“I wish to build a Treasure Women Town. A paradise for women and girls. Where violence against women will be a thing unheard of. Where gender equality will be the normal way of life.”, Olutosin, a #quilter, a #craftivist from #Nigeria
“I became aware of the fact there were a huge number of extremely talented people trying to make a living in craft, producing beautiful things, and they just had no route to market,”
“I started repairing because I realised there is a lot of work and skill involved in making clothes. It takes a long time. I began to appreciate the skill and effort all these anonymous people put in to making clothes for the high street. If you want to make people understand why £4 for a T-shirt is not the right price, get them to make an item of clothing. We should respect them for making these clothes for us, especially at the prices we pay.”
One of the latest projects I´m working on, is the organisation of a global exchange of makers and crafters.
In the framework of my contribution to Dialogue Cafe Association and in cooperation with other team members based around the globe, we will launch a global cycle of exchanges focused on different issues affecting crafters and artisanship.
Culture and development have been at the heart of my professional path, so this cycle is just another step.
The first session will take place next 28 April. If you want to join in, let us know, maybe there is a Dialogue Cafe in your city!
Next thursday 25 March, I´ll be at Dialogue Café to moderate a nice session on women´s empowerment through creative industries.
In line with some ideas and projects I´m currently developing, I hope this debate will allow us to identify future initiatives aimed at promoting women´s leadership in creative sectors. Creative sectors as crafts, design, arts, fashion design.
You can join us in Évora, Lisbon, Novi Pazar and Rio de Janeiro (from 15h to 16h30 London time)