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Designer, maker, upcycler… fabric, trims and paper hoarder… user of discarded things which I turn into quirky original pieces..

Tag: Calderdale

End of an era

It is with great sadness that we have been asked to leave Croft Myl, our studio home for the past 3 years. A safe haven, a refuge when times were challenging, my creative sanctuary. A lot of growth has happened within the studio walls. Not measured by financial parameters but by personal growth. We recently created an inspiring workshop space to welcome others to experience what it feels like to collectively share a space for our own unique and individual needs. Showing that when women support and nurture each other they grow together. We are proud of what we have achieved in the last 4 years. Four mothers supporting each other through some serious life and health challenges. So much more than just a business place, a healing through creativity space. A lifeline.

 

On a deeper note for me this decision, which I fully respect has been taken on business grounds, reflects a wider challenge which mother artists face within the world. Being valued and feeling visible in both their roles as mother and maker. I hear from so many mother artists and makers through the wonderful Mothers Who Make network who are desperate to find spaces where they can create. The mothers who are “doing it on the kitchen table” no longer want to be shackled to the home and the kitchen table. Clearing away their creative endeavours to make way for family dinners and homework. They want a safe haven, a creative space where they are welcome to bring children if they wish. Affordable child care options on hand should they need it. Their children visible, their mothering visible alongside their making… which can develop and grow to be visible to the outside world.

 

Places where they can come together with other mothers to connect, support and nurture each other. Places where great change happens, both internally and externally. A space to allow healing to happen through the creative process. A sanctuary where they feel part of a community, not isolated in their homes struggling with loneliness and depression, unable to do the one thing that sets their soul alight and connects them with their own identity and not the one of “just a mum”. Mum, mummy, mother, mama is wonderful, strong, incredible, hardworking, permanent… but Mum is also a person in her own right. The adjustment to motherhood takes time and for a creative mother who loses her creative identity that can be a grief that goes unspoken but festers into post natal depression. Women create great things when given the space to come together. We have proved this, and I am so proud of what we have achieved. Not measured by £££ in the books but by waves of change within ourselves, our families and the positive influence we have made to people around us at grass roots level.

 

Places where they can come together with other mothers to connect, support and nurture each other. Places where great change happens, both internally and externally. A space to allow healing to happen through the creative process. A sanctuary where they feel part of a community not isolated in their homes struggling with loneliness and depression, unable to do the one thing that sets their soul alight and connects them with their own identity and not the one of “just a mum”.

 

Mum is wonderful, mum is strong, incredible, hardworking, permanent… but mum is also a person in her own right. The adjustment to motherhood takes time and for a creative mother who loses her creative identity that can be a grief that goes unspoken but festers into post natal depression. Women create great things when given the chance to join together and connect. We have, and I am so proud of what we have achieved. Not measured by £££ in the books but by waves of change within ourselves, our families and the positive influence we have made to people around us at grass roots level.

 

There is great sadness while we process this news but ultimately a lot of work to be done. I am a creative hoarder and my workspace reflects this. Ongoing projects, fabrics, sewing machines, random collections of “things” and furniture. Lots of second-hand repurposed furniture, surplus items from our homes or purloined for free along the way. We created a lovely space on a limited budget. Although surrounded by all this “stuff”, we have proved that you don’t always need to buy new and contribute to the global environmental decline.

 

So on that note, if you’ve made it this far into the Studio Foursies story then well done and thank you for hearing our voices and being interested in our story. You may however be able to help in another way. We need a space to be able to continue our story. Personal circumstances mean we are unable to bring all our “things” home. Do you have a room you could rent to us? We would love a space with light, heating, electricity and a sink if possible. We spent our first year in a mill which was cold, damp and had mushrooms growing out of the walls… so we’ve been there, done that and got the T-shirt and feel we deserve a comfortable space to work. It doesn’t have to be a business space or an artist studio space, it could be an attic space in a big house, a section of your own business premises that we could use and contribute to your own expenses. We like to think creatively when thrown into unexpected situations like this. We have a problem, can you be the kind soul that helps us solve it? Please get in touch. Any ideas and suggestions will be gratefully received. Thank you x

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