The name Hesta Scene comes from the Cumbrian word 'hesta' which translates to 'have you'. Hesta Scene is an alternative gift shop and gallery.
The shop is based in Caldbeck, which is a beautiful vibrant village lying within the northern boundary of the Lake District National Park. It has a community of working crafts people and artists.
Hesta Scene was established in April 2009 through the collaboration of Karen Kennedy and Julie Coghlan. They are both passionate about creating a predominantly British orientated shop with a strong link to promoting graduates from the University of Cumbria.
Karen and Julie believe in the concept to inspire creativity particularly in younger people, through the process of design and development. Exciting and diverse arts and crafts courses are available for children aged 5-16 years, these are run through the Northern Fells Group in the Easter and Summer holidays.
Julie originally qualified as a Surface Pattern Designer and in 2008 gained a First Class BA Hons in Contemporary Applied Arts, specialising in constructed textiles. Julie now makes many of the items for sale in Hesta Scene? including scarves, cushions and felt pictures.
Although Karen's working background has nearly always been secretarial based, she has always loved taking short courses with an art theme - ranging from interior design and photography to beaded jewellery and water colour. Her latest passion is enamelling. A range of her artwork is available to buy in the shop.