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Learn to paint like Monet - one-day workshop with Clare Tebboth at Vitreus Art

Get painting (or brush up your skills) with Vitreus Art and tutor Clare Tebboth

Are you inspired by the amazing art being created all around and want to get started yourself?
Want to brush up your skills, gain confidence, try new paints, new styles, even new media?
These Art classes at Vitreus Art near Towcester are created just for you!

All our art classes are suitable for beginners, improvers and the ambitious keen to expand their skills.
Coming up soon and available to book online or at Vitreus Art studio:

Textured landscapes – working with acrylics, collage and texture pastes

A one day mixed media art workshop with Clare Tebboth, for beginners and up

Mixed media workshop with Clare Tebboth at Vitreus Art
Textured Landscapes – a mixed media workshop for painters at all levels

Friday 29th April – Textured Landscapes Mixed Media – 4 places remaining


Expressive Plants and Flowers in Watercolours with Clare Tebboth

A one day workshop painting flowers and plants in watercolours.
Suitable for beginners and beyond.

Expressive Watercolours workshop with Clare Tebboth at Vitreus Art
Expressive Watercolours – a great way to develop your watercolour skills and learn some new techniques

 Friday 13th May – Expressive Watercolours – 3 places remaining


Oil Painting – One Day Introduction with Clare Tebboth

A one day course, suitable for absolute beginners and those with some experience in painting in other mediums.
Learn the ‘alla prima’ or wet-on-wet technique for modern oil-painting.

Oil Painting in a day with Clare Tebboth at Vitreus Art
Discover the joys of oil paints in just a day with Clare on this fun workshop

Friday 20th May – Oil Painting in a Day – 3 places remaining


Paint Your Own Monet Masterpiece with Clare Tebboth

A one day course, ideal for painters with some experience (but not essential) – learn to paint like the great master!

Learn to paint like Monet - one-day workshop with Clare Tebboth at Vitreus Art
Paint your own ‘Monet Masterpiece’ with Clare Tebboth on this one-day workshop

Wednesday 6th July – Paint Like Monet – 5 places remaining


Linocut & More – Printing without a Press

A one day workshop for beginners with Clare Tebboth covering 5 home-friendly printmaking techniques culminating in linoprint.
A fun and productive day for artists at all levels.
Printing Without a Press – learn 5 home-friendly printing techniques including linoprint

Printing Without a Press one day workshop with Clare Tebboth at Vitreus Art
Printing Without a Press – learn 5 home-friendly printing techniques including linoprint

Friday 9th September – Printing without a Press – 4 places remaining

All our one-day classes and longer art and craft courses can be found here:

News from Vitreus Art including your Sunflowers Ukraine donations – read on for more!

Thanks so much to everyone who bought a place on the special copper foiled sunflower workshop or who bought a ready-made fused glass sunflower including donation on your behalf.

News from Vitreus Art including your Sunflowers Ukraine donations – read on for more!

…we’ve been amazed by the response to the last email so we wanted to start with an update…

Firstly, we’d like to announce that donations to the Red Cross DEC Ukraine appeal from sales of the sunflower workshops in June and sales of fused glass sunflowers in the gallery have now reached £1017.45!
Thanks so much to everyone who bought a place on the special copper foiled sunflower workshop or who bought a ready-made fused glass sunflower including donation on your behalf.

There are now just two places remaining on the additional 17th June date for the copper-foiled sunflower mini workshop.
We won’t be able to run further workshops like this – the diary is just too busy now so if you’d like a place don’t delay – book now!
For each £79 place we donate £65.83 to Red Cross  – the rest is VAT and has to go to the tax man sadly.

…news in the gallery….

First up, new gallery artist Mark James, going by the nom-de-plume of 909Art, has dropped off four of his striking and very contemporary stencil-spray-paint canvases. Each is a great size – 80cm on the longest side, so making an impactful statement in you home, and very reasonably priced at £210 inc VAT and local delivery.

Take a look!

And there’s news from one of the country’s leading glass blowers – Alison Vincent…
Alison, hot glass blower and sculptor, is currently setting up a new hot glass work space in Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire.

This is a major undertaking as the equipment needed to produce such work is both large scale and complex.
Up until now Alison has always had to travel throughout the UK and rent studio space and assistants to help her in the production of her work.

This new venture will mean she will have more concentrated making time and we look forward to seeing the exciting results in the gallery soon.

To make way for new work Alison has decided to offer a unique 50% promotion on all her current work and we would like to help her with this endeavour.
The promotion will last until the end of April and you can find her stunning pieces here or in the gallery.

The current reduced prices for Alison’s work are compared with prices for at last the previous 28 days; quite frankly the lower prices are astonishing value – grab yourself an awesome piece of glass sculpture at a remarkable price!

…news from the studio…

Last time we announced Lesley Passey’s brand new Create Amazing Portraits 5-week course in August.
Since then 2 places have been snapped up so there are only 3 places remaining.
This course is for anyone (beginners and up) who wants to learn how to create lifelike portraits.

You’ll learn about using grids, colour palettes that suit human skin tones, the structure of facial features and so much more.
We’ve known Lesley for some years now and she’s established herself as a fun person as well as a great artist.
With a background in course creation, teaching and portraiture, this is going to be a lively, stimulating and productive course!
Hit the link to find out more!

And how about another new workshop from Jenny for the glass fusers out there?

Just gone live and ready to receive your booking – Screen Printing with Fused Glass in one day.
We piloted this workshop a while back with a lovely family group, and then incorporated it in our ‘Turning Up the Heat’ two-day fusing course for improvers with great results all round.

You’ll learn how to create and cut out stencils for your images and then work with glass powders to screen-print your images on to the glass for firing at 800 Deg.C.
You’ll have time to make two images, each about 20x15cm,  ready for display after firing.

As well as all materials, kiln firing, lunch and as many cups of tea as you like, we’re including an acrylic plate stand to show off your creations.
Take a look at the web page for this new workshop and get ready to book your place!

And if you’d love to make your own fused glass sunflower like the ones we’ve been selling in the gallery, our new workshop led by experienced fuser Roger Loxton is now almost fully booked for the May dates, and part-booked for the August dates.

This is a fun 2-day workshop with loads of techniques, plenty of learning, but lots of fun too. And you’ll end up with a groovy sunflower about 23cm across – all made by you!
Take a look at the web page (and Roger’s video introduction) and bag your place before it’s too late!

…last minute availability…

Also in the studio, there are last-minute places on some workshops coming up due to re-schedules.
Book your place on our website by following the links, or in the gallery.

You’re welcome to pop in and ask any questions about our workshops.
We usually have several examples of pieces like to ones you’d make to show you.

Expressive Watercolours 25th March with Clare Tebboth – turbo-charge your watercolour skills and learn new techniques in this friendly one-day class with Clare who really is a superb (and fun) teacher.
If you’re stuck in a rut, or keen to explore, or just want to get some new inspiration, this is a great investment in yourself!

Fusion-Inclusion glass fusing for Beginners 9th April – a productive and stimulating introduction to the world of glass fusing, covering fusing basics, fusible materials, use of frits, enamels, stringers and metals and you’ll get to make up to 6 individual fused glass pieces!
Hit the website for info and to book, or call in and find out more.

PMC Silver Jewellery for Beginners 10th April – a full day making silver jewellery with Precious Metal Clay – what fun!
Learn how to exploit the properties of this remarkable silver material and take several pieces of unique silver jewellery – pieces you’ve made!
And you get to experience (or endure?) my legendary torch firing demo, proving this is a craft you can try at home!

Copper-foiled glass Terrarium 14th April – another amazing day, making your own terrarium mini-glass-garden.
Although a fairly new class, this has become established as a favourite with us – accessible, a great outcome, and just the right level of challenge for you – and for the teacher (me, Mike)…..
Hit the website for info and to book. We even give you advice on planting you terrarium.
We have an example in the gallery to show you if you’d like to see one planted in the flesh / soil.

Well – thanks for reading, donating to Red Cross, attending a workshop or supporting the creative industry in some way – until next time,
All the best from Mike & Jenny.

P.S. Look out for a new half-day workshop coming soon – make two fused glass mushrooms for your garden. Details are just about finalised and will go live in the next couple of weeks…..watch this space!

P.P.S We wanted to share the ocean waves made on last week’s glass fusing course but not all the pieces made have been collected so that will have to wait ‘til next time; for now the top image is just a little tease!
Great fun, and a really cool crop of waves off home to be admired by all who see them!

Get creative with Vitreus Art, plus news from the gallery – from Mike and Jenny

Well it’s February and we are heading for longer and warmer days, and with the longer days hopefully that will inspire you to get creative, if you haven’t been already!
We have some great workshops coming up, and bookings are coming in thick and fast, so if you fancy trying to get creative this month, or anytime during the year don’t dilly dally!!
But more on that later.

Firstly, we wanted to let you know about all the wonderful new artwork that has recently arrived in the gallery.
Some arrived and then left very quickly, like this lovely little fox, but we do still have some lovely pieces from ceramics sculptor Hilary Audus.

Painters Louise Thomas and Niki Thomas (not related) have delivered some amazing, colourful paintings.
We are loving the heavy and moody skies in Lou’s new Greenland paintings (more on our website) and this very evocative painting by Niki, another moody painting with loads of movement given by big, bold brush strokes.
There are 5 more new paintings in the gallery and will be on our website soon.

Unsurprisingly, Anne Gilbert has certainly become a very popular artist at Vitreus Art in the short time she has been exhibiting with us; her paintings of wildlife are full of character with each creature bringing its own personality to each painting.
We have a good selection of Anne’s prints in the gallery ready for framing, and we also have a couple already framed and ready to hang directly on your wall.

And painter Clare Tebboth has delivered some distinctive heart-shaped prints of the originals shown here – and there’s just time to arrange for these to be framed in time for Valentine’s Day – if you’re quick!
And there’re more new pieces from Clare on our website too…

Have you ever thought of commissioning a piece of artwork for your home?
Well, these lovely people did, and we are pleased to report that both couples were delighted with their pieces.
We certainly get a buzz when teaching our skills to all our lovely students and sharing our years of knowledge.

But, the buzz you get when someone commissions a piece of work for their home and are more than happy with it, when you eventually get to show it to them – well that’s a feeling we just can’t put into words, it’s AMAZING (totally inadequate word for how we feel), and we ‘thank’ each and every one who has commissioned work from us, be it recently or sometime ago – thank you.

Quote from the clients:
Internal window – ‘Hello Jenny,  well!! Momentous day today – the window went in!!!! It’s going to be boarded over for protection as there is still plastering and painting to do but i got a quick pic of the sun coming through…. Isn’t it just stunning??’.
Pen y Fan – ‘First things first, what an amazing picture – you’ve done a fantastic job, thank you so much.
You’ve managed to capture everything so well – truly a very skilful artist!
I think we’ll definitely be keeping it here at home, to remind us of Wales when we’re not there.’


We recently entertained a lovely lady who travelled from Devon for a 3 Day intensive glass fusing workshop.
Her requirements for the course were, ‘I want to learn it all’!!
Well, for a 3-day course that’s a pretty big ask, but we certainly gave her a good grounding to take away so she can start her glass fusing journey.
We did a lot of talking about kilns and how to prepare them, along with moulds used, and we touched on full-fusing, kiln carving, draping and tack fusing with pieces being created in all of these techniques – what a whirl-wind of glass fusing it was, but we all had fun.

‘I can’t tell you guys how much I enjoyed last week.
You are really superb teachers – so engaging, encouraging, fun, honest and approachable.
I learnt so much last week – which fills me with excitement.  I have to tell you, I was exhausted having put my brain into learning gear after all these years!  I thought that I had a base knowledge, having done a couple of glass fusing classes – I giggle at myself now, having learnt so much with you two over three days, I realise, I didn’t have a clue!

I feel equipped to start my own journey of glass fusing now, with confidence, thanks to you two.
Your professionalism and depth of knowledge really is second to none.
I have ordered my kiln – with confidence and sorted out my cabin space.  I have also ordered everything else I think I will need.
Thank you again for your kindness and patience – you are such lovely people, with a real warmth to you both.’
Here are just two of the pieces made during the workshop.

Workshops – well what do you fancy trying?

The Fused Glass Sunflower workshop, the first set of dates we announced sold out within a few days of putting it on the website.
We have now added some new dates, so if you want to make a beautiful fused glass sunflower for your home don’t miss your chance this time.
Just two places on the May dates remain and 4 for the August dates.

Everyone loves a wave!
Last time we announced the dates for the Fused Glass Ocean Wave workshop we sold out fast.
So we have added 3 more dates for the year, don’t take too long to think about it, or you might just miss you chance!

  • Sunday 14th August – Fused Glass Ocean Wave – 3 places remaining
  • Friday 23rd September – Fused Glass Ocean Wave – 5 places remaining
  • Saturday 19th November – Fused Glass Ocean Wave – 5 places remaining

We know that not everyone can commit to a whole day for our workshops, or you might like try before booking a full day so for the Precious Metal Clay (PMC) workshop we have come up with a half day taster session.
You will get to use 5gms of clay to make a pair of drop-earrings to take away with you on the day.
There will be a little waiting time, between the drying and firing but that will give us a little time for tea and biscuits!
Classes will run from 10am to 12.30, price is £45 per person.

Dates for this are Tuesday 1st March and Thursday 21st April – and of course if there is a lot of interest we will add further dates for later in the year.
This one is yet to hit the website, so if you are interested please let us know by replying and we can pop you in the diary.

And don’t forget we aren’t all about glass and jewellery, we have two very talented artists teaching their skills with a paintbrush, palette knife, and all things 2D!

Emily Brady starts her ‘Painting for Beginners’ evening course on Tuesday 1st March, running each Tuesday evening 7-9pm for 6 weeks.
Emily will take you from an introduction to pencils and simple mark making through to a simple still life looking at shadows and light, then on to colour theory with paints and moving on to simple landscape and finishing with a portrait.
You really don’t need to have done any artwork previously, all you need is the want to learn.
There are now just 4 places available on this course, so don’t miss your chance, follow the link and get your place booked.

Clare Tebboth runs our ever so popular painting and drawing course on Thursdays during the day, but these are always fully booked. But if you should fancy learning with Clare the next workshop she will be running is her ‘Expressive Watercolour Flowers’, on Friday 25th March.
If you want to know more, hit the link and you will find a little video of Clare explaining what you will learn.
As with all the one day workshops at Vitreus Art everything you need for the day is included, as is your lunch and refreshments during the course of the day.

If you’d like to give a gift of a workshop for Valentine’s Day (or on any other occasion!) – we can provide vouchers for a sum of money, for a particular workhop on a specified date, or a workshop voucher for a date to be agreed in the future.
Hit this website page to arrange, or get in touch and we’ll sort everything out!

As you know Mike and I love all things Stained Glass and one of our favourite places is Ely Cathedral.
The cathedral itself is beautiful, but there is of course the added bonus of the Stained Glass Museum – if you like glass you may find it an interesting place to visit. But don’t go when it’s foggy!
Home – Ely Cathedral / Visiting the Stained Glass Museum Ely The Stained Glass Museum, Ely

Well, we do hope you have enjoyed your read this week, and you didn’t consume to many biscuits whilst reading our updates!!

Thanks for taking the time to read and we look forward to seeing you soon, either in the Gallery and/or studio or if you can’t get here in person, you can always drop us a line and show us what you have been creating lately.

PS: Don’t forget, if you have been on one of our workshops and/or been a customer in the gallery and you have enjoyed your experience please do leave a little review – just search for Vitreus Art on Google and leave a review there on the right hand side.

News from Vitreus Art – January 2022 – let’s get creative!


Have you been inspired by all the painting and pottery programmes on TV starting this month?

Well, January is a good time to re-ignite the creative spark so here’s an introduction to some of the painting and printmaking  workshops running here soon that will get you back in to the swing of things!

If you’re feeling a bit lacking in cheer right now (and many of us are!) then getting in to (or getting back in to) some sort of creativity can really help.

If you’d like a gentle (but productive) introduction to art, Emily Brady’s (left) 6-week evening course for beginners starts on 1st March. This 6 evenings course on Tuesdays will lead you along (not astray!) a path towards confident mark-making and you’ll produce a range of work that will get your creative juices going.
Find out more here:

Or how about a compact 1-day Introduction to Painting & Drawing with Clare Tebboth (right)?
It’s amazing how much learning and fun Clare can pack in to a day! If you need a boost, or a reminder of which end of the brush goes in the paint, or a gentle nudge back in to painting, this is a great option.
Find out more here:

Fancy trying your hand at Printing?
The next session of Clare Tebboth’s Printing Without a Press is on 6th March and is sure to get you thinking about print in new ways. The focus is on techniques you can try at home, including lino-printing. As with all our full-day workshops, materials lunch and refreshments are included.
Details are here:

And later on in March Clare’s back again to lead her legendary Expressive Watercolours workshop.
A great opportunity for painters to up their skills, learn new colour mixing and masking techniques, and experiment with some watercolour paints they may not have tried before. Another great workshop from Clare!
Find out more here:

Phew – lots to think about there. Let us know if you need more information. Each of the workshops and courses above has a website page of its own with a video from the teacher introducing you to the structure of the course too.

We’ll come back to the glass workshops further on but now…..

What’s new at the gallery this month?

There’s loads of new work – we’ve been busy photographing and labelling more than 100 new pieces but there’s more for next time too….

New from Richard Ballantyne – quirky Raku-fired  animals and birds with character.

Just arrived from glass guru Alison Vincent – stunning blown glass sculptures and vases.

Recently received from Hilary Audus – characterful ceramic birds and animals from an award-winning creator with a background in animation.

New on the walls – several new paintings from expert watercolourist Clare Tebboth (so if you want to see if Clare walks the walk as well as she talks the teaching-talk take a look!).

Just in from Sharon, aka. Across The Bay Designs – super-popular seaside cottages from reclaimed wood all the way from Cornwall.

And from versatile painter Val Goldfinch – new charming slate paintings to replace the ones sold in December (and to add to the new framed watercolour originals also recently arrived).

Examples of work by all our artists can be seen here:

Time for a Vitreus Art workshops update…

Since we announced the new Ocean Wave Glass fusing workshop last time the first date is now fully booked, and an additional spring date is half-full. There’s another date for the summer with places if March is too soon….

Details are here:

And the first Sunflower glass fusing weekend workshop with seasoned fuser Roger Loxton now has just two places remaining. If you fancy some glass fusing in a different direction to our regular one-day workshops, these might well fit the bill!

Details are here:

If you’re in to stained glass (leading, foiling, 3d or mirrors) and have a more complicated project you’d like to make, our 2-day Weekend Project course is coming up at the end of March.
This is a fully tutored course, designed for those who’ve done some glass work before and want to make something that will stretch the brain and techniques more.

Previous students have made large mirrors (like the 2-layer Tulip gothic mirror shown above Lynne designed and made in two days), 3d sculptures, windows for their homes and more on this course; what would you like to make?
Details are here:

We’re continuing to provide visors, maintain spacing and small class sizes and keep up the sanitizing routine – our students have told us they feel safer like this and so do we!
We’re taking lateral flow tests frequently and we ask workshop attendees to do the same.
If you book a workshop and need to reschedule for health reasons we will happily re-schedule.

As always, we read all replies to these emails so if you have questions about workshops or the art in the gallery, just hit ‘reply’!

Until next time, look after you and yours.
Best wishes
Mike & Jenny

P.S. We’re looking at running some mini- taster workshops over the June extra bank holidays – with a contribution to charity from the proceeds.
We’d love to get some of your ideas for practical fused or stained glass projects that can be made in half a day.
We’ve got ideas ourselves but let’s have yours please!


*Baby it’s cold out there….* – open up for news from Vitreus Art, aka Mike and Jenny


This is our penultimate newsletter before Christmas and now the weather has gone
from mild and sunny to cold and bloomin’ snowing in parts, winter is definitely creeping up.
And everyone knows what else is creeping up!
May we invite you to read on?First up – what’s new at the gallery?

Yep – Some more Christmassy treats fresh out of the kiln from Allan Page – there are these gnomes and Santa Bells.
Each bell has a different pitch and if any more kids play with them I’m going to start calling these Satan Bells.
They are cute though!

In from glass fuser Ken Flegg, there are more penguin, snowman and santa tree decorations;
when they’re gone they’re gone.
And after a busy weekend, there are now just a few of our own glass-decoration-cards which you can post
or use to decorate your own tree – as you choose!
Jenny’s been making these in every spare moment but we’re now running out again
and there won’t be kiln time for many more.

Meanwhile, for plant-people, there are these robin and holly plant stakes, and just a few bumble-bee plant stakes.
Great for decorating a floral centrepiece or a Christmas houseplant.

Newly arrived, there is a fab collection of new ‘Just a Splash’ porcelain bowls and vases by
Carol Read – colourful and every one is unique.
We’ve already sold nearly half the pieces delivered earlier this month so it’s clear they’re desirable!

On the walls and in the browsers – there are new Mark Duffin Prints to replace the ones sold
this month and three new superb Val Goldfinch original watercolours.

Also, remember the Lou Thomas Greenland painting so many of you watched Lou creating during
South Northants Art Trail?
Well – it’s finished, gorgeous, and on display at just £325.

As with all our large paintings and 3d pieces, if you’d like to see it at home, just ask.

Freshly woven by wire sculptor Linda Johns we have a brand new silver spider’s web set in a willow branch
(exquisite) and two more of her mini webs on card ready to take home.

Now it’s time for News from the studio….

Terrarium Triumph!
Our first one-day terrarium stained glass copper foiling workshop ran last week and it was a blast!
Three groovy terraria made, and we’ve just received a photo from Fran of hers planted with cacti.
This is an enjoyable and educational project to build if you’d like to learn how to make 3d copper foiled pieces.
Thanks to Fran for the pic of her terrarium at home.

Lots of interesting techniques, and a piece made you can take home, plant, and enjoy.
Visitors to your home will be green with envy!
There’s a second-up one-day workshop programmed for next year, and if the 4-week evening course currently running works well, we’ll consider adding another evening course too.
See here for info…

However, we’ve got so many new workshops to fit in it’s going to be a busy year in 2022.

For example, we’re working on a brand-new fused glass sunflower 2-day course with glass fusing expert Roger Loxton, an upholstery course with Jason Brown, the new Wire-Wrapped Jewellery workshops with Jo Cross (already three-quarters booked for the first 2 sessions next year), our forthcoming ocean wave fusing class, our new 2-day weekend Fusing course for intermediates and some more which must remain a closely-guarded secret for now!

Speaking of the new Fusing Weekend course (code-named ‘Turning Up the Heat’), the first weekend session is now fully booked so we’ve added in another session in June and a final one for the year I November.
Places are limited to 4 for this course to ensure plenty of input from us.
Have you done some fusing before and want to learn new techniques, build your confidence, or develop your understanding of firing schedules? This is the course for you!

Beginners looking to get a good grounding in lots of essential fusing techniques are invited to join our 6-week Intensive Fusing evening course. Test out a number of key techniques like tack-fusing and slumping and then make a project over the latter 3 weeks incorporating your new knowledge. The next 6-week course with spaces starts in May.

By way of a little teaser, here’s a cool, simple fused glass wreath made by Bron recently, as a little add-on project.
She’s convinced us to include this a half-day Christmas workshop next year.
We’d hoped to add one of these as a workshop this year but time has got away from us!
Also shown some groovy icicles made on the same day.

And finally, there are more dates for most of our established workshops in to May next year, plus there are dates for Emily Brady’s Art For Beginners 6-week evening course and for all of Clare Tebboth’s one-day arty painting and printmaking classes. We’ve even persuaded Clare to run one of her unique Paint Like Monet workshops!

Since the last newsletter, Jo Cross’s first Wire Wrapped Jewellery workshop is now fully booked with just 3 places remaining on the later session in September. Don’t delay booking if you’d like to make groovy jewellery with this fashionable technique!

All our classes and courses and those run by Emily, Clare and Jo Cross are here:

And we have a question for you – we’re contemplating running a 4-day intensive stained glass ‘prairie’ lamp workshop as an evolution of our column lamp workshop. A Prairie lamp is a 4-sided lamp with flat sides fanning out at an angle.
We expect this workshop would include all the materials including base, lamp holder, glass and 4 days of full tuition.

The cost is yet to be decided, but it will not be an inexpensive workshop as we want to keep the class size small.
What do you think?
Photos here are of a lamp I made last year, and one made by regular student Lizana this year.

We’ll offer two designs of ours, but will be open to helping you design your own, subject to some practical considerations. If you like the sound of this, let us know and we’ll add you to the VIP invite list….

Well – that’s plenty of news for now – thanks for reading this far and we hope you’re keeping warm,
Best Wishes
Mike & Jenny

P.S – Regarding wearing masks
As the government has now mandated the wearing of face-coverings in shops we’d like to say thanks to everyone who’s been wearing theirs throughout!