Darned if you do! June Main Meeting

 

 

Combining craft and care, our June Main Meeting tackled the subject of ethical clothing.

A lot of us do our bit for recycling, and know about how awful landfill is, but when we think of pollution and waste old garms aren’t the first thing to come to mind. Our first speaker Lyla Patel from Traid gave some startling facts. Aside from the time it takes our old clothes to break down in landfill, they still give off methane and lots of other toxic gases. They still contribute to the pollutants in the air we breathe given off by the incinerators just a few miles north of us in Shoreditch. But natural fibers like cotton and viscose are good right? They still have a huge impact on the environment due to the extraordinary amount of resources such as water used in their production. Having doubled the volume of clothes purchased in the past four years, it’s an alarming predicament. So what do we do about it? Lyla put it to us that we should change our disposable mindset to clothing. Taking the time to choose, personally investing in each find, valuing the memories that come with our clothes rather than the brand.  And when you’re done, spread the love by donating for second hand sale so someone else can treasure it.

And on that note a perfectly time traid van swung by to pick up donations from this month’s visitors by the sack full.

 

When then shifted the focus from the environmental to the human cost of clothes and were joined by Thulsi Narayanasamy War On Want. Taken through the shady supply chains, and lack of accountability it is worrying to consider that it is mainly women affected by the poor working conditions within the industry, but also mainly women consuming these goods. And how are we not more aware  of it? Thulsi put it to us that the fashion industry is wonderful at PR and we lap it up. We also heard how normal it was for women in some factories to experienced intimidation when trying to organise a platform for themselves, and was considered part of the package by them. It was eye opening to view the subject not just as a labour rights issue, but as a women’s rights issue through the wider frame of patriarchy.

After a thought (and hopefully action) provoking first half of the meeting, we got skilled up in the long lost skill of darning so that we could go away knowing how to breathe new life into old glad rags.

 

 

Keep warm and cosy on!

January’s Knit and Natter will focus on the East London Yarn Triangle (Fabrications, Broadway Market; Wild and Woolly, Lower Clapton Road; Knit with Attitude, Stoke Newington High St  Keep Hackney Warm This Winter initiative. They are looking for cosy scarves which will get passed on to rough sleepers in Hackney.

 The East London Yarn Triangle is four-and-a-bit miles, which is about 466 scarves. Their aim is to get as many knitters as possible involved and collect 466 scarves! The scarves can be knitted from any yarn with whatever stitch pattern you want. They recommend casting on for a width of about 25 cm and knitting a 150cm length.

Every East London Yarn Triangle shop will also be acting as a yarn exchange where knitters with extra yarn can drop it off, and knitters in need of some more can come and pick it up.

Once you’ve knitted your scarf, drop it off at any one of the shops and they will make sure it gets passed on to a rough sleeper. You can also bring any you have knitted along to January’s Knit and Natter and we will arrange a drop off of what we’ve got.

If you’ve never knitted before this is a great way to get started! Scarves are very easy to do and this is for a great cause. We will have experienced knitters on hand who can teach you how to knit. We’ll even have some yarn and needles on hand if you’ve not been able to pick up your own supplies.

 If you’d like to get yourself some supplies, we recommend checking out the shops of the East London Yarn Triangle: Fabrications on Broadway Market; Knit with Attitude on Stoke Newington High Street and Wild and Wooly on Lower Clapton Road.

January’s Knit and Natter will take place on the 24th of January 2017 from 6.30pm at Leon in Spitalfields market. This event is open to non-members too, so feel free to come along!

Girls On Film Club #3: Powder Room, directed by MJ Delaney

+ post-screening discussion with screenwriter Rachel Hirons

Synopsis

Powder Room is a British comedy directed by MJ Delaney and written by Rachel Hirons, starring a stella British cast: Sheridan Smith, Jaime Winstone, Kate Nash, and Oona Castilla Chaplin. The film is based on the stage play When Women Wee scripted by Hirons.
Sam’s life is turned upside down on a big night out, and her story unravels within the grimy confines of a night-club toilet. When reunited with her old college friends, she is forced to re-evaluate, and constructs an elaborate façade in order to convince herself and her friends that she has it all. But once her dysfunctional yet devoted trio of best mates intervene, her carefully crafted charade begins to crumble amidst the shots, cigarettes, ciders and toilet transgressions. Faced with some very harsh realities, Sam struggles to remain true to herself and reassess exactly what she wants from life.
“Powder Room is a rare film all about women, and all the more universal for it” – Deborah Orr, The Guardian
Rachel Hirons

Post-screening Q&A with Writer Rachel Hirons

The screening will be followed by a post screening Q&A with writer RACHEL HIRONS.
Rachel is a playwright and screenwriter who studied drama and film at Kingston University. Her play WHEN WOMEN WEE was a sell-out run at the Edinburgh Festival in 2011 and at Soho Theatre in May 2012, receiving rave reviews.
Her next play, A GUIDE TO SECOND DATE SEX, sold out at the Underbelly Theatre during the 2012 Edinburgh Festival, and transferred to another sell-out run at the Soho Theatre, London, in March 2013. Her most recent play DIRTY LAUNDRY completed a highly successful run at the Underbelly, Edinburgh in August 2013. Film rights for WHEN WOMEN WEE have been optioned to Damian Jones Films and Rachel’s screenplay adaptation of the play (POWDER ROOM) has been produced, starring Sheridan Smith, Jaime Winstone and Oona Chaplin.
This is a unique chance to ask Rachel your questions about her writing process; adaptation from play to screen, and writing killer dialogue for Sheridan Smith.

Tickets

Tickets cost just £10.50 and include a glass of wine + a post screening discussion
Director: M J Delaney
Country: UK
Venue: Hoxton Hotel
Date: Monday 4 August 2014
Time: 6.30pm for 7pm Start
BEV_Negative_Mshoreditch_sisters_wihires_logo438989757_640

January Meeting!

Our First Meeting of 2014 is Announced!

Tuesday 28th January 2014,
at Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club, Pollard Row,
East London yeah! :p

**If you’re interested in memberships please read more below…***

BODY CONFIDENCE WITH ANY BODY AND SHAPE YOUR CULTURE:
It’s that time of year when we’re bombarded with messages telling us to ‘lose weight’, ‘get fit’, ‘feel bad about your body so we can sell you our products’! The cash comes rolling in for the beauty and diet industries while we’re left stuck in the cycle of guilt, shame and body hatred.

This month we’ll be joined by Any-Body who will be telling us how to ditch those diets and get body confident! Any Body is part of the Endangered Bodies Campaign, which is an international initiative started by psychotherapist and author Susie Orbach. Any Body is a group of women and men from psychotherapy, media, fashion, law, art, research and academia. They are committed to encouraging a change in cultural attitudes towards bodies, food and eating so that women and children of the next generation can learn to be happy in and look after their bodies. Any Body challenge the distorted and tyrannical grip that the fashion and diet industry have on the health of our minds as well as our bodies.

http://www.any-body.org/
http://www.endangeredbodies.org/
http://www.shapeyourculture.org.uk/

There will also be the opportunity for members to let us know what the campaign priorities for the Shoreditch Sisters should be for the year. Get thinking about what you’re most passionate about. Would you like us to focus on the No More Page 3 campaign? Rights for refugee women? Visual media and body image?

Non-members: £4 on the door
Members: Free!

***SSWI MEMBERS***
It’s renewal time! Please bring £34.70 cash/cheque to renew your membership for 2014.

***MEMBERSHIP IS OPEN***
If you’re new and want to join the WI you can join at this meeting or our February meeting. Membership is £34.70 for the year, please bring cash or cheque with you to the meeting. Find out more about benefits of being a WI member: http://www.thewi.org.uk/become-a-member/membership-options/become-a-wi-member

 

*New* Girls On Film Club!

Shoreditch Sisters WI and Birds Eye View are excited to present…

Girls On Film Club!

Open to all!
The debut event (and subsequent ones), are being held at the amazing New York apartment style space at The Hoxton Hotel, EC2A.

We are hosting a special screening of Haifaa Al Mansour’s beautiful film in partnership with Birds Eye View Film Festival. Come and join us for an evening of wine, pop-corn and conversation. The screening will be followed by a special discussion with an industry expert.

– Bring your slippers, cushion or cosy blanket, it’s going to be a good un!

Tickets are £10, and you can buy them here on eventbrite:

Any questions, please email Martha at girlsonfilmclub@gmail.com

Wadjda

Wadjda’s parents won’t buy her a bicycle, so she determines to raise the money herself. And with her mother distracted by her husband’s plans for a second wife, she has a chance. The first ever feature from Saudi Arabia, this inspiring and gently subversive film won the Satyajit Ray Foundation Award for 2013.

Dir Haifaa Al Mansour, Saudi Arabia / Germany, 2012, 93 min

Upcoming Event!

 
*THIS EVENT IS OPEN TO MEMBERS AND NON-MEMBERS*We’re so excited to be welcoming Lucy Holmes and team to our next campaigns meeting to talk to us to their fantastic No More Page 3 campaign.The campaign has been gathering momentum over the past year, gaining the support of organisations such as UK Girl guiding, the National Union of Teachers, UNISON, Women’s Aid, just to mention a few. This is a serious campaign which has huge potential to succeed.

The campaign aims to convince the Sun newspaper that it is inappropriate to picture a topless young woman in their ‘family’ newspaper every day, and to ask them nicely to drop the feature.

The campaign is not asking for a ban, but is hoping to change attitudes. The Page 3 feature started in the seventies when women were much more unequal than they are now, and when sexist attitudes were the norm. Increasingly there is evidence to suggest the depiction of women regularly in the media as nothing more than sex objects is damaging to young women’s self-regard and aspirations. Very young children are introduced to soft porn through its inclusion in a non age-restricted publication, which can be seen on trains and buses and in public spaces such as cafes and even play areas.

For more information about the campaign please visit the NMP3 website:

VENUE: Crimson Heart, 87 Leonard St, Shoreditch, London EC2A 4QS

Facebook Event here.

 

November Meeting! Festive Crafts.

November’s Shoreditch Sisters WI Meeting!

Join us on Tuesday Nov 26th at 7pm for the last meeting of 2013, getting all festive with a decorative crafts meeting!Indulge your festive foodie self and decorate edible gingerbread decorations with Maid Of Gingerbread with sprinkles, sparkles and magic icing.
Create your own festive clay decorations to give or keep, under the creative eye of our very own Jem (AKA Make Maid) and stitch up a winter storm, embroidering felt tree ornaments.
*On Dec 8th we will be at Bust Craftacular, with a stall selling craft supplies and a workshop making the felt decorations we will stitch at this meeting.
-Please also bring any wools, ribbons, material,craft things to donate for us to pack up and sell at Bust. All proceeds go back into the group to provide fun meetings and materials! –
Sisters needed for workshopping at Bust get in touch with Martha if you are interested. shoreditchsisterswi@gmail.com*
Bust’s event page herePlease bring cake to share, we have tea, coffee, beer, wine and pop available at the bar, so bring some extra cash for merriment.All materials provided, £5 for visitors, free for members. Membership is still open at £34.70.

Christmas raffle will be on, prize donations welcome.