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How did David Tovey and Hopeful Traders get together?

This time we speak with Hopeful Traders founder Charlie Wright, about how he met David Tovey and the genesis of the David Tovey Collection.  *** Charlie first became aware of David’s work through the charity Café Art, he told us about the first time he met David at an exhibition in Spitalfields Market, ‘he was brimming with enthusiasm, one of those people who is immediately friendly. He is clearly a real community guy, he was enthusing about other people’s art and saying how good it would be on a T shirt.’ Charlie and David met again the following day and agreed on the artworks that would form the basis of the David Tovey collection, the Bus and Taxi prints, and...

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David Tovey speaks to VICE

Formerly Homeless People Talk About the Obstacles They Overcame to Get Housing While studying at university I became very ill, due to my HIV-positive status, and found myself unable to work. My family weren't in a position to help me out financially, so I ended up getting two months behind on my rent. I attempted to get assistance from the council, but they told me I wasn't entitled to housing benefit... more

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David Tovey: Turning My Life Around

Support from the likes of Pilion Trust, Café Art and Clothing The Homeless have helped Hopeful Trader designer, David Tovey improve his life dramatically. In this post David tells us a little bit about how this support has enabled him to turn his life around and move away from homelessness by focusing on his art *** ‘I have a very loving family,’ David told us, ‘I love them to pieces, but because of my mental health problems, my isolation and my abuse to myself, I couldn’t share my problems.’ Thanks to advice from Savvas at Pilion Trust, David realised he could use his hellish experience to better his life through expression and art. The Pilion Trust assisted David with access...

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Hopeful News: A Moment of Magic

A Moment of Magic Hopeful Traders designer David Tovey sums up life on the streets quite succinctly, ‘Homelessness is loneliness, it’s segregation and pain. You get spat at and treated like shit basically.’ David had an incredibly tough time when he was homeless, but he also looks back and remembers some special moments. ‘One time I was walking up Hackney way and all the leaves had blown and got stuck all the way up the fencing around some tennis courts. I was like ‘that’s fantastic’, little things like that and sitting to watch the sun rise was just magical.’ David Tovey 1st Girl Organic Sweatshirt He remembers taking time to visit long forgotten parks in London, wandering the wooded untrodden...

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Hopeful News: Who Inspires David Tovey?

Hopeful News: David Tovey Series David Tovey has designed a very special collection for Hopeful Traders, and over the coming weeks we are excited to be able to share with you some insight into David’s life and his experience of homelessness.He has told us all about how he managed to turn his life around and even about some of the unexpected magical moments he experienced while homeless.To kick off, we asked David who inspired him as an artist.  Who inspires David Tovey?  David hadn’t been near a pencil for 20 years, he told us ‘I’d been a chef in the army and when I had my stroke it, it was my Mum who encouraged me to do something in the...

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