“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.
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.
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.
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!
I’m glad you’ve found us. If you’ve arrived here you have probably been looking for one of these things – children’s clothing, textile design, topics relating to motherhood, mothers returning to work or social enterprises.
My name is Stephanie and I am setting up a new social enterprise called goodmakes which aims to help mothers gain the skills and confidence to find a job and start work after having a baby. This will be achieved through a business structure based on creative textile design workshops where children’s trousers are produced leading to month-long internship opportunities with goodmakes in a child-friendly, safe and nurturing work environment that helps build skills and confidence.
Mothers come along to a free goodmakes textile design workshop where they share stories of motherhood and use those narratives as inspiration to design the textiles which will be used to make children’s trousers.
As a first step, the workshops encourage mothers to socialise and meet other mothers whilst learning about textile design, which may be enough of an out-take for some mothers.
During the workshops mothers will be offered the opportunity to intern with goodmakes for a month to gain skills to add to their CV in a variety of roles including Sales, Marketing, Updating the Website, Sewing and Textile Design. They will also be offered help with their CV content and layout and interview skills.
If you are interested in our story or you are thinking about setting up a social enterprise yourself, follow me as I set up goodmakes and I will keep you posted on our progress!