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The Brutalist Sixties’ block that towers over the Helter Skelter, Big Wheel and Scenic Railway of Margate’s Dreamland makes for a distinctly British seaside scene. And a fitting backdrop to a pleasure park that takes its theme from the good, bad and ugly of its own social history.
Inspired by American amusement parks, the ‘UK’s original pleasure park’ dates back to the early 1920s and has seen as many ups and downs as its Grade-II listed railway ride.
Requisitioned to treat injured troops evacuated from Dunkirk in the Forties, a hangout for teenage Teddy Boys and Girls in the Fifties and top music venue throughout the swinging Sixties, it changed hands, names and directions several times before slowing to a grinding halt at the end of the 20th century.
In the early Noughties the Save Dreamland Campaign was founded to combat commercial redevelopment, only to suffer more setbacks in the form to two devastating fires. Yet after successful Lottery and Government funding bids its upward trajectory was back on track by 2010, and given a turbo boost as Wayne Hemingway MBE took the helm of the rebrand in 2012.
As is his MO, Midcentury-mad Hemingway has drawn on the optimism of post-war era Dreamland to inject the project with Festival of Britain-inspired positivity.
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Hot on the heels of their publishing debut with Printmaking and Embroidery, Brighton crafters Super+Super have released another pair of books with original projects on Crochet and Paper Cutting. And we have one of each to give away!
The Super+Super series, created by Claire Culley and Amy Phipps, centres on the idea of crafting with friends, with tutorials to help creatives of all levels inject originality into their wardrobe, home décor and gifting repertoire.
Crochet and Paper Cutting each contain 20 illustrated tutorials showing readers how to create items such as tablet and phone cases, a wine holder, birthday cake toppers, bunting and garlands and much more using widely-available materials.
Our favourites are the colourful crochet necklace, stool cover and vintage fruit bag. And the paper masks are bound to go down a treat at weddings or any event where there’s an opportunity for photobooth fun.
Each project is fully illustrated with step-by-step instructions, a list of all the tools you’ll need and techniques that are described in detail.
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