Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Politics at 105

13.6.17

Liz, Rasha, Awa, Bola, Lotte,

We discussed politics
with so much going on in the world right now
sharing our thoughts on what's happening and in different countries

Questions for here in Leeds
Do people here feel a pride in their lives?
Have the cuts in recent years affected how people feel about themselves and the country?
Do people here feel they have a say in their democracy?
Does having a Queen perpetuate an unequal society here?

Some of us feel things are changing
There is a movement to be more active
To speak up and to be part of the change











Tuesday, June 6, 2017

The meeting of 105Women and the Janome217s

Meeting the Janome217s sewing machines.
Amazing
Beautiful
Light
Easy

Salome used a machine for the first time and made a bag.
Samira observed and mended a dress.
Bola helped Christy with her interview technique.
Christy put a new zip in a skirt.
Laura unpacked the Janome 217s.

Thank you Sewing Machine Co Leeds Kirkgate Market for the discount. They're terrific.







Tuesday, May 16, 2017

HAPPY TUESDAY xxxxxxx

Green Grow
Samira
Laura
Liz
Diana
Rukhsana
Mavis

'maququ'  (pronounced marcuk) Arabic for 'bobbin'
'mazura' Arabic for 'measurement'

Mavis started a skirt.
Samira learned
to use a sewing machine and started a bag.
Rukhsana cut fabric.
Green Grow and Liz discussed volunteering opportunities.
Diana designed and started cutting the fabric for an 'elasticly engineered' top and skirt.
Green Grow made us all purses.










We listened to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QoIkt3dP1FI
Music video by Elissa performing Fi Ayounek


We discussed Arabic culture...In some Arabic countries  'yellow'  means 'selfishness' in people and a yellow flower means jealousy.


Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Meeting Celebrating Creating Eating Womening of the Worlding

 Green Grow's edging.
 Bola's unpicking.
 Liz's minuting.
 Kavitha's emboidering.

Everybody meeting.


 Jones.....!

Jones
Bola
Laura
Elaine
Christy
Green Grow
Kavitha
Liz
Ruhksana
Lotte
Marry by phone!!

Over lunch, we met and discussed the funding and how to use the money and what to do going forward. Liz took minutes.
Jones played and drew and talked and entertained.
Bola sewed her skirt.
Kavitha started an embroidery.

It was a busy afternoon and lots of fun.





Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Ground Work

Bola and her skirt fabric. And below the problems with tension.

Green Grow ironing with confidence!
Lillian cutting out the pattern for her bag...and below the colours she chose.
Green Grow
Lillian
Laura
Lotte
Liz
Christy
Bola

This week we found out we got the Seed Bed funding.
This is FANTASTIC news.
THANK YOU seedbed and watch this space for how we use the money!!

We also learned about the machine and how to change the tension.
Our zip learning was put on hold.
Bola was busy making a skirt, Green Grow and Lillian made real headway with their bags. Christy sewed frantically and then left in a blur, I didn't see what she did.





Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Never Say No (you're not able) Before Trying

Green Grow
Lillian
Christy
Liz
Laura
Lotte
Rukhsana
Bola




Never Say No Before Trying
Dream
Think
Do IT
Today we met 'Green Grow' who talked about her teaching and the difference she has made for her students by encouraging them to 'have a go' even if they think they can't do something.
From listening to her I can hear the words of 105Women from the past and from our manifesto.
The need for a learning environment to be
EQUAL
OPEN
HAPPY
SAFE
TAKE PART
TRUST
LISTEN
LOVE
PLAY
SHARE
And this week
Bola started a skirt,
Lillian started a bag,
Green Grow started a bag,
Rukhsana continued her friendship bracelet,
Christy cut lots of fabric and left.
We ate
hummus, soup, spinach, satsumas, apples, olives, cheese, bombay mix, pitta.....



Thursday, April 20, 2017

Fabric Piles of Potential

When we arrived today the space seemed FULL OF STUFF.
It felt great to see all the donated fabric and imagine all the projects that will be created.


It's great to feel 105Women are supported.
Women of the world celebrating each other and supporting each other.

We tried to make the space a bit more presentable and less like a storage cupboard!






Mannaz
Ruhksana
Christy

Awa
Laura
Liz

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Remembering our pasts in Nigeria, in the UK, how does it compare to now?

Bola came, she had never sewn before.
She learned how to thread up a sewing machine.
Bola made a cushion cover.

Christiana carried on making her blouse. Discovered it's too small.

Liz looked at:
Language into Leeds: Amplifying migrants voice through culture, sport and the arts.
A pan university project between Leeds University, Leeds Beckett University and Migration Yorkshire looking for different sources of funding to support different projects in the city for Refugees and Asylum Seekers.

Laura sorted through the fabric kindly donated by Ann, Donna and Ros.

We discussed the need to feel relaxed and confident in order to learn. If you are fearful you can't learn.