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Here's what the Bounceback Food team have been up to!

Here’s everything you need to know about Episodes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 & 7!

Episode 1

Overview

This episode focuses on Mexico and Sri Lanka. First, we hear from Bounceback’s founder, Duncan about the inspiration behind book 2 and the range of artists involved. Our host, Miriam, then talks to one of our artists, Michael, about his work at Sketchbook Design and how he prepares for commissions for murals. He also discusses how he views the world in words and illustrations. Moving onto his inspiration for his work for Bounceback, Michael talks about the warmth and vibrancy of Mexican culture. Two of our interns, Polly and Taina give us some fun facts about this episode’s featured countries and Miriam introduces us to Neluni who gives us some fascinating insights into Sri Lankan traditions, cricket and food! Neluni talks about the diversity of food in Sri Lanka and how this is reflected in their traditional comfort food.

Listen now: available via Spotify, Apple Podcasts and YouTube.

Secrets Shared:

  • We’ve started working on our second recipe book, Secret Dishes From Around the World 2.
  • The book brings together a diverse selection of artists from Greater Manchester, Cheshire and North Wales to create pieces which celebrates diversity, food and community.
  • Find out how Michael found working on an enormous new commission.
  • Michael spills his process for tackling new murals and his process for researching new places for his range of cities prints.
  • Michael talks about being a Breaking Bad fan catapulted his career.
  • ‘In this day and age no one should be hungry’ [16:09].
  • Discover the inspiration behind the motto: las penas con pan son menos.
  • Mexican artists can pay their taxes in a unique way!
  • Find out why you shouldn’t shake your head in Sri Lanka.
  • It’s not uncommon for people in Sri Lanka to have 11 names.
  • Neluni reveals how Sri Lankan food is tied to its people.
  • We reveal how our book’s artwork is inspired by a moreish Sri Lankan snack!
  • Neluni discusses how tea is more important to Sri Lankan’s than water.
  • Miriam finds out about Vesak and the importance of food and community.
  • Neluni paints a picture of paradise in Sri Lanka, where it’s Summer all year round.

Where to Find it:

The Interviewees

Michael Wylie

Founder of Sketchbook Design, Michael is a typographer who works to produce artwork and prints which take inspiration from popular culture and locations around the world.

Website: www.sketchbookdesign.co.uk

Instagram: @sketchbookdesign_uk

Facebook www.facebook.com/sketchbookdesignuk

Neluni Tillekeratne

Neluni is a postgraduate student at the University of Birmingham. She plans on taking this qualification in Governance to bring a fresh perspective to the Sri Lankan government, where she wants to see equality of opportunity across race and religion.

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/neluni-tillekeratne/

Instagram: @neluni_tillekeratne

Sponsor:

Love Ng Yoga & Pilates

Website: https://lovengyogapilates.com/

Instagram:@loveng_yoga

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Episode 2

Overview

This episode focuses on Italy and Japan. First, we get an update from Bounceback’s founder, Duncan about the inception of Bounceback Food CIC, our goals and expanding the ‘buy one, give one’ model. Our host, Miriam, then talks to one the Secret Dishes From Around the World 2 artists, Bernice Tackley, about what drives her passion for art, her studio and work, and her experience on BBC2’s Show me the Monet. Bernice gives us an insight into different paints, canvases and styles! Two of our Bounceback interns, Esther and Nuala give us some fun facts about this episode’s featured countries and Miriam introduces us to Akemi who gives us an insight into growing up in Japan, New Years Eve and associated celebrations. Akemi introduces us to the traditions of cherry blossom and Obon week which celebrate community, food and art in Japan. 

Listen now: available via Spotify, Apple Podcasts and YouTube.

Secrets Shared: 

  • How TOMS shoes inspired Bounceback’s ‘buy one, give one’ model. 
  • Expanding the model beyond foodbanks has brought people together through food and cooking. 
  • Bernice reveals the inspiration behind her career choice.  
  • Find out how her studio surroundings influence her work.
  • Bernice discusses the intricacies of creating a mural across several panels. 
  • Discover her connection to HRH the Duke of Kent.
  • Miriam finds out about Bernice’s experience winning a BBC2 show!
  • Bernice explains the ins and outs of pointillism. 
  • Excited by the allocation of Italy, Bernice reveals the inspiration behind her artwork, Viva Italia.
  • Miriam and Bernice reflect on the diversity of English cuisine. 
  • ‘This is going to be a collectors book for cooks, travellers, artists and art lovers!’ [22:42]
  • Find out why the Italian flag is red, white and green!
  • Discover why you should slurp your noodles in Japan.
  • Akemi discusses what it’s like to grow up in a big Japanese household.
  • From fried noodles to chocolate bananas, Akemi reveals traditional Japanese New Year’s snacks! 
  • Miriam discovers that the celebration of cherry blossoms ends within a week!
  • Akemi explains Obon week which is founded in the Buddhist belief that the ancestor’s spirit returns to the home.

Where to Find it: 

The Interviewees

Bernice Tackley

Bernice is a fine artist from Northwich, Cheshire. She works mainly with acrylics or watercolours on canvas and paper. 

Website: http://www.dianabernicetackley.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BerniceTackley

Instagram: @bernicetackley

Akemi Watanabe 

Akemi grew up, lives and works in an international school in Yokohama, Japan about an hour’s train ride from Tokyo. She loves to sing and enjoys speaking with people from other countries! 

To find out more email our bounceback team [email protected]

Sponsor:

Bounceback Education

Website: https://bouncebackeducation.co.uk/

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Episode 3

Overview

This episode focuses on Spain and Thailand! First, we get an update from Bounceback Food CIC’s founder, Duncan about the launch of our latest crowdfunder. Our host, Miriam, then talks to one of our artists, Victoria, about art during lockdown and how she created art packs to continue to inspire the people she works with. Victoria discusses how she creates texture, movement and emotion in her pieces and her process for creating her work. Two of our Bounceback interns, Amy and Helena give us some fun facts about this episode’s featured countries and Miriam introduces us to Sawat who gives us some insight into Thai cooking. Sawat reflects on his farm to table approach, and how the pandemic has left him with an abundance of chillies! 

Listen now: available via Spotify, Apple Podcasts and YouTube.

Secrets Shared: 

  • Get an insight into our latest crowdfunder!
  • Find out how Victoria adapted her art workshops to lockdown life. 
  • Victoria reveals how her artwork sticks to traditional methods. 
  • Discover how emotions can be conveyed through portraiture. 
  • Moving away from traditional methods, Victoria discusses incorporating bitumen into her works.
  • Victoria talks about the pressure of competing in the Manchester Art Battle. 
  • Discover the dancer influence behind Victoria’s artwork.
  • Victoria reveals her process for designing and creating her work. 
  • Find out how Victoria’s time at the Sandbach Art Room led her to Bounceback!
  • Spaniards eat 12 grapes on New Year’s Eve! 
  • Don’t touch anyone else’s head in Thailand!
  • Sawat gives us an insight into Thai cooking. 
  • Discover how Sawat encourages a farm to table approach with his cookery school.
  • Find out how many chillies are recommended for an authentic Thai curry. 
  • Sawat talks us through his typical day. 
  • ‘I like cooking because I like eating of course!’ 
  • The cookery school allows Sawat to marry his passion for farming with cooking. 
  • Thai new year celebrates cooking, family and community.
  • Sawat describes farming as his form of art. 

Where to Find it: 

The Interviewees

Victoria Rebekah 

Victoria is a traditional artist based in Sandbach, Cheshire. She teaches art to home educated children and young adults with autism. 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/victoriasartspace

Instagram: @VictoriasArtStudio and @VictoriasArtClasses

Sawat 

Sawat is the owner, farmer and cookery school instructor at the Thai Farm Cooking School in Chiang Mai. He got his experience as a chef at different restaurants and during the time he was a trekking guide, he noticed tourists were really interested in helping to prepare food with him in the evening. 

Instagram: @ThaiFarmCookingSchool

Website: http://thaifarmcooking.net/home/#.X1dOMNNKgbk

Email: [email protected] 

Sponsor:

Bounceback Education

Website: https://bouncebackeducation.co.uk/

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Episode 4

Overview

On the podcast this week host Miriam Rendell speaks to artist Emily Gibbs, who created the artwork for the New Zealand section of Secret Dishes From Around the World 2. There’s an interview with Bounceback’s in-house graphic designer Peter Lang, who created an original design for the Argentinian section of the book, plus we find out how Bounceback Food CIC are adapting their social enterprise to meet the challenges of COVID-19.

Listen now: available via Spotify, Apple Podcasts and YouTube.

Secrets shared:

  • Duncan discusses doing classes online and pledging 5 million licences to charity partners for our new Cooking & Nutrition Portal.
  • Peter Lang talks about the variety of freelance work.
  • He also discusses the differences of working in print and digital app design.
  • Peter goes into detail about how his work with Bounceback Food has developed over the years and the work he has done with Bounceback Education.
  • Miriam and Peter also discuss how life has changed as a result of Covid-19, getting into DIY and his love of cinema.
  • They also discuss Christmas dinner, shopping locally and his cooking aspirations.
  • Peter talks about how he developed artwork for book 2.
  • Artist Emily Gibbs discusses her love of manga and anime.
  • She talks about how many of her visual cues are taken from punk and goth culture and how cinema influences her work.
  • Emily goes into detail about how narrative and character development is a key part of her practice.
  • She explains how her artwork for New Zealand was inspired by Maori beliefs and folklore.

Where to Find it: 

The Interviewees

Peter Lang

Peter Lang is a freelance graphic designer and artist. His work covers a myriad of platforms and he has been working with Bounceback Food CIC since 2014.

Website: https://peterdoesdesign.co.uk/

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/langwpeter

Emily Gibbs

Emily is based in Conwy, North Wales. She draws inspiration from both Japanese Anime and Manga as well as Punk and Metal music.

Contact: [email protected]

Sponsor:

PIE: Pursuing Individual Excellence

Website: www.pieuk.org

Episode 5

Overview

This week on Share Your Secrets we hear from Sam Tomson, a Manchester-based graphic designer and illustrator who created the artwork for the Peruvian section of Secret Dishes From Around the World 2. There’s an interview with Bounceback’s head chef Josh Rea, who also completed the food photography for the book in lockdown, plus Bounceback Food CIC’s founder Duncan Swainsbury discusses how the social enterprise is running online Secret Dishes From Around the World cook-alongs.

Listen now: available via Spotify, Apple Podcasts and YouTube.

Secrets shared:

  • Find out how our head chef ended up at Bounceback!
  • Working with Bounceback, Josh enjoys ‘getting to spend time with loads of really lovely people!’
  • Josh tells us how he’s been able to use his passion for photography in his work for our second recipe book.
  • Discover what inspired Josh to become a chef!
  • Josh shares the most memorable moments of delivering the cookery workshops.
  • We get an insight into how Josh adapts the workshops to meet the needs of Stroke survivors.
  • Find out Josh’s process for creating workshops based on countries from around the world!
  • Peruvians have invented almost every single weaving technique!
  • Eritreans bump shoulders to greet each other!
  • Discover how Sam’s love for doodling gave way to his career as an artist.
  • Sam shares how rave culture has influenced his work.
  • Find out how art can be a negotiation.
  • Miriam talks to Sam about his process for 36 days of type during lockdown.
  • ‘We’ve seen the best and the worst of people!’
  • Sam reveals his connection to Josh!
  • Discover Sam’s process for researching, designing and creating his Peruvian artwork!

Where to Find it: 

The Interviewees

Samuel Tomson

Sam is a graphic designer and illustrator based in Manchester. Mainly self-taught, he discovered design after completing a Sociology degree. His work is rooted in and informed by music which has led to producing rave flyers and record artwork for a range of clients and labels.

Instagram: @Samuel.tomsky

Sponsor:

Bounceback Books

Instagram: @BouncebackBooks

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Episode 6

Overview

On the podcast this week we hear from Felix Padilla, founder of Simply Trini Cooking. There’s also an interview with Jack Whitelegg, a Manchester-based graphic designer who created the artwork for the Lebanese section of Secret Dishes From Around the World 2, plus we find out about Bounceback Food CIC’s Ultimate Cookalong Giveaway competition!

Listen now: available via Spotify, Apple Podcasts and YouTube.

Secrets Shared: 

  • Win copies of both recipe books, a ticket to one of our online cookalongs for your entire household, plus 12 months membership to our cooking and nutrition portal. 
  • Enter via our social media channels by 11th October 2020.
  • Jack reveals how he got into pet portraiture!
  • Find out how a leaflet turned into an artistic opportunity.
  • Jack reveals the origins of the word okay and how this inspired the branding for his creative agency.
  • Miriam talks to Jack about the uncertainty of post-uni life in the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic.
  • Discover how social media led Jack to Bounceback.
  • Jack discusses what inspired his phoenix artwork.  
  • Lebanon has 16 bank holidays a year!
  • Discover where the limbo was invented.
  • Tobago is absolutely tiny! 
  • Felix shares how Simply Trini Cooking reflects his journey into food. 
  • Miriam finds out how Felix’s love for cooking emerged.
  • Felix discusses the evolution of his cooking blog and how the experience has changed. 
  • Discover how Trinidadian dishes celebrate the diversity of the world!
  • Felix reveals the best Trinidadian dishes. 
  • Find out where to get all the best products in Trinidad. 
  • Felix talks about how impressive the carnival costumes are!
  • Miriam finds out all about carnival culture and food. 
  • Felix talks about how the idea for his book came about.

Where to Find it: 

The Interviewees

Jack Whitelegg

Jack is a graphic designer based in Manchester and co-founder of OK Creative. Jack’s worked on all sorts of projects thanks to his agency which supports a growing client base across Greater Manchester and the surrounding areas. 

Website: https://okcreative.agency/

Instagram: @jackwhitelegg.design

Instagram: @okcreative.agency

Felix Padilla

Felix is the founder of Simply Trini Cooking. Simply Trini Cooking provides a comprehensive overview for anyone looking to try out Trinidadian recipes. He’s been blogging for more than 12 years! He’s now published his recipes in a book. 

Website: https://www.simplytrinicooking.com/

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Episode 7

Overview

This week on Share Your Secrets we hear from Natalija Stolarova, a Manchester-based artist and illustrator who created the artwork for the Tunisian section of Secret Dishes From Around the World 2Bounceback Food CIC’s founder Duncan Swainsbury discusses how they adapted their Social Enterprise Internship Programme this year and two of the students who participated share their experiences!

Listen now: available via Spotify, Apple Podcasts and YouTube.

Secrets Shared:

  • Duncan talks us through the annual Social Enterprise Internship Programme and how it ran remotely this year. 22 interns from across the UK had the opportunity to attend Zoom meetings and work on various projects including marketing, events, publishing and recipe development over two weeks!
  • Find out how Natalija started her art career and her signature artistic style.
  • Natalija talks about her print work in connection with the Black Lives Matter movement and how she is donating her profits to The Black Curriculum, a social enterprise.
  • Find out how Natalija got involved with Bounceback Food, from her love of food to helping other people!
  • Natalija tells us about the signature Russian dish she would cook for other people: pancakes with mushroom stuffing.
  • Discover Natalija’s artistic process when designing her Tunisian inspired artwork for Secret Dishes From Around the World 2, which embodied Tunisian national colours and dance traditions.
  • Cous cous is the national dish of Tunisia!
  • Find out about the richest man in history from Mali!
  • James Blinkhorn created the artwork for the Mali section of Secret Dishes From Around the World 2. He took inspiration from an imagined river boat trip among the Niger.
  • Hear from Laura and Esther, two University of Birmingham students who took part in the Social Enterprise Internship Programme! Discover how the interns got involved with Bounceback Food and what they enjoyed the most about the internship.
  • Ellie and Laura discuss the importance of social enterprises like Bounceback Food.

Where to find it:

The interviewees:

Natalija Stolarova

Natalija is an artist from Latvia who specialises in print making and stop motion animation. She takes inspiration from narrative pieces and folklore to create ‘weird and wonderful’ art!

Website: https://www.nstillustration.co.uk/

Instagram: @nstillustration

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/nstillustration/

Laura

Laura was one of the interns on our 2020 Social Enterprise Internship Programme. Laura is going into her final of University and is studying Sport and Exercise Sciences.

Esther 

Esther was another one of the interns who took part in our Social Enterprise Internship Programme. She has just started the 2nd year of her Maths and Philosophy degree.

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