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.

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

 

 

Workshop Planning to include Arts Therapy with Lina B

Workshop Planning to include Arts Therapy with Lina B

I’m so lucky to be surrounded by inspiring mamas like Arts & Drama Therapist Lina, who sweetly invited me over to talk about how I could include Arts Therapy techniques into the Goodmakes textile design workshop as a way to facilitate the sharing of stories of motherhood by the participants.

Art Therapy is a form of psychotherapy involving the encouragement of free self-expression through painting, drawing, or modelling, used as a remedial or diagnostic activity.

Mothers experience many challenges during childbirth and raising children which they are encouraged to share in the goodmakes workshop. Applying Art Therapy techniques to structure the  workshop helps to create a safe and nurturing environment for those narratives to be shared and translated into visual symbols and motifs that can be used in the fabric design.

Many thanks to Lina for her input; I’m excited to see how the first workshop goes!