SDR: July News






OK, straight to the big news of the month and what everyone has been waiting for: the announcement of the SDR Biscuit Survey top 3…

The King of Biscuits comes in a disappointing 3rd place

The King of Biscuits comes in a disappointing 3rd place

After all the votes have been counted here are the top 3:

1. Ginger Shortbread (from a Fortnum & Masons hamper). No real surprise here, these were insanely popular with the Mon & Wed Stage 1 class in particular (in fact no-one else got a look in).

2. Stem Ginger (Co-Op) Nicky and Claire probably the most vocal fans (and as Claire is invariably in charge of re-stocking the biscuits, the school has seen a lot of these this month)

3. Milk Chocolate Digestives The undisputed king of biscuits isn’t happy with its position at no.3 (btw dark choc and orange varieties are a crime against humanity and should be banned).

On the wider snack front, big shout outs are due to the home-made banana and dark choc cake (Rowena) and the Lemon cake with gin drizzle (Estelle). That isn’t a misprint –  it had bloody gin all over it! Amazing.

Whilst talking about Gin (as you do), it brings me nicely on to the exciting news that the multi award winning Pickering’s Gin have once again confirmed their sponsorship of our End Of Year, Open Day show on Sunday July 17th where all will be treated to what many have described as some of the best Gin & Tonics they’ve ever experienced (most possibly because they’ve been free…but also presumably because Pickering’s Gin is genuinely gorgeous).

All are welcome (including friends and family), 12 noon til 3pm to the Open Day on July 17th where all our student’s amazing work will be displayed, we’ll have fabric collections on show, a new art installation, food and snacks as well as few special bits and pieces from the SDR Studio. And we’ll also be announcing the winners of SDR’s exclusive Liberty and Kvadrat prizes.

Mystery Meat

Mystery Meat

A quick mention to our friends Mystery Meat, who’s amazing, moving, ticking art installation has been gracing the walls of SDR for the last 12 months – it’s all going to be seriously missed! But we’ll be excited to unveil our new installation at the Open Day.

We’re gearing up to unveil this year’s bus stop bench (as soon as it stops raining). Every year we design a bench for the bus stop outside SDR on Hackney Road (can read about previous years benches here ). It always provides a bit of smile for our morning commuters and this year got our local friends at the Lanark to give away some of their amazing coffee to the weary commuters whilst they sit on our bench.

Finally, we were very excited to work with Laura Lees recently who’s made a big name for herself within the fashion world for her hand-crafted embroidered designs – together with Laura we ran a two day course at SDR where people created their own bespoke embroidery designs before upholstering them onto a piece of furniture…we had some great results and will be running another short, two day course in the autumn. Will let you know the details soon!

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Will leave you with some pics of the creations from our weekend course with Laura Lees.


Freehand machine embroidery pieces ready to be attached and upholstered



Three of the finished pieces

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