At Tom Pigeon we make nice things (or at least we hope you think we do) and nice things are great but sometimes the things that you do need to have a bit more meaning. I've been searching for ways to build more ethical and charitable approaches into our work and over the next year we are looking to launch something that does just that. More on that in the new year...
For now, we have been working on a project with the remarkable Social Bite Village, the first custom-built, supported, homeless community in the UK.
Sometimes a project comes along that you feel fits perfectly with what you do and what you believe in and rather than sitting back and letting it pass you need to get up and do something about it.
We visited Social Bite Village this summer and were really moved by what was happening there. This remarkable community has been established to provide housing, emotional and social support for homeless people, helping them to navigate the jobs market, independent living and self care within an amazing community of peers, volunteers and counsellors.
We were also hugely inspired by the visual beauty of the site, formerly a vacant council plot, which looks over the Firth of Forth and is dotted with colourful wooden homes with beautiful plywood interiors, hand-crafted furniture and cosy patchwork beds. The NestHouses which form the heart of this community were designed by Jonathan Avery and Tiny House Scotland and are a stunning reflection of the care, thought and effort which has been put into this project.
‘Build’ celebrates the physical construction of this community but also the idea of building new lives and positive futures for those living in the village.
'Build' costs £100 and is a limited edition of 100 signed, numbered and embossed screen prints. Every penny of profit will be used to support the continuing development of the Social Bite Village and with your support we are hoping to donate over £9000 to this amazing project.
We would also like to say a massive thank you to Fenner Paper for the paper they donated for these prints - making every print worth even more profit.
If you'd like to take a closer look at the prints, just click here.