Adidas Spectral Mode: The Grand Reveal

September 22, 2018

 

One of the greatest moments of any footballer’s career, no matter what level they play, is the euphoria that comes with a fresh pair of boots. Nowhere is this more apparent than Sunday League.

Everyone dreams of being a professional footballer and having the pizzazz of Messi or the thunderbolt strike of Ronaldo. For some, all it takes is that new box-fresh pair of kicks. In your head at least.

 
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Step forward the Spectral Mode collection; five signature adidas boots – Predator, X18, Copa, Nemeziz and Nemeziz Messi – with a beautiful pastel coloured twist. Each colour palette is inspired by the true greats and megaclubs of the footballing world, transforming the ageing midfield dynamo from The Dog & Duck into the Paul Pogba of Sunday League.

 
 
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But as we all know, stylish boots made for glamorous nights in the Champions League can also raise the odd eyebrow (and high foot) or two on the Sunday morning touchlines. In fact, you can almost picture the scene right now.

 
 
 
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You turn up to the bustling school changing room on a cold and windy morning with your new boots tucked away in your complimentary adidas boot bag. It’s too early for the grand reveal, you’re a rugged centre-half and it’s in the unwritten rules of the game that you don’t have licence to rock such beauties. So you nervously unveil them when everyone else is putting on their last bit of kit, mainly sock tape or emergency deep heat. That’s the moment when one of the sparkly boots catches the eye of your cocky striker.

This is it, this is your moment. As your boots are rightfully admired (silently) and mocked (publicly) in equal measure, it’s interesting to note that just the one boot is doing the rounds. Like a man inspecting a barbecue there’s a rhythmic dance to it; point out how light they are, squeeze the toe and comment how soft they are, turn over to inspect the studs, ask the all-important question surrounding the price, then finish with “they’re well nice mate but why do YOU have them?”

 
 
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Now that’s all out the way, it’s game time. Since the moment you took them home and placed your feet (complete with boots) into a bowl of warm water, you’ve dreamt of a fairytale performance. Your first touch sticking to you like glue, arrowing the perfect cross-field diagonal ball, sending the opposing striker to his knees with a beautifully executed Cruyff turn.

The whistle blows. This is it. All eyes are on you and your feet. The ball comes your way, this is your moment. Not a single player around you. And... Shank.

But it was the most incredibly satisfying and aesthetically pleasing shank of your life. Paul Pogba, eat your heart out.

 
 
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Words:
Dale Benton

Photos:
Patterns of Play

Model:
Matilda Larrington

Boots:
Spectral Mode – Predator (Trace Pink)
Spectral Mode – Nemeziz (Ash Silver)

Apparel:
adidas Tango Jersey (white/black)
adidas Parma short (black/white)
adidas adiSocks (white/black)

 
 
 
 

Patterns of Play Rock The Pink

August 31, 2018

 

This week Man United and adidas revealed a new pastel pink away shirt design, inspired by the famous Manchester Evening News ‘Football Pink’ newspaper.

 
 
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A launch event was held at the adidas store in Manchester which was transformed into a pink themed, pop up newsagents. Lucky fans who attended were exclusively able to buy the new shirt, as well as meet a host of special guests throughout the two-day celebration.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

To add to the experience, we operated a live print station over the two days, producing custom posters as souvenirs for hundreds of buzzing United fans. Thanks to @adidasfootball for having us, it was a complete pleasure!

 
 
 
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New series of Norwich City cover artwork

August 8, 2018

 

Following on from the success of last season’s Norwich City matchday programmes, we’re pleased to reveal our partnership with the Canaries will continue for the 2018/19 campaign.

This time the cover artwork will feature a different Norwich City legend for every matchday in a new Portrait of an Icon series, celebrating the 23 players who have played over 300 times for the club.

 
 
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First up to feature is Norwich City goalkeeping hero and record appearances holder Kevin Keelan who has been illustrated by London based artist Raj Dhunna for the opening match against West Bromwich Albion.

Over the course of the season, various artists will be allocated a different Norwich City icon to interpret into an artistic portrait using a variety of styles including illustration, drawing, painting and photography.

 
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To accompany the new player portraits, we've also freshened up the cover layout for this season and introduced a specially designed logo for the Portrait of an Icon series. The logo design reinterprets the Norwich City club crest as a hanging piece of framed artwork and will sit alongside each portrait on the cover of every issue.

 
 
 
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The planning and research is well underway for the first batch of matches and you can follow the project on social media as we reveal the different covers week-by-week throughout the season.

For press enquiries or more information about the project, please send an email to studio@patternsofplay.co.uk

 
 

Norwich Art Car Boot at Redwell Brewery

June 20, 2018

 

Last weekend we POPped up at our local brewery alongside many other creatives to celebrate the best of Norwich art, beer, food and music. The one day event hosted by print to the people at Redwell Brewery was the perfect way to spend a Sunny Sunday, especially on Fathers day.

 
 
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With over 2000 people attending it was a great opportunity to display the seasons NCFC cover artwork as well as a variety of other prints, merchandise and shirts which were all available to buy.

 
 
 
 
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Thanks to Print to the People for having us, we’ll hopefully see you again next year!

 
 
 
 
 
 

Meet the artist: Anmar Mirza

June 12, 2018

 

A new World Cup is about to start and to celebrate the occasion, we've curated an exhibition at the Norwich Arts Centre to run alongside the showpiece tournament in Russia.

The artwork on display celebrates memorable and iconic moments from World Cup history as seen through the eyes of a collection of artists, designers and illustrators. We caught up with Norwich-based artist Anmar Mirza to talk us through his piece.

 
 
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Patterns of Play:

What does the World Cup mean to you? 

 

Anmar Mirza:

Well it's a pretty big deal, a bit like the Olympics for example. People from all forms of life unite and get sucked in by it all. It's great to watch and gives me a great excuse for when I'm late or forget to be somewhere. "Oh sorry mate, was watching the game"... haha!

 
 
 
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POP:

Which was the first World Cup tournament you remember watching?

 

AM:

It was in 2002, Brazil vs England. I got to have a lay in and miss the first half of school to watch the game. Remember being sat in the kitchen with my folks watching Ronalindho dink that freekick past Seaman. Then having to run to school in time for the lunch break to play footy with the boys. Ah, life was so great back then!

 

POP:

Who’s been your favourite ever World Cup player to watch? 

 

AM:

Ronaldo de Lima in 2002. Blimey, what a player he was and that hair cut too! Nutter, absolute nutter.

 
 
 
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POP:

Explain more about the World Cup memory your piece refers to and why you chose this? 

 

AM:

I was just a little kid in 1998. I didn't really know what football was, so I don't remember much apart from seeing the jerseys on TV. It was some time later when I saw a documentary on Ronaldo de Lima and the story of him at that World Cup inspired me to create this piece. It shows him running rings around a bunch of Holland defenders during the semi-finals. His dribbling skills were insane!

 
 
 
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POP:

How do you think England will get on at Russia 2018? 

 

AM:

Yeah, I reckon they've got a good chance. It's the first time in a long while where we've got a team who actually want to play for each other.

 

POP:

Where will you watch the games? 

 

AM:

In my studio, painting with the footy on in the background. Lovely, just lovely!

 
 
 
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You can see Anmar's piece at our World Cup exhibition, on display at the Norwich Arts Centre throughout the duration of the tournament in Russia. They are also showing live screenings of the England games in the auditorium, so a perfect excuse to come along and see the show!

 
 

The F2FC launch event at Old Trafford

May 22, 2018

 

Last week we attended the launch event of the new F2FC football team with a special delivery.

 
 
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Our stall displayed a range of football gifts, prints and vintage shirts available to buy so perfect for those last minute stocking fillers!

 
 
 
 
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We had a great time chatting to members of the public who braved the bitter weather, eating an abundance of Portuguese baked goods and drinking mulled cider. It was the the perfect way to get into the Christmas spirit and to get our hands on some unique gifts.

 
 
 
 
 
 

OTBC Exhibition: Private View

May 5, 2018

 

To celebrate the return of European Championship football, Patterns of Play hosted an art and design exhibition in Hoxton, London. Appropriately titled Group Stage, the exhibition included artwork by a group collection of artists and took place during the opening stages of the Euro 2016 tournament in France.

 
 
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The four day event kicked-off with an opening night on Thursday 9th June. It was an opportunity for guests to view the show before anyone else and generally share the excitement ahead of Euro 2016 and the prospect of watching 4 weeks worth of International tournament football.

 
 
 
 
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Refreshments were provided courtesy of Adnams Brewery and goodie bags were also available including gifts from Pickles Magazine, Cult Kits and Patterns of Play.

A range of fantastic prizes and signed memorabilia was also on preview, ahead of an online charity auction, raising funds in aid of the Bobby Moore Fund for Cancer Research UK.

The exhibition is open to the public until September 12th and you can find the gallery on Bridewell Alley. For more details about It’s On The Ball and information about what they do, please visit www.itsontheball.org

 
 
 
 
 
 

Exhibition of matchday programme covers

April 25, 2018

 

As the 2017/18 football season draws to a close, we're excited to announce that Patterns of Play will be hosting an exhibition of matchday programme covers for Norwich City, showcasing the full collection of artwork we’ve produced for the Canaries throughout the project.

 
 
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The 8 day event kicks-off on Saturday 5th May and will continue every day until Saturday 12th. The exhibition will take place on the ground floor (Level 1) of the Castle Mall shopping centre in Norwich, situated between Poundworld and Blue Inc.

 
 
 
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The show will present all 24 cover artworks from this season, celebrating each of the talented artists and the individual stories behind their pieces. A range of visual styles will be on display including graphic design, illustration, printmaking and typography. Print editions and postcards of all artwork will be available to buy during the exhibition.

 
 
 
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Opening Times:


Saturday 5 May,  9am – 6pm
Sunday 6 May,  10am – 4pm
Monday 7 May,  10am – 4pm
Tuesday 8 May,  9am – 6pm
Wednesday 9 May,  9am – 6pm
Thursday 10 May,  9am – 6pm
Friday 11 May,  9am – 6pm
Saturday 12 May,  9am – 6pm

 
 
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A selection of original artwork and drawings produced by the artists during the project will also be on display and available for bidding on, along with some other great prizes in a silent auction taking place throughout the exhibition. All proceeds from the auction and a percentage of print sales will be donated to two local charities, Headway Norfolk & Waveney and OPEN Youth Trust.

 
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For press enquiries or more information about the exhibition, please send an email to studio@patternsofplay.co.uk

 
 

Manchester Print Fair

April 19, 2018

 

Last weekend we ventured up north to host a Patterns of Play pop–up stall at the Manchester Print Fair, alongside a talented collection of independent makers and creators.

 
 
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The one day event was held at the iconic Manchester Cathedral on Victoria Street, with plenty of wares and a variety of skilful creatives all under one majestic roof. We used our stall as an opportunity to present our take on football art, design and culture with a range of prints, gifts and merchandise available to buy.

 
 
 
 
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Alongside the print stalls, there was also an opportunity to get hands-on with free workshops put together by G.F Smith including screen-printing and letterpress which were very enjoyable, as was the whole event. Thanks to Alessandra and her team at Manchester Print Fair for having us. Hopefully see you again soon!

 
 
 
 
 
 

10k competition giveaway

March 26, 2018

 

Last weekend we ventured up north to host a Patterns of Play pop–up stall at the Manchester Print Fair, alongside a talented collection of independent makers and creators.

 
 
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The one day event was held at the iconic Manchester Cathedral on Victoria Street, with plenty of wares and a variety of skilful creatives all under one majestic roof. We used our stall as an opportunity to present our take on football art, design and culture with a range of prints, gifts and merchandise available to buy.

 
 
 
 
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Alongside the print stalls, there was also an opportunity to get hands-on with free workshops put together by G.F Smith including screen-printing and letterpress which were very enjoyable, as was the whole event. Thanks to Alessandra and her team at Manchester Print Fair for having us. Hopefully see you again soon!

 
 
 
 
 
 

Slow news day in Norfolk

January 5, 2018

 

Last weekend we ventured up north to host a Patterns of Play pop–up stall at the Manchester Print Fair, alongside a talented collection of independent makers and creators.

 
 
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The one day event was held at the iconic Manchester Cathedral on Victoria Street, with plenty of wares and a variety of skilful creatives all under one majestic roof. We used our stall as an opportunity to present our take on football art, design and culture with a range of prints, gifts and merchandise available to buy.

 
 
 
 
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Alongside the print stalls, there was also an opportunity to get hands-on with free workshops put together by G.F Smith including screen-printing and letterpress which were very enjoyable, as was the whole event. Thanks to Alessandra and her team at Manchester Print Fair for having us. Hopefully see you again soon!

 
 
 
 
 
 

Fresh Artisan Christmas Market

December 20, 2017

 

Last weekend we, along with many other makers set up shop in an old shoe factory for 3 days for the Fresh Artizan Christmas Market. The 3 day event kicked off on friday evening, with live music, lovely food and of course several talented creatives!

 
 
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Our stall displayed a range of football gifts, prints and vintage shirts available to buy so perfect for those last minute stocking fillers!

 
 
 
 
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We had a great time chatting to members of the public who braved the bitter weather, eating an abundance of Portuguese baked goods and drinking mulled cider. It was the the perfect way to get into the Christmas spirit and to get our hands on some unique gifts.

 
 
 
 
 
 

New collaboration with Norwich City

August 12, 2017

 

Following on from the success of last season’s Norwich City matchday programmes, we’re pleased to reveal our partnership with the Canaries will continue for the 2018/19 campaign.

This time the cover artwork will feature a different Norwich City legend for every matchday in a new Portrait of an Icon series, celebrating the 23 players who have played over 300 times for the club.

 
 
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First up to feature is Norwich City goalkeeping hero and record appearances holder Kevin Keelan who has been illustrated by London based artist Raj Dhunna for the opening match against West Bromwich Albion.

Over the course of the season, various artists will be allocated a different Norwich City icon to interpret into an artistic portrait using a variety of styles including illustration, drawing, painting and photography.

 
Portrait of an Icon Logo.jpg
 

To accompany the new player portraits, we've also freshened up the cover layout for this season and introduced a specially designed logo for the Portrait of an Icon series. The logo design reinterprets the Norwich City club crest as a hanging piece of framed artwork and will sit alongside each portrait on the cover of every issue.

 
 
 
Portrait of an Icon Logo on cover.jpg
Portrait of an Icon sketches.jpg
 
 
 

The planning and research is well underway for the first batch of matches and you can follow the project on social media as we reveal the different covers week-by-week throughout the season.

For press enquiries or more information about the project, please send an email to studio@patternsofplay.co.uk

 
 

A day trip to Lewes FC

March 19, 2017

 

Last weekend we ventured up north to host a Patterns of Play pop–up stall at the Manchester Print Fair, alongside a talented collection of independent makers and creators.

 
 
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The one day event was held at the iconic Manchester Cathedral on Victoria Street, with plenty of wares and a variety of skilful creatives all under one majestic roof. We used our stall as an opportunity to present our take on football art, design and culture with a range of prints, gifts and merchandise available to buy.

 
 
 
 
Manchester+Print+Fair+3.jpg
 
 
 
 

Alongside the print stalls, there was also an opportunity to get hands-on with free workshops put together by G.F Smith including screen-printing and letterpress which were very enjoyable, as was the whole event. Thanks to Alessandra and her team at Manchester Print Fair for having us. Hopefully see you again soon!

 
 
 
 
 
 

Festive football exhibition + pop up shop

November 17, 2016

 

As the 2017/18 football season draws to a close, we're excited to announce that Patterns of Play will be hosting an exhibition of matchday programme covers for Norwich City, showcasing the full collection of artwork we’ve produced for the Canaries throughout the project.

 
 
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The 8 day event kicks-off on Saturday 5th May and will continue every day until Saturday 12th. The exhibition will take place on the ground floor (Level 1) of the Castle Mall shopping centre in Norwich, situated between Poundworld and Blue Inc.

 
 
 
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The show will present all 24 cover artworks from this season, celebrating each of the talented artists and the individual stories behind their pieces. A range of visual styles will be on display including graphic design, illustration, printmaking and typography. Print editions and postcards of all artwork will be available to buy during the exhibition.

 
 
 
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Opening Times:


Saturday 5 May,  9am – 6pm
Sunday 6 May,  10am – 4pm
Monday 7 May,  10am – 4pm
Tuesday 8 May,  9am – 6pm
Wednesday 9 May,  9am – 6pm
Thursday 10 May,  9am – 6pm
Friday 11 May,  9am – 6pm
Saturday 12 May,  9am – 6pm

 
 
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A selection of original artwork and drawings produced by the artists during the project will also be on display and available for bidding on, along with some other great prizes in a silent auction taking place throughout the exhibition. All proceeds from the auction and a percentage of print sales will be donated to two local charities, Headway Norfolk & Waveney and OPEN Youth Trust.

 
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For press enquiries or more information about the exhibition, please send an email to studio@patternsofplay.co.uk

 
 

Charity Auction for the Bobby Moore Fund

October 9, 2016

 

Following on from our Group Stage Euros Exhibition in Hoxton, we proudly put together an online charity auction in aid of the Bobby Moore Fund for Cancer Research UK. In aid of the Bobby Moore Fund for Cancer Research UK, we've put together an online charity auction for 1 week only.

 
 
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A range of prizes are available to win and bids can be made from now up until Sunday 16th October, so get in quickly with your best offers. Good luck!
Patterns of Play have put together an online charity auction for 1 week only, in aid of the Bobby Moore Fund for Cancer Research UK. The following prizes are available to win and bids can be made up until Sunday 16th October, so get in quickly with your best offers. Good luck!

 
 
 
 
 
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Click on the prizes below for descriptions and to make your bids.

Bobby Moore was just 51 years old when he died. The Bobby Moore Fund was set up by Stephanie Moore MBE, Bobby’s widow, in his memory to fund pioneering, life-saving bowel cancer research.

 
 
 
 
 
 

Danke Basti: Honouring a German legend

September 1, 2016

 

Last weekend we ventured up north to host a Patterns of Play pop–up stall at the Manchester Print Fair, alongside a talented collection of independent makers and creators.

 
 
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The one day event was held at the iconic Manchester Cathedral on Victoria Street, with plenty of wares and a variety of skilful creatives all under one majestic roof. We used our stall as an opportunity to present our take on football art, design and culture with a range of prints, gifts and merchandise available to buy.

 
 
 
 
Manchester+Print+Fair+3.jpg
 
 
 
 

Alongside the print stalls, there was also an opportunity to get hands-on with free workshops put together by G.F Smith including screen-printing and letterpress which were very enjoyable, as was the whole event. Thanks to Alessandra and her team at Manchester Print Fair for having us. Hopefully see you again soon!

 
 
 
 
 
 

Group Stage: Opening Night

June 10, 2016

 

To celebrate the return of European Championship football, Patterns of Play hosted an art and design exhibition in Hoxton, London. Appropriately titled Group Stage, the exhibition included artwork by a group collection of artists and took place during the opening stages of the Euro 2016 tournament in France.

 
 
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The four day event kicked-off with an opening night on Thursday 9th June. It was an opportunity for guests to view the show before anyone else and generally share the excitement ahead of Euro 2016 and the prospect of watching 4 weeks worth of International tournament football.

 
 
 
 
groupstage-8.jpg
 
 
 
 

Refreshments were provided courtesy of Adnams Brewery and goodie bags were also available including gifts from Pickles Magazine, Cult Kits and Patterns of Play.

A range of fantastic prizes and signed memorabilia was also on preview, ahead of an online charity auction, raising funds in aid of the Bobby Moore Fund for Cancer Research UK.

The exhibition is open to the public until September 12th and you can find the gallery on Bridewell Alley. For more details about It’s On The Ball and information about what they do, please visit www.itsontheball.org

 
 
 
 
 
 

An afternoon in the rain at Mattishall

March 19, 2016

 

Yesterday we attended the first ever Norwich Arts & Vintage Fair with a pop–up stall selling football prints and gifts. The one day event was held at OPEN Norwich in the city centre as a host of independent makers and creatives set-up their stalls.

 
 
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It proved to be a successful event showcasing arts and culture from in and around the Norwich area. Our pop–up stall displayed our finest football art and design skills with a range of prints and gifts available to buy on the day. Also, with Valentines Day just around the corner, we had some greeting cards especially made up for the occasion.

 
 
 
 
 
 

Norwich Arts & Vintage Fair

February 7, 2016

 

Yesterday we attended the first ever Norwich Arts & Vintage Fair with a pop–up stall selling football prints and gifts. The one day event was held at OPEN Norwich in the city centre as a host of independent makers and creatives set-up their stalls.

 
 
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It proved to be a successful event showcasing arts and culture from in and around the Norwich area. Our pop–up stall displayed our finest football art and design skills with a range of prints and gifts available to buy on the day. Also, with Valentines Day just around the corner, we had some greeting cards especially made up for the occasion.