Thank You Women

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

 

 

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…

Save Landfill

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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Activities stopped…

Every week for 11 weeks the Edinburgh Award volunteer helped with a new activity and placed comments in diary in preparation for final portfolio. This last session 5-5-17 was exciting because we were going to reshape the workshop into a more organised space to create a more healing environment.

Unfortunately our efforts have suddenly come to an end and we are waiting for information regarding safety, risk assessment, repairs, accountability, and the way forward.

In the meantime we go to the Hub, where yesterday we met a lady who came from Enfield to visit  Rec Hub centre and was a Diva Pianist…

CS4 CLOSED—5-5-17

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.

With Thanks…

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

 

 

ONE STORY

DISPLACED— 5-5-17 present

8 years is the longest of my professional life anywhere… CS4 May 2009—5-5-17

1 bullet through the window in the back of the sewing machine at neck level

Student and myself in workshop designing new project

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All activities suspended

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Youth EdinburghAward volunteer not told to meet at HUB

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Protect local community from negative repercussions

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Waiting for area risk Assessment from Council

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Freelance status: Occupational health– off work— trauma

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Free society — Choice — Help others

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Free single educated woman to Share Expertise

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Farm 2 tsunami: NOT a third ONE:

ONE STORY ONE PEACE ONE FREEDOM

Safe to Create Safe to Heal

Create To Be Safe …in the streets… at work…by saving.. offcuts, youths, empty spaces..

Create To Heal with a mission to keep environment and planet healthy…Pick a Leaf Not a Fight…

to explore ways to act from the city for people and nature … with limited means…

TO CREATE HEALS THE HIDDEN PARTS WITHIN forever

3RDgeneration impact Plastic bottles saved from landfill turn fleece, turn jacket http://www.echoicjacket.com, turn Plastic Heart @circulaid for home protection or beauty pads to last forever… saving cotton being binned daily…

Looking for natural fibres requiring less water to grow, closed loop water production systems… innovative dyeing systems…  local factories to reshore sportswear in Tottenham…

Let Peace Jacket Echoic tell its unique story, one of the many created on the way to safety…

The Echoic Jacket is a Peace Jacket from its natural and recycled materials linked together like the countries they come from UK Natural Wool and Traditional Waxed Cotton, USA Plastic Fleece, Japan Recycled Zip, France Reflective Tapes

Peace To Create Safely  Safe to Protect Ourselves and Mother Nature, Healing where harm was done,

Piecing together back to Peace…  SAFELY

Pictures compliments of EhticalRebels via SpringPR for Polartec

for SueMeLondon: THANK YOU FOR KEEPING US CREATIVELY SAFE FROM 2013 TO 2016

 

Who wishes to share a 2GOOD2BTRUE positive story?

We would like to show our appreciation by sharing a very tiny yet valuable ground mission and find out if there are other similar frontline independent studios in London (or elsewhere on the globe?) on other big (stigmatised?) social estates?

Our positive story is about women, children and men finding a peaceful ground for growth.

Inspired by the beautiful account of a friend whose aunt was one of the first two free women of the City of London joining the freemen we are openly sharing our story of freedom, creative work and activities, in the hope of positive GLOBAL transformation on a shoe string budget, saving resources from the landfill to the street…

5-5-17 Healing Studio Plans interrupted: 1 week on of sharing slowly to preserve the positive essence

On 5-5-17 we set out to transform our 8 year old textile workshop into a more spacious healing base with the help of Edinburgh Award student youthful vision. Events we could not control on that very same day made us rethink plans for Creative Studio4, a neutral ground for creative expression open to all.

From our wish to show our positive story linking all, last week was the beginning of a long haul, to share what happened with the authorities in the most positive light by showing the work started in 2009. The studio acted as a protective shield for the youths and women within a threatening territorial negative violent background where crossing the road from the bus stop to the studio was not always possible, depending on who was standing on the pavement in front of the workshop.

Given the open street violence spreading quickly in the past few weeks and the limited (nil) coverage of insurance in the case of an open attack from the street, it is very difficult to plan further safe progress in our current location.

In addition to front door issues, our studio is not self contained and the insurance will not cover for stock and equipment as a result of not being able to lock the back door : each time we use our back door to go to the toilets, there is no way to lock it from the hall, so the workshop remains open to anyone entering the corridor from the back building door, with everything including personal belongings remaining in workshop. Once a jacket disappeared, but we cannot be covered for it.

We have approached the management several times about making the workshop safer, and requested a written answer in  a letter dated 13-4-17. We have not heard how the space can be safer. After the event of 5-5-17 the management did not enquire about our welfare, a man was sent on Friday 12 and only being there by appointment that day, was just about to go and still traumatised from previous Friday, too scared to open the door to a gentlemen from the management who, when I stayed put, frozen with anxiety,  he started shouting and banging on the door, threatening to close the shop within 7 days and changing all locks.

WE WISH TO BE APPROACHED FOR PROFESSIONAL SUPPORT REGARDING THE FACT THAT WE ARE STILL ALIVE AND WISH TO CONTINUE OUR WORK: WE WENT THROUGH A TRAUMA, ARE STILL TREATED VIOLENTLY BY TERRITORIAL MEN IN A FREE SOCIETY OUR GRANDFATHERS FOUGHT FOR

WE WISH SUPPORT AND GUIDANCE AS TO HOW WE CAN RESCUE 8 YEARS OF HARD FRONTLINE VALUABLE WORK CONDUCTED WITHIN ONE OF THE HARSHEST LONDON COMMUNITY, YET THE MOST BEAUTIFUL ENCOMPASSING COMMUNITY WHICH IS NOW A CREATIVE FAMILY

MAYBE THIS A CHANCE TO EXPOSE THE BEAUTIFUL HIDDEN SIDE OF THE FRONTLINE AS A MODEL FOR CITY COST EFFECTIVE REGENERATION … TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE???

 

 

Keeping it Safe

On the Creative Pavements for women and children…

May 09: one month trial: 3 out of school young ladies needing a roof …

We waited for a sign that we were not welcome…

Last Friday one of the founder members visited to sketch her blog/line/logo ideas…

A week later after considering various sources to establish the future best course of action, within our idea to keep things creative and simple…

Only last night, seven days later the management team knocks hard on doors, metallic protection iron board behind my back, shouting my name and starts screaming that we will be out within 7 days and the lock will be changed.

I call management and ask why they did not call this week to see how I am and make a plan, following a letter I sent on 13-4-17 to expose an ongoing situation which is preventing us to work normally. When the manager called me on 2-5-17 he said these were all minor points, and I answered: Is my health also a minor point? I would like a written answer.

 

So now this blog– sorry– has become our tool to safe recovery… our daily post-traumatic vehicle guarding us from being engulfed within depression… which last year we learnt about from a professional, and now applying guidelines to remain mentally and emotionally as healthy as possible within a difficult context:

We wish to keep a strong focus on our positive story of creativity nested inside a territorial violent in order to help make our pavements safe and creative for children and women in our free society… after all my grandfather was made prisoner in Germany and exchange for a bag of wheat to rejoin his family… so in the memory of all those who sacrified their lives for our peace I wish to say we would like to be able to enjoy the fruit of their labour: that precious sense of freedom I grew up with and I wish to pass on to others, especially the oppressed, women and children. not just here but all over the world. If our story could help others that would be magical for all women  children and men who grew from the experience of keeping Creative Studio4 alive all these years,

With a special thank you for the last three years of a special collaboration with green company SueMe who helped us survive with the development of the Green peace jacket Echoic which reunites countries who are at peace but experienced the traumas of War: Germany, Japan, UK, France and USA. This creative adventure is nothing without a concrete goalpost with meaning such as helping people, nature and the human spirit to aspire to hope and peace.

 

 

Share A Second Chance… for A positive time

To create a safe sustainable society where children can walk on pavements, and women can operate small businesses safely:

women and children wish to be protected to walk and work safely on their local pavements…

How can we achieve this ?

We have achieved the business role of women running small frontline creative businesses over 8 years (and longer for neighbour), yet we have not been able to achieve this fully (time restrictions due to outside activities) or safely, always knowing our time was on a lease from day 1…

… the angels spared us last Friday ….

Our story is not isolated, it is the story of so many, in every city, on every street…

So yes our unit was the victim of an attack — other friends on the streets of big cities did not get their second chance…So with gratitude we ask…

how do we make a positive voice? against a dark background?

 

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