Craft Focus - December 2021/January 2022 (Issue 88)

10 Captain Sir Tom Moore inspires donation of £60,000 by Bachmann Europe On Thursday 9th September 2021, Bachmann Europe visited the GB Railfreight/ EMD Roberts Road Rail Maintenance Depot in Doncaster where Class 66 No. 66731 Capt. Tom Moore was in residence. Earlier this year the Bachmann Collectors Club released its Pride of Britain Train Pack, celebrating the astonishing fundraising achievements of Captain Sir Tom Moore and honouring the outstanding efforts of the NHS and all key workers during the Covid-19 pandemic. During the visit Bachmann presented a cheque for £60,000 which will be donated to NHS Charities Together, and a presentation was conducted by Keith Thomas, Financial Controller for Bachmann Europe Plc and Paul Matthews, Head of Locomotives for GB Railfreight. Those Club members who purchased a Pride of Britain Train Pack when they were first released were entered into a prize draw to win a guided tour of the Roberts Road Depot and the lucky winner, Mr Denis Armstrong, was also in attendance to receive his prize. The Pride of Britain Train Pack has been produced in N and OO scale (with a Sound Fitted option in OO scale) and each pack includes a Class 66/7 locomotive No. 66731 Capt. Tom Moore in GB Railfreight’s ‘Thank You NHS’ livery and two Easy Model 1:72 scale aircraft – Hurricane LF363 and Spitfire MK356 – portraying the two aircraft that performed a flypast for Captain Tom on his 100th birthday. A limited number of each pack remains available, and these can be purchased now directly from the Bachmann Collectors Club. ACID logo competition winner announced Anti-Copying in Design is delighted to announce that Em Royston, designer, creator and owner of Chasing Threads, is the winner of the recent ACID Logo Competition – designed to raise awareness about the importance of high-profile ways of displaying the ‘Member of Anti Copying in Design’ logo. The ACID logo aims to communicate a powerful an anti-copying message to all, through the strong ACID brand of deterrence against theft and Em rose to the challenge by designing and making her fantastic, customised laptop sleeve - stitched with her interpretation of the ‘Member of ACID’ logo that she proudly displays on her website as a show of force against copying. A delighted Em Royston said: “Not Entering the ACID logo competition wasn’t an option having used so many of the membership benefits over the last few months, after discovering copies of my products. The Intellectual Property I create is so important and my hand-stitched logo is a visual representation of the time and effort it takes to protect original ideas. I will be proudly displaying this image on my website and hope it will act as a deterrent for future design theft.” Em was recently featured in an ACID member focus. No stranger to her innovative designs being ripped off, ACID had also shared information about a successful takedown of a knock-off design on Etsy here. Sadly, Em’s copying issues are ongoing, with ACID CEO, Dids Macdonald intervening in an open letter to over clear copying of Em’s products. CEO Dids Macdonald, OBE said: “Em is one of hundreds of small creative companies continually copied so we are absolutely committed to working closely with her to help resolve her ongoing dispute and will post future updates as and when they occur. I want to reach out to design creatives everywhere to support her in this latest battle”. Crafter’s TV Welcomes Two New Craft Experts Crafter’s TV, the live digital channel dedicated to crafting and run by Crafter’s Companion, is welcoming two new craft experts. Michelle McCarthy joins the team as the latest craft expert and Becky Sworn is joining as a specialist soft craft expert. Both Michelle and Becky will demonstrate craft techniques and inspiring makes live on air alongside the channel’s existing craft experts and presenters Becky Redican, Joe Remblance and Ben Moseby. Both bring with them decades of crafting experience and creativity. New soft craft expert Michelle comes to the role following a number of years on the Crafter’s Companion design team creating card and craft samples for onair shows. After getting into craft 13 years ago via a card making kit, she’s now a dedicated papercrafter with an in-depth knowledge of Crafter’s Companion tools and materials, particularly the Gemini die cutting and embossing machine. Jeni Santillo, Head of Broadcast Operations, said: “We’re so thrilled to welcome not one but two new craft experts to the team. It will be so exciting to share their talent, ability and creativity with our Crafter’s TV Community!”