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Creative Craft Classes – Meet The Makers – Urban Magpie and Onetenzeroseven

We’re really loving our Creative Craft Classes over at Our Handmade Collective. We’ve had some excellent students, laughing, chatting, drinking tea and eating cake and we hope lots more will join us soon! This month we’re welcoming Zoe and Sophie, two of our resident makers, to teach us a thing or two!

Zoe from Urban Magpie – Recycled Jewellery Making | 26th April – Call 0113 418 2304 to book

Upcycling Jewellery Class

I’m Zoë Mitchell, a Southerner who defected to Leeds for about 15 yrs ago. My husband & I have a 4 year old son, and I work part-time as a retail interior planner. I make my jewellery from home in my spare time, and enjoy the break it gives me from working with AutoCAD. Most of my making is actually done once our son is tucked up in bed, but occasionally he acts as my studio assistant by helping me out when I’m taking product photos!

Recycling Jewellery Workshop, Leeds

How did you first get involved in making your craft?

I studied Fine Art at University in Leicester, which is were I became interested in mixed media art and 3D collage. Years later, and my jewellery making has at its heart the idea of jewellery as tiny, wearable mixed-media artworks. I’m interested in recycling and upcycling objects which have a patina of age and use, a back-story, or a historical resonance. I enjoy the fiddly process of making and the challenge of working with different materials which wouldn’t normally be associated with jewellery. I always need a creative outlet, but importantly jewellery-making is creative activity which is easy to pack away at the end of the day!

What made you decide to take the leap to start selling your work?

Initially I started by making necklaces as Christmas presents for my family, which were recycled from old charity shop-bought jewellery. Friends & family started commissioning me to make more pieces & word got around. That’s how Urban Magpie was born as a brand.

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What are you most looking forward to about running your workshop?

Until Claire from OHC asked me if I’d be interesting in running a workshop, I’d never considered it before. I recently held an informal trial-run workshop in my kitchen with a few friends to figure out how it would work. We had a chilled-out, sociable evening & my friends loved having the chance to get creative and try out different techniques. Everyone went home with truly personal finished pieces. One of my friends created a beautiful pair of rings which were recycled from her Gran’s favourite clip on-earrings.

I’m most looking forward to meeting the group and seeing what pieces people bring along to recycle, the stories behind them and what new treasures they’ll turn them into.

Sophie from Onetenzeroseven – Blogging For Creative Businesses | 23rd April – Call 0113 418 2304 to book

Blogging Workshop, Leeds

My name is Sophie and I’m a born and bred Yorkshire lass! I live in the outskirts of the city centre with my musician boyfriend and my crazy rescue dog, Frank.
I run my own business, full time, designing fun jewellery & accessories for the young at heart and documenting my business journey, sharing advice and showing you my favourite things on my Lifestyle Blog. I also blog professionally for a couple of other brands as well as right here on the Our Handmade Collective blog!

How did you first get involved in making your craft?

I actually remember the day I discovered Etsy… it was during an intense moment of boredom at my old job. I thought all the handmade pieces for sale were beautiful, but what really intrigued me was the idea of making something myself from the endless craft supplies that were also available to buy.

Business Workshops in Leeds

What made you decide to take the leap to start selling your work?

I was going to New York on holiday and I thought it would be a great idea to make some extra pocket money by selling the endless things I’d made as a hobby, but starting to sell things was never really a big deal for me; When I made the decision to become a business, that was scary! I really wanted something that I could pour my heart and soul into and have full control over. Each job I had previously left me frustrated that no one was interested in my endless stream of ideas and I struggled with a full time job due to my mental health affecting my physical health – an issue I know many fellow crafters share. Now I love every day at work, even when I’m stressed and overwhelmed it’s in a good way and I treasure that!

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What are you most looking forward to about running your workshop?

Ooh, definitely having an evening where I can chat about business to other creative folk over a cup of tea – something I just absolutely love to do. I’m excited about being able to share what I’ve learned to the next generation of creatives, as I learned from the ones before me, so I hope to run a lot of different business related talks – To pass the creative torch!

We also have Claudia from Kitsch-ina’s workshop, Vintage Inspired Half Pinny on 26th April. To get to know a bit more about Claudia, read her interview here.

To book onto Recycled Jewellery Making, Blogging For Creative Businesses, Vintage Inspired Half Pinny or to view our other Creative Craft Classes, pop in store or call 0113 418 2304.

See you there x

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Creative Craft Classes – 12th March 2015

Today we’re welcoming Chloe and Lucy, two of our resident makers, to the blog to get to know a little bit more about them and find out what fun happenings will be part of their workshops at our brand new Creative Craft Classes starting this month.

Chloe from Life’s Big Canvas – Origami For Card Making | 12th March – Book here!

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My mission is to make the whole world a playful place, and to encourage creativity, even in the most mundane places and stubborn people. I started by painting animals, but now I mainly fold paper.

I create whimsical items for the child within – whether it’s a simple badge, a notebook made with a book cover you remember as a child, or something you can’t believe was ever once a piece of paper – I am fascinated by how something flat like paper can become three dimensional with a few folds.

Life’s Big Canvas has been a part of the independent retail scene in Leeds for the last three years, being involved in shops, fairs, workshops and galleries. I will always continues to experiment and play daily, wherever I am.

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How did you first get involved in making your craft?

I started making stuff five years ago, and it was mainly jewellery, but then one january I started making origami boxes for putting the jewellery into, and just got obsessed with paper. I still do other stuff, but it’s the paper that always stays around.

What made you decide to take the leap to start selling your work?

I had no other choice, unfortunately. I was signed off work with sickness, and my sick pay ran out – the doctor said I wasn’t well enough to work, but the DWP said I was, so the Job Centre suggested I take self-employment credit (a scheme that I’m not sure if it still runs or not) and that got things moving. That makes it sound like it’s not a dream or a love, but I think I would have got to this point eventually, I was just pushed a bit sooner.

Origami Workshop, Leeds

What’s your favourite thing about running a workshop or class?

I used to run the Paper Folding Workshop at Inkwell in Chapel Allerton every month. I really enjoy sharing my knowledge and seeing people see forms come out of their flat paper. The realisation in people’s faces when you get the that point where suddenly you can see what it’s meant to be is priceless!

Lucy from George & Lilly – Make A Felted Picture | 12th March – Book Here!

Felted Picture Workshop

I work from a small studio in my house, I’m a trained graphic designer but currently work at a printers part time. Im originally from Wiltshire but have been living in Leeds for 6 years with my husband and 3 cats. I enjoy anything creative although my passion is obviously feltmaking, DIY and gardening.

How did you first get involved in making your craft?

Though a trained graphic designer I’ve always been interested in textiles, arts and crafts. While at university I lived with a lot of design & crafts students and was very jealous of everything they were creating in their lessons.  I started using craft felt but found it very thin, I found out I could make thicker felt from wool so after going to a couple of evening classes I started making my own and things have evolved from there.

George&Lilly Workshop, Leeds

What made you decide to take the leap to start selling your work?

After selling a few things to friend and family I decided to start doing craft fairs to see if my products would sell well with the public.  I enjoy selling my items to the public as it’s nice to hear first hand feedback and see people enjoy what I have made.

What’s your favourite thing about running a workshop or class?

Ive run many workshops before; I love seeing what designs people come up with. Even the most uncreative person can come up with  fantastic piece of felt art!!

To book onto Make A Felted Picture, Origami For Card Making or to view our other Creative Craft Classes, pop along to this link or call 0113 2443454

See you there x

Mistletoe, Mince Pies & Mulled Wine!

There are only 62 days until Christmas!! Don’t panic, if you haven’t started Christmas shopping yet, we’re waiting for you at Our Handmade Collective.

Even better, we’re going to make the task FUN. Bucket loads of our sellers will be in attendance on 30th October wearing daft Christmas jumpers and handing out Mince Pies & Mulled Wine. You can even kiss your sweetie under the Mistletoe.

If that’s not enough to tempt you, how about 10% off hundreds of products in store for one night only? Handmade, unique and a bargain. Why, you might just get all your presents in one go!

Handmade Christmas Shopping Event

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On the night we’ll be announcing the winners of the Box of Delights raffle! Get your ticket in store now for just £1. Proceeds go towards saving the beautiful clock in our Grand Arcade and restore it to it’s former glory.

As well as being an unmissable night, our festive party marks the start of our Christmas opening hours. We’ll be open SEVEN DAYS A WEEK and for those who can’t stomach weekend shopping, you can pop in after work on a Thursday until 8pm!

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If you’re at a complete loss for what to buy your loved ones this Christmas, you’re in luck! Our staff are experts at gift giving and will be more than happy to help you pick out the greatest gift you’ve given yet. We even offer gift wrap from £1.50. If you really can’t decide, give the gift of choice with our gift vouchers available in store! You could only get a better service from Santa himself! 😉

Don’t forget your Christmas jumper at the event, there’s a prize for the best one! See you at the shop x

Thank You for a Fabulous Weekend!

Thanks to everybody who came and joined in our first birthday celebrations last weekend. We had so much fun and it was so lovely to see the Grand Arcade buzzing with excitement.

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We really enjoyed seeing some of our favourite customers and meeting so many new faces. We hope you found the perfect gift in our shop and that you will spread the word about us to your friends. NatShop(Co-founder Natalie outside the shop – above)  cakemontage (Our yummy birthday cake! – above)natandclaire(Both co-founders Claire and Natalie raising a glass to celebrate our very successful first year of trading – above).

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We also really appreciate the support that we have received from Leeds-List, as Independent retailers we need a big voice! Their latest feature on us is here, and as ever is a great read – thanks again guys! http://leeds-list.com/style/independent-leeds-our-handmade-collective/

You are invited to Our Birthday Bash!

We cannot believe it but Our Handmade Collective is almost one year old! On 14th June we will have been trading as a collective for exactly one year. So to celebrate we are having a party and you are all invited!

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Workshops and Demonstrations (12noon – 3pm):

Chloe from Life’s Big Canvas will be helping you to make an origami shirt, just like these on her Father’s Day cards (see photo below). This activity is free to participate in but any donations to the Grand Clock Fund would be gratefully received.

Sarah from Button Bears by Gifted With Love will be showing you how to make a mini bear keyring  (cost £1 with 25p from each bear going to Grand Clock Fund).

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Grand Prize Raffle:

There is also a Raffle with a Grand Prize of over £250 of handmade creations. You can buy your tickets for £1 from the shop in Grand Arcade, Leeds. All proceeds will be going to the Grand Clock Fund to restore the Animated Clock in Grand Arcade. The winning ticket will be drawn at our Birthday Bash!

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Caption Competition:

You can also enter our caption competition by clicking here to go to our Facebook page and enter your comment.

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Decorate a Deerhead Competition:

You can decide how you would decorate one of Oh Deer’s deer heads and what you would call your creation. Enter our competition in store to see your deer head made and win a gift voucher. Be sure to enter before the 6th June!!

Oh Deer will also be allowing a generous 20% discount on any deer heads purchased during our Birthday weekend!

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In just one year we have gone from strength to strength and expanded from the original 19 sellers to nearly 55 of us now! That is down to you and your lovely comments and support – Many Thanks.

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Hope to see you at the Birthday Bash – bring a friend or the family and have fun in the Grand Arcade, Leeds Saturday 14th June. Or if you are in Leeds on Sunday 15th June to watch the #SkyRide then pop by and get a last minute Father’s Day gift.

Hope to see you soon x

Spring is in the air!

What a beautiful warm Spring evening!

Here are a few photos of some beautiful spring coloured gifts for sale in our shop.

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Ted and Co Handmade (above)

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Kitsch-ina (above)

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Handmade by Natalie (above)

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Mothersaid (above)

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Littel Gems  (above)

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Punto Belle (above)

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Jil Made This (above)

We have a lovely wonderland of gifts waiting for you to buy for your loved ones. Including these cute bits of fun from our latest seller Lisa’s Little Fairy Doors (below).

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A Lot of Love at Our Re-Launch

Thank you to everybody who came down to our re-launch party on Saturday 27th March. We cut the ribbon on our new premises and welcomed you all in with a glass of fizz and music from fabulous local band Weave.

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It was great to see everybody and to get so many lovely comments about the new space. We also have added some great new designers taking us to over 55 talented sellers all stocking our shelves with their fantastic creations.

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We felt a lot of love at our relaunch and to celebrate we’ve photographed some of the LOVEly LOVEhearts we have for you to buy for your LOVEd ones!!

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Detty Marie Ceramics

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George and Lilly

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Hello Sweet Thing

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Jil Made This

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Kitsch-ina

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Made By Marianne

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Milson May

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Bottoms-Up Nappy Cakes

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Natalie Breeze Designs

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I-Candy Designs

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Rose Cottage Crafts

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Red Rat Designs

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SeaBreeze Designs

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Tina Green Glass

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The Monster Project

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The Wilsons.

We would LOVE to see you soon. You can see more photographs of the new shop on our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.620785867990463.1073741912.468550746547310&type=3

Our new opening hours are Tues-Sun 10:30am-6:00pm.

Mother’s Day Gifts

We have a lot of new gifts in the shop from our makers ready for Mother’s Day. But what should you get her to make her feel special? How about….

Flowers…

Instead of getting your mum a bunch of flowers that will only last a few days, why not get her a cute crocheted pot plant decoration (with matching card) that she can keep forever! Designed and made locally by Rose Cottage Crafts.

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Or quirky kitsch rings upcycled by Urban Magpie from old china flowers decorations.

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Jewellery…..

Why not treat her to some unique handmade jewellery. We have stunning silver crafted by Seabreeze Designs,

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and lovely sea glass carefully made into unique items by Shedplay.

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Food….

If your mum is a real foodie then why not get her some delicious Harrogate Preserves, Handmade chocolates from Chocolate Chest or sweets from Hello Sweet Thing

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or a wooden board from Gourmet Food Boards.gfboards

or a stylish apron handmade by Kitsch-ina that is too beautiful just to wear in the kitchen!

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Fashion and Accessories….

Does your mum always want to look her best? How about a handmade bag that is unique by Made by Marianne.

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or something from vintage fabrics by Natalie Breeze designs

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We have lots of beautiful handmade bags including this bright range by Punto Belle

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Also stunning range of gadget cosies from Urban Fox

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Bath and Beauty…

Colourful bath salts from Blue Butterfly

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or handmade natural bath bombs from Little Shop of Lathers

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Homeware…..

A wide range of cushion, notice boards, tea towels and mugs from The Little Button Co.

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Stunning hand-painted glasses make a great gift from Handmade by Natalie

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Hanging hearts with beautiful quotations and sentiment on them by The Wilsons

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Or hanging pottery butterflies by Detty Marie Ceramics

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Many scented candles including these in vintage china from Aunt Sallys Upcycled Crockery

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Also upcycled old china plates or vinyl records made into cakestands or sandwich platter (vinyl by Melodies)

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For the mum that has everything….

Hand felted covered books and journals by George and Lilly

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or buy her a craft kit and she can make her own gift and have fun doing it

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Cards and Wrapping…

A wide range of cards for all occasions including for Mother’s Day

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and a lot of them can be frames to make great gifts

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Take advantage of our Gift Wrapping service or buy some special clay tags from RedRat Designs

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We’re moving house!

We’ve been a little bit quiet recently as we’ve been very busy behind the scenes – and we’re very excited to tell you that we are moving into our own brand new shiny shop!

We’re leaving Handpicked Hall, but we’re not moving far – our new shop is located in the Grand Arcade directly underneath our old shop (which makes the transporting of stock and fixtures easy in principle)!

Our new shop window!

Our new shop window!

The more observant among you may notice that the window looks familiar – that’s because it was originally part of the downstairs section of Handpicked Hall.  When retailers relocated upstairs to the first floor of Handpicked Hall the downstairs area was sectioned off into new units – our neighbours The Traditional Shaving Company have already moved into the unit next to our new shop (so we will become neighbours once again!) and we are very excited that some of the other Handpicked Hall retailers have also leased other units within the Grand Arcade.  This means that the whole Arcade will be full of Independent Retailers of all shapes and sizes – and we can’t wait!

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So we’re been very busy decorating our lovely new shop in preparation for our move – we close our existing shop on Sunday 23rd March at 4.00pm and  we open our new doors on Thursday 27th March at 10.30am.  We will have new opening hours and will be open Tuesdays through Sundays….

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A little bit of colour going on the walls!

And as we love an excuse to party we decided to throw a Grand Re-Opening bash! The big event takes place on Saturday 29th March – join us between 10.30am and 6.00pm for a look around our new home, handmade chocolate tastings with The Chocolate Chest, homemade preserves tastings with The Harrogate Preserves Company, a glass of fizz, free goody bags with any purchases over £10, discounts and special offers by selected Collective members – plus live music in the Arcade from local band Weave  – it’s an event not to be missed!

Full details can be found on our Facebook Events page http://www.facebook.com/events/268198116686723/

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We are also welcoming some new sellers to join our shiny new shop –  Original Bob, Jil Made This and Life’s Big Canvas….

We will be sad to leave our little Handpicked Hall family but it’s time for us to strike out on our own to enable Our Handmade Collective to be THE Go-To destination for a handmade, handpicked gift shopping experience!

So please keep an eye on our blog posts, facebook page and twitter feed for all of our latest news!

Re-Launch VIP event!

Handpicked Hall has had some changes with most of the businesses moving upstairs to be under the beautiful glass roof. To showcase these changes they are having a Relaunch Weekend from Thursday 27th February to Sunday 2nd March 2014.

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As we like any excuse to have a party we are having a VIP event on Thursday 27th February 6-9pm. We have an evening of celebration, entertainment and shopping planned.

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We have a fabulous new layout and design that we are very excited about and can’t wait for everyone to see. Please come along and bring any family and friends with you! We have:
– Exclusive chats with our Sellers
– celebratory drinks and nibbles
– FREE gift with purchases over £10
– live music
– Handmade Chocolate Tasting with The Chocolate Chest
– Handmade Preserves Tasting with The Harrogate Preserves Co

Plus the chance to browse around the whole of Handpicked Hall in comfort and style!

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Don’t forget the new entrance into Handpicked Hall is from Grand Arcade itself and we are upstairs!

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