Pacify Postcode

 In 2009 CS4 won the Ikea Catalogue Award and then came runner up for business partnerships in Haringey: with Ikea as a partner we bridged 2 groups from N17 Farm and Northumberland Park.

CS4 women and young students now need a serious Postcode Detox after recent violence onto our Studio.

We managed to Pacify our side of N17 despite provocation 5-5-17 at the heart of our neutral safe creative zone, Farm innovative circular economy epicentre CS4, say hello on Twitter @circulaid :-), which given current climate of tension between the 2 groups, would have turned into 3rd Farm Tsunami if it had not been for our ferocious  will to keep our 8 year story alive…

and our progressive work for women without safety net is an amazing positive model to share all over the world so that other women can benefit and progress in life as much as women from Broadwater Farm have had the chance to…

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F. joined the first Intergeneration workshop in July 2009 to learn how to use a sewing machine in order to add decorative textile shapes to his casual clothes. He created unique styles and was involved in several projects from Gardening to SEW delivery teaching ladies how to use a computer, TestTown Carnegie first pilot, to Education within the Somalian after school group lodged in the Enterprise building for a few years.

One day the locals ( 2014) gave him a beating and since that day he was scared to come to an environment he loved and had contributed to since 2008.

We are not sure why the violence was triggered… the pavement regulations are hard to understand on the Frontline, especially from a place where one thinks we share a free society,

 we are also sacred

recently our frontline workshop unit was the recipient of a gunshot bullet that cracked the glass behind the sewing machine where I usually sit, that night a student was with me, and although her dad was there waiting for her and we received support right away, this violence which might be an attempt to destabilise the Farm by outsiders, has disrupted our work in a way people will never understand and does not make for a safe ground to develop and bring creativity to market within a society we thought to be free.

 

 

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IF YOU WISH A FASHION REVOLITION START AT HOME THERE IS PLENTY TO DO WITH FREELANCERS VOLUNTEERS AND FACTORY WORKERS WHO DO NOT BENEFIT ANY OF THE RIGHTS OFFERED TO THE 9-5 ALWAYS THE EPICENTRE OF POLITICAL TALKS FOR ELECTIONS…

HERE IS THE TALE OF 2 LONDON WOMEN from foreign backgrounds WHO PUT THEIR EXPERTISE AT THE SERVICE OF OTHER WOMEN and youths in difficulty WITHOUT ANY BENEFITS…

The main mission of CS4 was (past tense because we are now the GHETTO STUDIO SHOT THROUGH THE WINDOW- NO WORK – NO COMPENSATION- NO AREA ASSESSMENT- to this day- we hope for improvement: EMOTIONALLY TRAUMATISED) to save fabrics from Landfill and help save young women from the street, by giving them a chance, turning the factory offcuts due to the landfill into beautiful designs…

Our friend TJ got in touch via ONE London CLG and offered to help since 2008:

While teaching at CONEL in 2008 the trips to Commercial road started. The college assistant who went to pick up free fabrics for the textile department came back and said to the students in class this was the most horrible disgusting place she ever visited: what a way to show appreciation in front of the students!

When we started the youth programmes in 2008 we made our trips with suitcases to drag back on the train.

 Entrance to busy factory serving the high street fashion brands, the BBC and many more

 all the offcuts were kept behind table and ladies from N17 Northumberland Park and Broadwater Farm were able to visit with their children and babies to pick up lengths of jersey which they then turned into clothing: a true circular economy of women.

Not only did TJ help the women from East Haringey poorest parts she held a position as head designer pattern cutter in order to support hundreds of women working in local factories and looking after their rights and families.

The offcuts were the basis of our supply, using the fashionable colours and fabrics in youth workshops since 2009 at the BruceGrove Youth Centre and at Creative Studio 4:

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Our Farm building also could have qualified as “disgusting” in the eyes of a 9-5 college employee used to a minimum of luxuries, including work legislations, minimum wage, pension, sick leave and a right to go on strike: I was amazed when all the teachers went on strike…So like TJ I did it for those without protection:

: a trip to the toilets is always an “adventure”: we never know who we are going to find in the hall and we never know if we are going to find our things in the shop on return…

the unit4 door going the to toilets  common hall can not be locked from the hall, leaving us worried about things left in unit, and the toilets are in a poor state, only 1 out 3 locks, the floor is always wet, there is no paper, the sinks were falling off the wall in the ladies toilets (not in the men’s) which led to think they must have been used as something else,

the front of the building was the home of strange older men: one came with a big car and blinked his lights in front of the unit, once he peed against his wheel with his back to the door to mark the territory…

this was also what the college textile technician would have called a “disgusting” place to work from, but we did it for the girls and young women who were possibly recruited straight from the frontline toilets… without the work benefits… and now that 8 years came to a sudden end with the drive-by shooting… not even a word of thanks from Haringey, the Management or anyone from Work and Pensions… we are freelancers volunteers for the circular economy and welfare of women and children of all ages, and our positive model of hope innovation and creativity will probably help change things… only if the origination could be honoured…and the divide between two groups of working citizens less unfair…

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