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Sidetracked Magazine | Volume 30 | The Art of the Journey
Sidetracked Magazine | Volume 30 | The Art of the Journey
Sidetracked Magazine | Volume 30 | The Art of the Journey
Sidetracked Magazine

Sidetracked Magazine | Volume 30 | The Art of the Journey

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For those who believe that the way in which we do things is important, adventure can be art. Taking a slower path, telling personal stories, giving a voice to the marginalised, treading softly, creating something of lasting value – these all matter, but they can be hard.

This volume of Sidetracked is a special 10-year anniversary edition. Michal Lukaszewicz and Karolina Gawonicz travel by canoe across the Barren Lands of Canada in search of a century-old cache, guided only by a few faded photos. Cat Vinton returns to her Moken friends in the Mergui Archipelago to witness how they navigate a changing world – and her mission is a highly personal one, not a commercial project. And art can sometimes be literal. David Popa uses natural materials and shifting, impermanent landscapes – such as ice floes – to create extraordinary portraits that sometimes last only minutes.

The stories in Volume 30 seek to contribute something of lasting value to the world, going far beyond furthests and fastests. Adventure as art.

Bellwoods Lifestyle Store brings together a collection of planet friendly, design-led and cool things for you, your home and your life.

There's nothing better than being able to see and touch beautiful objects and our bricks and mortar shop on the North East Coast of England has been designed as a calm space filled with positivity and joy in mind.

We try to emulate this feeling into our website too. Each maker and item in the shop has a modern, well-made design with strong ethical credentials and is selected to feel like it belongs next to the other. 

We work with well-known brands such as Bloomingville, Broste Copenhagen, The Poster Club, OYOY Living Design and Aykasa, as well as independent designers from the UK and around the world. 

We are working to become plastic free and waste free and re-use everything we can to reduce our impact on the environment - we plant a tree with every online order through ecologi. We're pro-active in supporting our local community too, having raised money for a different charity each month (sometimes we donate to two a month!) We're a drop off point for the East End Women Food Bank and host monthly pop up shops with local, independent makers, giving them a physical retail space and shop window to showcase their work and connect with a new audience. 

 

Bellwoods Lifestyle Store Founder, Nathalie

 

Bellwoods is independently owned and operated by Nathalie, a former retail manager and visual merchandiser.

"I (Nathalie) spent most of my 20s living in Toronto. While I was there, I worked in merchandising and operation management for big retail brands like Urban Outfitters, and small independent shops too. I got so inspired by the vibrant indie shop scene in the city, and dreamt of having my own shop - it’s actually probably the only thing I’ve ever wanted to do.

I finally made it happen in a furlough “now or never” moment in 2020, and I started a shop on my spare room shelves. I wanted the shop to be about Lifestyle - offering design-led and planet friendly things for you, your home, and you life. Things from brands you know and love, and from designers you’re yet to know and love.

Bellwoods Lifestyle Store is affectionately named after Trinity Bellwoods Park in the centre of Toronto, where I spent so many summer days. I wanted to bring a bit of my inspiration and experience to our peachy haven by the sea in Whitley Bay.

We love our home, being surrounded by so many other small businesses and a wonderful community. Whitley Bay is really a special place"

Visit us at 94 Park View, Whitley Bay, NE26 3QL 7 days a week (please check our social media pages for any unforeseen closures) or select something you love at Bellwoods Online.

Bellwoods Lifestyle Store shop front in January 2023

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