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SWALK creative Providing a unique range of alternative greetings cards and gifts. We pride ourselves on using local resources and eco friendly suppliers. Providing a unique range of alternative and creative greetings cards and gifts.

We pride ourselves on using local resources and suppliers, as well as doing our bit globally! All our cards, postcards and envelopes are made from 100% recyclable materials -even our cellophane is biodegradable! Follow us on Twitter @SWALKcreative and Instagram swalkcreative

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๐Ÿ’› Issue 25 ๐Ÿ’›Can you believe we're on the 25th instalment of The Happy Newspaper ?! This gorgeous quarterly paper is pure...
10/03/2022

๐Ÿ’› Issue 25 ๐Ÿ’›

Can you believe we're on the 25th instalment of The Happy Newspaper ?! This gorgeous quarterly paper is pure sunshine ๐ŸŒž and the latest issue has just landed! (Also excellent timing it arrived whilst I've got yellow nails ๐Ÿ’… ๐Ÿ’›)

Find us on the 2nd floor of Afflecks Manchester to grab your copy โœจ๏ธ

Big news at SWALK this week, as on Friday we'll be hosting our first ever *Seconds Sale!* As we get ready for Spring we'...
21/02/2022

Big news at SWALK this week, as on Friday we'll be hosting our first ever *Seconds Sale!* As we get ready for Spring we've had a clear out which means this Friday you have the opportunity to bag some mega bargains ๐Ÿ’ฅ

โ”๏ธ What is a 'second'โ”๏ธ
Seconds are pieces that have small imperfections, that don't quite meet the high standards our artists strive for. They could be printed slightly wonky, a little faded or perhaps some small superficial damage.

โ”๏ธ Why buy secondsโ”๏ธ
In lots of companies, any items that aren't perfect end up getting destroyed, resulting in huge waste. A seconds sale is an opportunity to save these items from going to landfill.

Chances are you wouldn't even notice the tiiiny imperfections on the pieces in our Seconds Sale, only the perfectionists that create them would!

It's also an opportunity to bag a major bargain, these items don't quite live up to their perfect counterparts so are heavily discounted in Friday's sale. The sale includes some sample pieces and end-of-line items too so there's plenty of gems to be had!

All 12 of our artists have been invited to include items in the sale, which will be run on the SWALK instagram stories from 10:30am this Friday 25th Feb. I'll show you some sneak peeks before then to give you an idea of what to expect, make sure you turn on IG reminders because it will be fastest finger first!

Happy Friday!! We made it through the first week of January ๐Ÿฅณ and if you want a little pick-me-up I have such a treat fo...
07/01/2022

Happy Friday!! We made it through the first week of January ๐Ÿฅณ and if you want a little pick-me-up I have such a treat for you this weekend ๐Ÿ‘€

Following our collaboration for their #12DaysOfWomas I'm super excited to have some gorgeous Wo skincare sets for SWALK customers this month! ๐Ÿง–โ€โ™€๏ธ

When you buy one of our plantable, seeded cards on etsy you'll automatically receive a skincare set containing 3 different products. @wearewo_uk is a women-led, inclusive skincare brand and I 100% credit them with me getting ID'd for scissors recently ๐Ÿ˜… my skin has never looked better. Their packaging is recycled AND recyclable so you know they're right up my street too ๐Ÿ’šโ™ป๏ธ

The first 10 customers to order a seeded card will receive this 6 piece skincare set in their order, no need to do anything I'll just pop one in when I dispatch! You'll get:
- 2 x Intense Hydrating Essence
- 2 x Eye Contour Perfecting Essence
- 2 x 3in1 Comfort Balm
AND you can choose from one of 6 different plantable card designs! Win win ๐Ÿ†

www.SWALKcreative.etsy.com

๐ŸŽ„ It's Christmassss ๐ŸŽ„*So* nearly there. I slept for 12 hours last night ๐Ÿ˜ด๐Ÿคฏ But now I'm refreshed and ready to help you a...
24/12/2021

๐ŸŽ„ It's Christmassss ๐ŸŽ„
*So* nearly there. I slept for 12 hours last night ๐Ÿ˜ด๐Ÿคฏ But now I'm refreshed and ready to help you all with your last minute shopping! We're open til 4pm, and if I don't see you today have a gorgeous Christmas and a well-earned festive break!

15/12/2021
I washi you a Merry Christmas ๐Ÿคถ

I washi you a Merry Christmas!

Check out my top tips for using washi tape when you're wrapping gifts this year. Available in 4 different colours, not only is this washi tape super cute but it's also *so* much better for the planet than plastic tapes! Helping you have a more sustainable Christmas ๐ŸŽ„ #WashiTape #SWALKcreative

Stationery lovers rejoice! If there's one thing I love as much as gardening it's stationery โœ so I'm beyond excited to s...
01/12/2021

Stationery lovers rejoice! If there's one thing I love as much as gardening it's stationery โœ so I'm beyond excited to share with you these gorgeous SWALK pencils!

I've had these since March (I know some of you remember them from this year's #MarchMeetTheMaker and have been waiting to see them reappear ๐Ÿ˜…) but what better time than Christmas to finally debut them, they're perfect as stocking fillers!

Available in this lush green or natural wood, they're printed with 'Sealed With A Loving Kiss' in gold lettering. And they come in these cute boxes as a pack of four or you can just grab one on its own!

I hope you love them as much as I do ๐Ÿ’–

30/11/2021

COVID RULES & REGS

From today, the Government have reinstated their policy on mandatory mask wearing. That means whether your Christmas shopping in our retail pop-ups, getting your hair cut for the party season, or just nosying around our vendors then youโ€™ll have to wear one unless medically exempt.

These are temporary measures set by BoJo himself so the masks are back FOR NOW. As always keep up the social distancing and stay clear if youโ€™ve got any symptoms.

Thanks for understanding x

29/11/2021
๐ŸŒฑ Plantable Cards ๐ŸŒฑ

๐ŸŒฑ Blooming Gorgeous ๐ŸŒฑ

I am SO excited to share this new product with you ๐Ÿฅ Plantable cards! Your fave designs are now available on seeded card, packed full of wildflower seeds. Combining my two favourite things, snail mail and gardening ๐ŸŒโœ‰๐ŸŒฟ

Right now as well as a couple of year-round favourites, the bestselling Christmas cards are available in the plantable version. So this year when you take down your cards instead of recycling them you can plant them and watch your wildflower patch grow ๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒผ It's a card AND a gift rolled into one!

I'm so excited to launch these that I'm starting them off with a 10% discount ๐Ÿคฉ no code needed, just head to the etsy and the introductory offer is already live! I'm starting a highlight on IG for these so you can find all the tips and updates on growing ๐ŸŒฑ

www.swalkcreative.etsy.com

Don't forget! This week is the first week we're open a whole *7 DAYS* so you can now shop with us 11-5 on a Sunday right...
26/11/2021

Don't forget! This week is the first week we're open a whole *7 DAYS* so you can now shop with us 11-5 on a Sunday right up until Christmas ๐ŸŽ… And we've got a selection of festive handmade hangers in stock, including these Christmas cuties by Beemancunian

Why does this photo look like I'm about to tell your fortune ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ”ฎ I'm not, but I am here to remind you we're heading into ...
09/11/2021

Why does this photo look like I'm about to tell your fortune ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ”ฎ I'm not, but I am here to remind you we're heading into the most hectic time of year for lots of small businesses!

Here's my top tips for shopping small this Christmas ๐Ÿ‘‡
- Buy in-person where you can! In shops and at markets. Ordering through online platforms can mean high transaction fees for sellers
- If you are buying online, read the description of an item closely! You wouldn't believe how many people order something tiny thinking it's going to be huge ๐Ÿ˜…
- If you're planning on ordering some custom artwork make sure you do it *early* so you're not disappointed, lots of creatives have already closed their books til 2022!
- Be patient. Remember the post last year?! ๐Ÿคฏ There's lots of things out of our control, angry emails won't make your parcels move faster ๐Ÿคทโ€โ™€๏ธ
- Keep a tote handy, you never know when you'll spy something fab! And bringing your own helps cut down on packaging ๐Ÿ“ฆ
- Spread the word, if you're doing your bit to shop indie this year tell your pals about the great spots you know to help share the joy! ๐ŸŒž
- Check in on your artist/ maker/ seller friends ๐Ÿค—

Shopping small is the best way to find unique gifts. Lots of love, care and time goes into handmade pieces like this beauty by Modern Woven Handmade Wall Art ๐Ÿ˜ I can't wait to welcome tons of people through our doors over the next couple of months! #SWALKcreative
Afflecks Manchester

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04/11/2021

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โ˜‘๏ธ VOTE LEVY โ˜‘๏ธ

Each week we transform a humdrum car park in our neighbourhood into the beating heart of our community by popping up with a top notch market, with the finest food, fun and friendly faces we can muster. It's completely free to come to the market and soak up the warmth of our lovely community.

But did you know that Levy Market is also a social enterprise? That means our profits go into local initiatives to help encourage our local high street thrive.

Did you ALSO know that Levy Market is run by residents of Levenshulme who volunteer their time, meaning those profits can go further, help more people and make a bigger change?

Voting is now open for Britain's Favourite Market 2022 and we would LOVE it if you could take a moment to vote for Levenshulme Market. You can find the link in our bio and voting takes literally a couple of seconds.

This weekend we'll be giving away free Levy Market badges at the Market Bar so please vote, come, have fun and show your support for Manchester's only true independent social enterprise market.

https://nabma.com/vote-for-britains-favourite-market-2022/

Hiii just here repping some SWALK stock to let you know that all these tees are now half price! In store and online they...
08/09/2021

Hiii just here repping some SWALK stock to let you know that all these tees are now half price! In store and online they're just ยฃ8 so I can whittle down the last of the stock and make room for new things ๐Ÿ’–

The quality is gooorge they're a 99% heavy cotton and they've got no side seams so no itchy labels to bother you. The sizes are unisex so they're not fitted and are quite generous, I'm wearing a medium here! I've got this wolfwhistling design and the catcalling (check my stories) in the following sizes left:

๐ŸบWolf - M, L, XL, 2XL
๐ŸฑCat - L, XL, 2XL

Shout me if you want one saving ๐Ÿ’–

www.swalkcreative.etsy.com

19/08/2021

Re-jigged my wall a bit at @swalkcreative today! Second floor of @afflecks_manchester - Open till 6 ๐Ÿ˜Š
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15/08/2021
2nd floorโ€ฆ

How fab is this?? The shop is BRIMMING with good stuff right now, I can't wait to get back to it this week ๐Ÿคฉ

๐Ÿงถ Textile Art ๐ŸงถFramed weavings are a great way to introduce some textile art into your home if you prefer straight edges...
03/08/2021

๐Ÿงถ Textile Art ๐Ÿงถ

Framed weavings are a great way to introduce some textile art into your home if you prefer straight edges and clean lines. They've got all the flair and creativity of our other weavings, but are finished with a chunky statement frame! These are a fab addition to gallery walls to add some variety of texture ๐Ÿคฉ

Swipe for the details on this piece by Modern Woven Handmade Wall Art

Happy Friday!! I'm SO excited to introduce you to our new artist, Inktally  ๐Ÿคฉ๐ŸŽจThink 70s and psychedelic, Natalie is nest...
30/07/2021

Happy Friday!! I'm SO excited to introduce you to our new artist, Inktally ๐Ÿคฉ๐ŸŽจ

Think 70s and psychedelic, Natalie is nestled between Emily paints and Nia Makes and you can buy her work from TODAY at our shop in Afflecks Manchester - I can't wait for you all to see it IRL ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜

12/07/2021

Tiny framed weaving now available in SWALK creative ๐Ÿฅฐ

06/07/2021

Iโ€™m at the @swalkcreative shop again today, restocking some prints, trying to catch up with my messages and hopefully gonna get into sketching out some new designs!
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Thereโ€™s still a small selection of little hanging ceramics here, and only available to buy in store at @afflecks_manchester - so available to Manchester locals only Iโ€™m afraid.. that is until my next shop update ๐Ÿ˜Š
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#ceramicart #clay #playwithclay #ceramicbird #clayboobs #ceramicboobs #catlady #catart #mermaid #mermaidart #feministartist #manchesterartist #clayart #tadaan #earthenware #smallart #handmade #hanarubi #hanarubistudio #swalkcreative #clayartist #affleckspalacemanchester #matchbox #packagedesign #claysculpture

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We love our little cafe โค๏ธ The extremely talented Emily Berry has drawn this beautiful print of Nibble๐Ÿ˜ You can buy the print from our lovely neighbours SWALK creative in Afflecks Manchester ๐Ÿ ๐Ÿ“ท @swalkcreative
We love our little cafe โค๏ธ The extremely talented Emily Berry has drawn this beautiful print of Nibble๐Ÿ˜ You can buy the print from our lovely neighbours SWALK creative in Afflecks Manchester ๐Ÿ ๐Ÿ“ท @swalkcreative
Tiny framed weaving ๐ŸŒฟโœจ Available at SWALK creative
I canโ€™t wait to see how SWALK creative gets on with one of my DIY macramรฉ kits! ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ’•
"I feel Afflecks have invested a lot of time and energy into helping us to grow so we can be the best that we can be, it's really supportive, it's a really collaborative environment." Thank you to Megan from art collective SWALK creative for sharing the story of their time at Afflecks ๐Ÿ’– If you're interested in setting up your own space, we'd love to hear from you. Visit afflecks.com to get in touch.
We're never going to be able to sing the right lyrics to this song ever again ๐Ÿ‹ Lovely alternative Christmas cards from SWALK creative
I've been a committed admirer of SWALK creative for a good while now and it was one of my first outings when I moved to Manchester recently. When its founder, Megan invited me to photograph her and the shop, I couldn't say yes quick enough. So great to see Afflecks Manchester and the brilliant team of shop owners reopening their doors this week ๐Ÿ‘ I know where I'll be heading this weekend...
Today Iโ€™ve been (if you didnโ€™t know already) at People's History Museum manning Etsy Manchesterโ€™s Pop Up shop. ๐Ÿฅณ What a day! Thank you to everyone who came to see the setup and supported local Etsy sellers. It means a lot! ๐Ÿ Weโ€™re back open tomorrow at 10am with Sally from The Lobe Wardrobe, whilst Iโ€™ll be spending my day over at SWALK creative in Afflecks Manchester before holding the Pop Up shop fort again on Sunday - what a busy weekend! ๐Ÿ˜… I hope to see a few of you about - say hello. โœจ
H E Y - I havenโ€™t posted on here in a while. ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿผโ€โ™‚๏ธ I defo needed a bit of a break from the old SM - in the words of Britney, itโ€™s my prerogative. ๐Ÿ’๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ Anyway. Get yo asses down to SWALK creative to check out my sweet display in Afflecks Manchester! Absolutley buzzing with how it came together, so much so last weekend after my first shift working in the shop I had a swift BFP at Common. ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป Please go and shop small...whilst you can! โœจ
S H O P - so, Iโ€™ve only gone and got my stuff stocked at the phenomenal SWALK creative in the legendary Afflecks Manchester! ๐Ÿ˜ญ What a day. Proper chuffed and proud - defo worth celebrating! ๐Ÿฅณ If you want to support sustainable forward thinking small businesses and local makers, pop in when you get a chance and shop like you mean it. โœจ
Happy Monday! Excited to be heading back to Yorkshire this week for a busy week of shoots ๐Ÿ“ธ How's your week looking? Image of artwork by @nia_makes (Instagram), available at SWALK creative ๐ŸŽจ
Spotted: Megan of SWALK creative ๐Ÿ‘€ We had this photoshoot booked in just before lockdown and we finally made it happen a couple of weeks ago. S.W.A.L.K. Creative is located inside Afflecks Manchester and showcases incredibly talented local artists with affordable artwork, from original drawings to prints and even personal โ€˜on the spotโ€™ portraits, with the aim of making art accessible for all. A gem of a shop if you're visiting the area or you can find them on Etsy!