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Lybster glass studio supports women with a 'pink hand grenade'

By David G Scott

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A Lybster based art studio is "delighted" to be involved in a joint project raising awareness of violence against women.

North Lands Creative (NLC) announced that it has partnered with Highland Print Studio in Inverness and glass artist Silvia Levenson to support a fundraiser for Caithness and Sutherland Women’s Aid (Caswa).

13lb of Love T-shirt.
13lb of Love T-shirt.

NLC's general manager Laura O’Kane said: "Supporters can purchase our fundraiser T-Shirt depicting Silvia Levenson's iconic 13lb of Love pink hand grenade, hand-printed in Inverness by High land Print Studio.

"The money raised from the sales will help Caswa create real and lasting change and provide essential activities and resources for the women, children and young people who are supported by this amazing local charity in our own community."

T-Shirts are on sale now for £25 from the NLC website. 100 per cent of the profits will go directly to Caswa.

The T-Shirts have been selling "across the globe out as far as USA and Australia", says Laura. She added: "Silvia Levenson is a well-respected glass artist; her work has been exhibited around the world and is part of several notable collections. We are delighted to be working with her on this project."

The artist also worked on a film with her daughter Natalia Saurin on a theme-related project which screened in NLC's Glass, Meet the Future 2021 film festival and can still be viewed online.

Emma Fraser, team leader and domestic abuse specialist at Caswa, said "We are delighted to be supported by North Lands Creative through this fundraiser for Caswa. This T-shirt fundraiser, featuring Silvia Levenson's design, focuses on domestic abuse.

"The meaning surrounding her design, 'glass objects are metaphors for tumultuous emotions underlying otherwise cosy domestic environments' highlights the very fact that home isn’t a safe place for everyone, for many it is a dangerous place. A fact that we are very aware of, particularly during the pandemic."

Emma adds that the charity is very "dependent on fundraisers" to support its crucial work and how the money raised can help to fund therapeutic elements of support enabling women and children to understand and move on from their experiences.

"This is the beginning of what we hope will be a long relationship with North Lands Creative.”

Contact Caithness and Sutherland Women’s Aid by email at info@caswa.org.uk or telephone 0345 408 0151

Check the NLC website for more info and updates at www.northlandscreative.co.uk/

The T-Shirts are on sale now for £25 from the NLC website at this link www.northlandscreative.co.uk/2021/03/18/fundraiser-for-caswa-with-silvia-levenson/

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