York Design Week

“You never change anything by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the old model obsolete.” Buckminster Fuller

This week, we have the pleasure of speaking at York Design Week. I (Mandy) was born in York and grew up on the coast of Scarborough, 40 minutes away. I regularly visit York to see my family and it has a very special place in my heart. It is a joy to be asked to be part of this. So many incredible things are happening in the programme, check it out here: https://www.yorkdesignweek.com/

Much needed in these times of challenges, York Design Week are bringing together change makers, pioneers, activists and creatives all doing what they can to fight for a better world.

Lecture in Progress feature

We have been featured in Lecture In Progress. It was great to sit down and write the Sail story for this interview. It’s always positive to take time away from the doing, sit and reflect on how we have come to be here today, the work involved and the people and orgs that have been a big part of that. 🌍❤️

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Design Activism

Last night I had the pleasure of speaking to the wonderful Ladies Wine and Design community in Newcastle: A monthly salon night connecting creatives in the North East of England. My talk theme was ‘Design for Good’, with donations going to my choice of charity – the Angelou Centre. The Angelou Centre is a black-led women’s centre based in Newcastle upon Tyne. They support black women, children and women of colour locally, from training and development to fighting to end violence – their work is incredibly important.

It was an inspiring evening where we got to chat all things social change, inspiring content, recommended reading and how we can make change using our skills as creatives. Shout out to everyone on the call, please do keep in touch!

By Mandy Barker

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“Values before profit”: The design studio born from £800 and the desire to make a difference

Thank you to Chloe from Bdaily for such an accurate representation of our interview. A needed thing to read reminding me of Sails journey, considering the current uncertain climate. It’s a time where we will be forced to reprioritise, super important in times like this to go back to your values, and purpose. Look after each other. Strength, solidarity and social change. Sail has been a long climb. 

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Fishing into the Future

A recent project in collaboration with photographer Joanne Coates, Fishing into the Future showcases stories of those in the fishing communities, working hard to make a living.

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