Category Archives: North East Creative Talent

Jewels of emotion admired beyond our inspirational shores

A North East-based jewellery designer who has received commissions from all over the world is celebrating three successful years in business this January.

Jewellery designer, Pete Noble
Jewellery designer, Pete Noble

In that time the wonderful creations of talented designer, Pete Noble, have attracted admirers from distant corners of the World. His beautiful ‘edgy’ designs have sold to customers as far away as Hawaii as well as widely across the UK.

Originally from Cumbria, Pete moved to Whitley Bay in 2010. He was working as a calibration technician but started making silver jewellery in his spare time with many of his designs drawing inspiration from our region’s stunning coastline.

Pete’s company, Edgy Metal was established back in 2016 and it has proved a natural progression of his talents and passion:

“I’ve always been a practical, hands-on kind of person” says Pete.

“I’ve worked in various roles since I was 14, and I’ve always enjoyed making things and inventing solutions for everyday problems.”

The first piece of jewellery Pete ever made was a necklace for his wife, shortly after their first child was born, in 2011. Still designing jewellery as a hobby, Pete’s first design was strewn with emotions and meaning. Having asked his wife to marry him inside one of the Egyptian pyramids, Pete drew inspiration from the Egyptian culture for his first creation.

“The pendant was made up of Egyptian and Roman symbols and the necklace was set with a triangular Tsavorite Garnet, the birthstone of my wife and daughter. The shape is significant because the triangle is the symbol of femininity. Finally, the whole design is symbolic of the three of us holding on to each other,” Pete reflects.

Pete Noble's first creation inspired by Egyptian culture.
Pete Noble’s first creation, a necklace inspired by Egyptian culture.

The success of this first piece spurred Pete on to design more jewellery with a story and, when he was made redundant during Christmas 2015, he decided to invest all of his time and energy into building Edgy Metal into a full-time business.

“The redundancy provided me with the opportunity to explore a number of designs I’d been thinking about for a while. The Unbroken Heart was a pendant that I’d wanted to produce for a few months, so I set about designing a prototype of that and launched Edgy Metal on New Year’s Day, 2016. Since that time, I haven’t looked back and have more than doubled my catalogue of products from around 21 to 57.

The Unbroken Heart. Jewellery designed by Pete Noble.
The Unbroken Heart. Jewellery designed by Pete Noble.

“The Unbroken Heart is still my most popular piece of jewellery. It’s a pendant inspired by the story of a broken heart. It’s a reminder that broken hearts can mend – they become unbroken – and why not mend them with gold stitches? I’ve been told that the story behind the Unbroken Heart resonates with a lot of my customers because they want their jewellery to have meaning and reflect their own stories.”

During the three years that Pete has been designing and making jewellery full-time, he’s received commissions from all over the world, including Canada, Hawaii and Japan.

“All of my jewellery can be posted so I’m lucky that I’m not restricted to selling to the local area – in fact, I sell more jewellery throughout the rest of the UK and abroad than I do in my own area,” said Pete.

Pete works mostly with Sterling silver and designs bold, chunky jewellery inspired by emotions, family and nature. He plans to expand his catalogue of products with at least two new designs during 2019

For more information about Edgy Metal and Pete’s jewellery designs, visit

Stunning, timeless timelapse for the North East

DAVID SIMPSON talks to Newcastle creative video and photography agency MEDIA BORNE about an exciting project to create a unique timelapse record of the North East.

Aerial view of the Tyne Bridges by Media Borne
Aerial view of the Tyne Bridges by Media Borne

Newcastle-based creative film production and photography agency, Media Borne, describe themselves as “complete all-rounders” and it’s hard to disagree.

Corporate, web and event photography are amongst their professional skills and they likewise shine in the field of video production, whether for online content, corporate demos or training videos. However, this is a company that goes just that bit further, offering a comprehensive 360° service; including drone-based aerial photography and stunning time lapse films.

Recently, the ever-photogenic city of Newcastle has featured in one of their time lapse productions, created for a local business. Produced to showcase a specific location in Newcastle for a property-related client, the video has been a great success with an impressive reach on YouTube and Facebook.

The video’s success set directors Chris Thompson and Gavin Forster thinking that they could take the idea further with the prospect of producing a time-lapse film, featuring iconic images of the wider North East.

“People in the northeast love being from the area, and to be able to capture peoples’ intrigue about the wider region and highlight some of the places that people may not have visited is a great platform for discussion between businesses and also the wider community” said Director of Videography, Chris, a former Newcastle Film School graduate.

Media Borne clients have included local businesses such as Port of Blyth, Huntley Plant and Bowe Digital, while nationally and internationally they have worked with the National Trust, the BBC, The Royal Armouries, Buzzfeed, ENEL, Taco Bell and Accenture.

Together the two directors have a wealth of experience and expertise in their fields drawing on Gavin’s eight years experience of award winning photography and Chris’s experience delivering high quality corporate videos. In addition, Chris has 5 years experience of flying a range of professional drones and is a CAA fully qualified drone pilot.

Gavin Forster and Chris Thompson of Media Borne
Gavin Forster and Chris Thompson of Media Borne

Drone filming is increasingly popular but Media Borne have particular pride in creating timelapse and hyperlapses. A North East focused timelapse film featuring the wider region certainly sounds like an exciting project with the mouth watering prospect of seeing stunning locations showcased by uniquely talented videography. It’s also a project that would include super opportunities for local businesses and North East partners to get behind, so they should certainly take note.

The plan is to bring partners into the project and allow ‘sponsorship’ of certain locations to help facilitate the wider reach for the scheme. All of those involved would be tagged in each post of the film and logos featured.

A timeless opportunity to feature in a beautiful, inspiring time lapse project showing off some of the best of the glorious North East.

Media Borne website:



Media Borne on Instagram

Media Borne On YouTube


North East Culture, Creativity and Connections

Attention North East writers, bloggers, creatives, businesses, venues and PR professionals. In this video DAVID SIMPSON highlights some of the opportunities available on the England’s North East site:

One of our ambitions for the New Year is to further develop the England’s North East site as a forum for promoting culture, arts, heritage, venues, visitor attractions, places to eat and stay as well as highlighting the talents of creative people and small businesses in the North East and North Yorkshire.

Writers, bloggers and PR professionals are encouraged to share content or submit stories to the site to showcase their work or that of their clients. Our only stipulation is that there should be some kind of North East connection.

Promotional opportunities for North East Business

The site presents publicity opportunities with monthly unique visitors of 30,000 to the main site; over 4,500 Prominent North East LinkedIn (David Simpson) connections and an ever-growing Twitter following of over 2,600.

We also offer listed links on the main site for estate agents, places to stay, job sites and other featured links which are obtainable on our main pages at reasonable rates.

Please take a look at the short video. It’s only a couple of minutes long and then you can contact me by email for more information through our contact page at


Some examples of featured blogs from England’s North East

Days Out and Places to visit

Land of Oak and Iron a vast region rich in natural and industrial heritage on the doorstep of some of the most populous parts of the North East.

The Castles of North East England David Simpson explores the region’s majestic marvels.

Food and Drink

A Taste of the Med in the Heart of Newcastle Eating out review from Paul White.

Fabulous Festivals, Fabulous Food Michael Payton looks forward to this summer’s variety of food festivals across the North East of England.

Artists and Photographers

Stoneman’s Cityscapes David Simpson talks to Gateshead photographer Lee Stoneman.

Chalk, Charcoal and Jam Sandwiches are a Source of Pride for Artist Alfie. David Simpson talks to the multi-talented Alfie Joey.

Joanne’s colurful, quirky seaside scenes will make you smile David Simpson talks to Ouseburn-based artist Joanne Wishart.

Comedy, Entertainment, Music

Laughter is Just the Tonic. Helen Gildersleeve checks out Jason Cook’s Comedy Club at Wylam Brewery’s Palace of Arts.

Kynren captivates with its epic tale of 2,000 years. Jonathan Jones books his place at Bishop Auckland’s summer spectacular.

Putting the Band Back Together Richard Callaghan talks to Sunderland musician Ross Millard.

Tangled Worm

Tangled Worm: You might also like to visit our sister site at an online shop that focuses on Northern heritage prints (and soon to come gifts).