

Saturday 3rd November
Saturday 1st December
Saturday 8th December
Saturday 15th December
Saturday 22nd December

Be sure to add these to your diary, and come on down to hang out with us!
The Arcade now has it's very own free cinema too, so it's the perfect place for a cosy rainy afternoon - just sayin' :) 

See you soon,

Hayles x