goodmakes is delighted to announce a collaboration with the BayTree Centre in Brixton where we will be running narrative textile design workshops not only with mothers, but with teenage girls who are waiting to get places at school. The workshops will start in April 2018.
The Baytree Centre is a social inclusion charity (Registered Charity No 1175145) for women and girls based in the heart of Brixton, London.
Those who access the Centre face multiple barriers to inclusion, identified by the women and girls themselves as: lack of English language skills; lack of opportunities to learn in culturally appropriate settings; inability to access employment opportunities; poverty; poor housing; isolation; depression; racism and discrimination (including religious discrimination); abusive homes; family breakdown and a lack of family support and structure.
I am so excited about this collaboration as I thinkgoodmakes and the Baytree centre have similar aims and values and I am proud to be able to support their work with women and teenage girls.
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
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!