Street Art: Steve McIntosh

Street Art Steve McIntosh

Street Art: Giving Marginalised Individuals an Outlet for Creative Expression

Every week in The Big Issue, our Street Art page gives talented, marginalised individuals an outlet for creative expression, as well as a platform to sell their prints through The Big Issue Shop.

Steve McIntosh taught himself to draw at a young age by reading and imitating DC and Marvel superhero comics. ‘My drawing feels more technical than artistic; puzzles, crosswords and historical facts influence my thoughts and occupy my time, though my work comes from my imagination. I don’t feel in any rush when working, just take my time, each line is considered, not instinctive. I’m not sure why my landscapes and towns often lack people, maybe because I like solitude.’

Vendor Spotlight: Damsel & Daughter

Damsel & Daughter

Vendor Spotlight: Damsel & Daughter

Founded by Mai Gornall, DAMSEL & DAUGHTER, sell beautifully crafted leather and vegan leather coin purses which raise funds to improve women’s health in London.  Marrying her love for crafts with social consciousness, Mai Gornall formed Damsel & Daughter to respond to issues surrounding women in poverty. The word ‘damsel’ finds its roots in ‘women of noble birth’ as Gornall believes all women are created nobel.

Damsel & Daughter

Born from wanting to figure out some way of giving women in disadvantaged positions back their dignity, Gornall found a need for regular feminine hygiene packs. This lead to the creation of the leather coin purses which the proceeds would help fund feminine hygiene packs. These coin purses are all up-cycled from leather and faux leather off-cuts sourced on Brick Lane. The silver model is made from vegan leather.

The packs are then are distributed to various shelters across London, such as The Manna Society and the Hackney Migrant Centre.

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Damsel & Daughter

Street Art: Andy Bick

Andy Bick

Street Art: Giving Marginalised Individuals an Outlet for Creative Expression

Every week in The Big Issue, our Street Art page gives talented, marginalised individuals an outlet for creative expression, as well as a platform to sell their prints through The Big Issue Shop.

Andy Bick from Worcester experienced a long period of homelessness, including living in a hostel for several years, and before that rough sleeping and sofa-surfing. He now lives in his own rented flat. He started drawing cartoons as a means of communicating with his 90-year-old mother. “I intended for these cartoons to have a simplistic style,” he says. “I felt it would be wrong or a distraction to Beano-ize the homeless. It was important for them to look like something homeless folk could relate to.”

Street Art: Stephen Mundy

Stephen Mundy

Street Art: Giving Marginalised Individuals an Outlet for Creative Expression

Every week in The Big Issue, our Street Art page gives talented, marginalised individuals an outlet for creative expression, as well as a platform to sell their prints through The Big Issue Shop.

Stephen Mundy served two years of a four-year prison sentence at HMP Lewes, Sussex. “I created this image (pictured above) just before I was due to be released from HMP Lewes, Sussex after serving two years of a four-year prison sentence,” says Stephen. “While I was in prison I was given the choice of working in the workshop, or going to education, I chose education. I was very mentally ill, and practising art was a real benefit to my mental health. I applied to college on release but didn’t have anywhere to live. That’s where this piece of art fits in – boarded-up houses, a man with a rucksack, scratching his head, thinking “where to now?” Luckily since release, I have been in temporary, supported housing, and doing well at college.”

Stephen Mundy

Vendor Spotlight: Good News Shared

Vendor Spotlight: Good News Shared

Good News Shared is shining a light on the uplifting, charitable things that are happening all around us to help people feel more optimistic and to inspire people to make positive contributions to their community.

Studies have found that hearing and sharing good news can have a number of positive effects on us, including increased optimism and reduced stress levels. Good News Shared aims to put this at the forefront, promoting charitable events and positive mental health.

They have since created a guided journal with daily reflection questions to help you notice, remember and appreciate the good things from your day.

Called, The Moments Journal, this book gives you a positivity boost every evening as countless studies have shown focusing on positive moments, kindness and good news can increase your happiness and reduce your stress levels.

The Royal Collection

Royal Wedding Collection

The Royal Wedding Collection

We are proud to present to you The Big Issue’s Royal Wedding Collection – guaranteed to be your Antiques Roadshow treasures of the future! This exclusive range of commemorative objects to treasure are all designed by contributors to our Street Art page and artists who have experienced homelessness. We have portraits by John Sheehy, Jo Adamson and Geraldine Crimms, whilst our stunning cover was created by David Tovey.

A unique way to celebrate – Big Issue style!

Celebrating The Royal Wedding

Royal Wedding

Portrait Royal Wedding

 

Vendor Spotlight: Jerry

Jerry Bottle

Vendor Spotlight: Jerry

Jerry cares about decreasing plastic bottle pollution, getting clean water to everyone and furthermore, keeping you in good health. A million single-use plastic water bottles are bought around the world every minute and Jerry believes we need to change this environmental crisis together. All profits from the sale of Jerry’s beautiful reusable water bottles go to making clean water projects across India and Tanzania, with their sister company – The Waterfall Charity.

As well as this, by looking at the bottom of the reusable steel jerry water bottle, there will be the coordinates of the water project that purchase has funded so you can trace exactly which village your bottle is funding.

Jerry is working on setting up free-refill spots by working with shops and restaurants to let people fill their jerry bottles. They also work with corporate companies, schools and universities to educate and encourage people about sustainable alternatives to single-use plastic bottles.

SHOP JERRY 

Jerry

Vendor Spotlight: Forgiveness Project

The Forgiveness Project

Vendor Spotlight: Forgiveness Project

The Forgiveness Project works in communities, prisons, schools, and with anyone wishing to explore peaceful solutions to conflict and pain.
All profits from the sale of The Forgiveness Project products go back into the project enabling them to support more people.

Founded in 2004 by journalist, Marina Cantacuzino, The Forgiveness Project provides resources and experiences to help people examine and overcome their own unresolved grievances. The testimonies they collect ”bear witness to the resilience of the human spirit and act as a powerful antidote to narratives of hate and dehumanisation, presenting alternatives to cycles of conflict, violence, crime and injustice.”

The Forgiveness Project

This idea informs their work across multiple platforms – in publications and educational resources, through the international F Word exhibition, in public conversations, and their award-winning RESTORE prison programme.

RESTORE is The Forgiveness Project’s award-winning, intensive group-based intervention programme that supports prisoners in their process of change towards a crime-free life. They currently have two publications out, the most recent one – Forgiveness is Really Strange is a beautifully illustrated book that explores the complexity of forgiveness. The Forgiveness Project collates powerful real-life stories from survivors and perpetrators of crime and violence worldwide. They reveal the very real impact of forgiveness on their lives and offers alternatives to resentment, retaliation and revenge.

the Forgiveness Project

We’ve Got A New Spring Look!

New Page

We’ve Got A New Spring Look!

We’re excited to show you our new look here at the Big Issue Shop! We’ve got lots of new things to check out, including a new layout throughout our store. We also have revamped vendor pages – so you can find out more about your favourite social enterprises and who you’re supporting. 

Arthouse Meath

The Big Issue

There’s also updated product pages which better state the social echo! All our products support a variety of causes and people. So, take a look and make your money go further with the Big Issue Shop: 

Check Out The New Shop

 

 

 

Street Art: Anthony Pye

Anthony Pye

Street Art: Giving Marginalised Individuals an Outlet for Creative Expression

Every week in The Big Issue, our Street Art page gives talented, marginalised individuals an outlet for creative expression, as well as a platform to sell their prints through The Big Issue Shop.

Antony Pye suffers from psychosis and was homeless for a long period of time after being kicked out of his parents’ house. After staying in different places including a tent, a boat and a garden shed, he now finally has a flat of his own. “I do not want anybody experiencing what I had to,” he says, “I want to help those who are in need by the distribution of survival goods starting off with survival blankets with art on them.”