Designed sourced cut sampled graded produced in North London at CS4
For Sustainable Sportswear Company SueMe — Picture compliments of EthicalRebels for SpringPR/Polartec London
Visiting LivingUnderOneSun Amazing explosion of colours tastes beautiful plants fruit vegetable and kindness
Planning Digital Radio Media Creative Hotdesking for Communities and Individuals to speak up, share and innovate in the Heart of Tottenham social change Creative HUB
Meeting the neighbours at the Engine room Tottenham Hale Village
And more artists nature lovers protectors… soon to come into equation for a stable UrbaNature sharing platform…
Happy Birthday Founder Member creator… Ch…
We are slowly dismantling CS4, finding a suitable home for 8 years of resources and knowhow to pass further:
— create a new kind of mobile studio helping start-up young designers and women gain skill and employment in our community,
— as well as a worldwide network for ethical awareness to protect designer’s intellectual property naturally,
— establish new healthier more sustainable ways to share resources and knowledge across continents.
19-8-17 Ch… cane to pick up a desk for her design work at home. The desk was part of Ikea Award in 2009.
We picked the two sewing machines from the Hub and she will be using one at home until we find a new Design home.
17-8-17 A group of Design students from Hanoi, Vietnam, came to visit Studio 4 on a sourcing trip from London College for Design and Fashion, they picked up a box of hangers donated by a company to study fiber composition and names.
16-7-18 I visited Freedom Recruit in London to explore new ways to share skills, possibly full time in a reputable company while the Studio Women Enterprise will evolve from home and from a new shared base in the future.
Today An… will visit to do Creative Inventory and number fabric items by category for newly trained ladies to sew and sell.
Thank You WOMEN from the WORLD…
we unite our heritage for a greener more creative peaceful world
shaping the future:
A very good week to share
Cher… for starting CS4 2009 and still being part of the loop designing your own brand- 19-8-17–New Designers Companies
Joa.. for igniting into the right direction and linking…18-8-17– New Tottenham
Ley… for innovation new ventures and creative homes for women 14-8-17 — New Green Hale
Jul…for inspiring and driving women on creative platforms 15-8-17 — New Stitch Adventure
Pen… for linking at levels where it is most needed 14-8-17 — New Health Vistas
Han.. for visiting with group of 7 women from Vietnam and discovering the studio… 17-8-17 –New World Goodness
Ang.. for conducting operations and helping all these years …18-8-17 — New Mums Enterprising
Sar.. for expanding into the fashion world,, 16-8-17 — New Connections with the business world
Abb… for opening story into writing.. 16-8-17 — New understanding of Designer’s rights
Vai… for connecting with end-user feedback- 15-8-17 — Restyling the bulk fahsion
Aug… for day 1 invitation and friendship… 18-8-17 — Mums from Ghana
#NotSoEasy To Cut the Perfect #LavenderHeart Free Hand…
#LavenderHEARTS #workshops #4health
Every Heart comes from Factory offcuts which whould have gone in bin, the fleece was made from Plastic bottles by Polartec USA then turn into a Jacket designed by Cat from CS4 for SueMe support Nature project
Now they can help us link hands mind and heart into helping #naturemature on #WorldEnvironmentDay
How do you #Celebrate #Nature #today?
@UN-water @UNEP @Natureforall @wearesueme @circulaid
FROM this jacket which took 3 years to develop… came all our #LavenderHearts… with a few drops of lavender oil you can keep your wool favourite pieces #alive for #longer without disrupting the natural cycle… Made to measure Sportswear Hybrid Biker Peace jacket to link countries through work not war… http://www.echoicjacket.com
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.
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