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

 

 

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.

 

New fabric: “Sleepy Whale”

New fabric: “Sleepy Whale”

The sun is shining and the summer holidays are almost here! Take a trip to the seaside with this beautiful new “sleepy whale” fabric design in shades of blue, complete with shoals of fish, seaweed and a sleepy little whale.

goodmakes playpants are great for the beach, helping to shade little legs from the sun and keep them cool with loose breezy styling made from light organic cotton fabric.

Take a trip over to our online shop to order a pair for your holiday!

Digital mama-power: social media strategy with Madelaine Healey

Digital mama-power: social media strategy with Madelaine Healey


The takeout from the best meetings always seem to wind up scrawled on the back of a napkin or in this case, the (very patient) waiter’s notepad.

goodmakes was lucky enough to meet up with fab Digital Mum Madelaine Healey (twitter @madzhealey) to have an inspiring and super informative conversation about the process of including social media strategy as an integral part of the social enterprise start-up business plan in order to connect with people and grow the business. 

So now you can follow goodmakes on twitter @good__makes and on instagram at good.makes 🙂

 

goodmakes-socialmedia-madeleine-healyHere are a few tips I took from the meeting and from some research I did online, for anyone who wants to include a social media strategy in their startup process:

1. Define social media goals for your business.

The following goals can be achieved through social media on little or no budget:

 

Brand awareness

Using social media as a channel for driving brand awareness happens organically as you post content, engage with target users and so promote your brand.

Content distribution / dissemination 

Sharing engaging and original content is a great way to get the word out about the brand as others share your posts and advertise your brand for you.

Lead generation 

Ideally, you would like your social media profiles to be lead generators that drive traffic to your website or blog. This requires a long-term investment and results usually aren’t seen for many months.

New Customers Finally, the best case scenario is that your social media profiles raise brand awareness, your content generates leads, and leads turn into customers. If you can use social media as a customer acquisition tool, you’ve officially maximized its value.

2. Choose appropriate social media platforms

Depending on your strategy and goals, you should be able to choose which social media platforms are right for your startup.

Here is a brief overview of six major social media platforms that are potentially of value to startups:

Facebook As the largest social media platform on the internet, Facebook is the best way to reach the masses. It’s the most far reaching platform with 700 million users and most established business have a Facebook page, lending credibility to the business.

Twitter  Twitter users are more likely to interact with or purchase from the brands they follow. If content distribution and one-on-one customer engagement is important to you, Twitter should be a key part of your social media strategy. Identify at least 12 companies that are inspiring and follow them.

LinkedIn Startups and companies on the look out for business partners can use LinkedIn in to engage other professionals as it facilitates global networking.

Instagram A powerful way to visually engage your target audience, Instagram is  an easy  tool to create a visual identity for your brand – indeed “A picture speaks more than a 1000 words”. 

YouTube An incredibly influential Brand Awareness tool, You Tube allows you to share engaging videos with millions of eager users. By easily creating high quality videos you can personalise your approach to facilitate conversation and cross-market your brand by sharing content on other platforms.

Pinterest. Is the fastest growing social media platform and is particularly conducive to startups with physical products if they are well photographed and so regularly added to Pinterest boards.

Some helpful tips…

Update social streams frequently! Creating lists, guest blogging and photos are good ways to engage people and grow your audience.

More listening, less talking. Focusing on listening to your followers to gather valuable feedback to learn from is a determining factor in the success of the brand / business. If social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter are used properly they can essentially serve as ongoing free focus groups for your startup.

Build a community. For the long-term, building a community of “brand ambassadors” who share your content and support your  business activity is crucial to a successful social media strategy. 

Don’t be afraid to try new things! So long as you preserve the integrity of your brand, experimentation is a valuable way to gather information and reach new followers.