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:
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…
CS4 opened May 2009 = Sorry it now is closed for the first time
following Event 5-5-17 == until we receive positive reports regarding Risk Assessment and Accountability.
CS4 stands as a Model for Positive action from the Line, uniting women, children, youths and men from various backgrounds around one theme of Work, Creative attitude and Sharing.
As we have no other income (freelancing and volunteering do not fall into any of the established categories of the support system),
we would like to offer workshops to share Creativity for Prosperity within the communities, classrooms, companies, organisations, governments to promote and set in motion world protection of women and children in danger of destructive behaviours through innovation and positive modelling within the social cultural sectors at risk, giving women the power to keep our societies safe and prosperous through their innovations.
Coming from a displaced ethnical background, I have searched various educational systems to find a magic potion: a recipe made of the most positive aspects gathered from the world… These past 8 years at CS4 make for the longest professional stand of my career, spanning from academic to business to social creative action.
With experience at University level including a semester teaching French at MIT, Boston, a year at Wellesley College as French Ambassador of the French House, and four years lecturing French at Boston University,
having shared 20 years of experience as Head of Studio (Design Pattern cutting Branding Marketing) from the high-end to the high street, including toys and green sportswear R&D, with CS4 participants during 8 wonderful years of community creative healing delivery, believing there is always the other side to discover,
I wish to use this time of unexpected disruption in a positive way, hoping CS4 Line story will not turn into a third wave of Farm Tsunami, but into a new wave of pacification and unification between Councils, Police officers and Street ruling communities for the good of all, and their children.
I would like to continue protect our communities via a new approach leading us away from destructive territorial values and closer to creative innovation… as exemplified by the work of women, young ladies and men, children at CS4.
We are currently working towards building B2B – Borough to Borough – Bridges for healthy inter-generational, inter-cultural, progressive innovations that place creative thinking at the heart of healing broken links within societies.
Let us know if there is anything we could do to help your community.
CS4 closed physically but not virtually… and if anyone knows where we could publish our Creative material please advise…
We can be reached @circulaid or on this blog
My name is Kim from Park View School and this is my 5th session at CS4.
The Duke Of Edinburgh Award is really great especially for a teenager because you get to find out about your interests, likes and dislikes through the volunteering, skills & creativity and physical sections.
Volunteering at Well Being Equilib Designs has made me realise that I can be creative and I am capable of producing something that can inspire someone in any way. Why don’t you try this out today?
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We wish you all a Happy Valentine for the Special heart workshop at Bruce Grove Youth Centre where hearts will be placed on hand sewn Tees tonight, following our very productive workshop last week where each participant learnt to make a bow, hand stitch a bead on top, cut out a heart, and place decorated bow on heart with thread and needle some had never used before. This is an example from our friend TJ creative development when we visited her factory in Central London to pick up Valentine lace and jerseys for the valentine workshop. This is a double heart by one of the students.