goodmakes baby shower workshop in Copenhagen

goodmakes baby shower workshop in Copenhagen

“You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees or the stars; you have a right to be here. Whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.” (Max Erhmann, 1927)

This quote is from a favorite poem of mine, that I included in the goodmakes “ baby-shower” workshop I ran in Copenhagen a few weeks ago.
Today I am designing a fabric from the linocut prints we made, inspired by our own memories of childhood and the experiences and values of this world we would like to share with these two new beautiful beings.

linocut stamp prints designs inspired by our memories of childhood and the things we would like to share of this world.

I designed the goodmakes workshop format to be adaptable so that I could work with diverse groups of people, sharing their stories to inspire the fabric design. So far I have worked with children, migrants, at-risk teenagers, the elderly but this was the first time designing a fabric in celebration of new life.
Watch this space for the new fabric design!

 

sharing goodmakes workshop feedback :)

This week we received feedback from participants who joined our goodmakes workshops at the Baytree Centre in Brixton.

This feedback highlights the positive impact of sharing experiences and working together creatively to design fabrics in helping to form new friendships, create a sense of community and improve mental health.

The mothers who participated in the goodmakes workshops expressed that they learned much more than they expected and overall the experience was very positive. 

Some of the comments were: 

‘’ I thought I would like this workshop but I had a really good and fun time. I was delighted to reflect of the love I have to for my children”

‘’ It help me as a person to share my experiences and draw (express) them in a pleasant way ‘’

 ‘’ It was really fun and I had a good time like I was a little girl’’ 

‘’This workshop was very interesting for me, I wasn’t expecting it. The facilitators explain and give guidance very well and had a lot of patience. ‘’

‘’This workshop helped me to work in a group’’

‘’I would like to work with more materials’’

‘’I like to come to Baytree and share my experiences – that makes me happy Baytree gives me the opportunities to learn new things’’

‘’I felt a lot of emotion expressing my inside feelings for been a mother in a very creative way’’

‘’I would like them to come more times with more activities’’

‘’I liked the workshop – everything was new to me’’

‘’I had a relaxed time and I would like to this activity with my daughter’’

‘’I wanted more material to create more things’’

‘’I had a relaxed time and enjoyed a lot. It helped me to change the way I was feeling. I made friends and want to do this activity more times’’ 

‘’I learned from this workshop that we can show our emotions through creative ways ‘’

‘’This session helped me to share with others. Nothing needs to improve everything is well organized’’

‘’This workshop is about moments of sharing happiness with other people and feeling good’’.

goodmakes designs “back to school” fabric with teenage migrant girls

Here are some photos from the wonderfully positive and uplifting session with teenage migrant girls as part of the Back To School programme at the Baytree Centre in Brixton.

We started the session with a walking greeting and sharing the girls experiences of coming to London on post-its. A discussion about their hopes, anxieties and dreams for life in London and starting their new schools bought up many issues the girls had in common, inspiring the block print designs for the fabric.

We are grateful to have had the chance to meet this amazing, courageous and insightful girls and help them to integrate their stories into something tangible and positive through the fabric design.

The fabrics will be made into shoulder bags for the girls to carry their school books in.

We wish them the best of luck with starting their new schools!

Goodmakes x Baytree Workshop in Photos

We had a great session at the Baytree Centre in Brixton with women from South America, Yemen, Sudan and Syria, designing stamps to be included in a fabric inspired by the shared stories of  motherhood during migration and their experiences of adjusting to life in London.

*Christmas wishes to you and your families from goodmakes!*

If you travel through the Valais region of Switzerland near where I grew up, you might notice some of the chalets have heart shaped windows carved in the front wooden wall.

In traditional Swiss architecture these hearts were included in the walls to represent the number of daughters in a family, so there is one heart that represents me in the wall of our chalet. For the Swiss (and for me), home is truly where the heart is!

This, for me, is really what the spirit of Christmas is all about  – spending time with those you love, celebrating and being grateful for the significant relationships that sustain us in our transient world.

Family is at the centre of everything we do at Goodmakes – supporting mothers to share their (sometimes difficult) stories of motherhood, learn new skills, make new friends and providing a nurturing environment for them to become independent so they can better support their families.

So Merry Christmas to you and yours  and thank you for all of your support this year!

love, from

Goodmakes x

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goodmakes makers guide – learn how to make goodmakes playpants in 10 mins!

Ok folks, by popular request, here (finally!) is the goodmakes makers guide to pattern cutting and sewing the goodmakes playpants.

Take a look to follow my step by step guide here! Thanks for watching x

goodmakes makers guide – learn how to make goodmakes kids play…

Hi folks, for those of you who wanted to know how to sew the goodmakes trousers, here is a short 10 min guide to pattern cutting and sewing … follow along to learn how to make pair of goodmakes playpants!I'm looking forward to organising a sewing workshop in the New Year…

Posted by Goodmakes on Wednesday, 13 December 2017

 

 

The goodmakes ETSY shop is open and it’s super cute!

goodmakes now has an ETSY shop in order to reach more customers… you can visit it at this link:

https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/goodmakes?ref=l2-shopheader-name.

Here are some photos of products in the store looking super cute!

Also watch this space for a sneak peak of a new fabric printed on warm jersey material, in winter colour-ways, designed with refugees in our latest workshop.

 

Thank you from goodmakes @ Highgate Primary Fair!

Thank you from goodmakes @ Highgate Primary Fair!

goodmakes had a stall at the Highgate Fair to test sales of our little trousers and guess what? We sold just over half our stock in 3 hours and had to took a bunch of email orders as there was a token payment system that our (cash) stall was not included in.

Thanks to everyone who came over to chat with us, I feel so energised by the positive response to the fabric designs and the goodmakes social enterprise concept.

Here is a big shout out to all those little legs wearing goodmakes trousers since the fair! Spread the love little people <3