What’s in store at our Festive Shop?
We’re back and bigger than ever. And it’s not just the finest thoughtful gifts we’re curating, but a whole host of events too. Expect crafternoons, free goodies, exciting panel discussions and evening events running all week. We’ll also have a child-friendly area in the shop for any caregivers this holiday season wanting to bring smaller humans along. Here’s a guide to what’s going on…
Press Launch – 6-9pm
(email [email protected] for invitation requests)
Public Launch Party 6-9pm
From 2-5pm – BYOB (Bring your own baby) Mother and Child Zine Workshop
Drop in session with Birdsong co-founder Sophie and artist Megan Pickering. We’ll be providing collage materials, scissors and glue, as well as some examples of zines. Come together with your small one and make your own festive zine to give to loved ones.
TBC – Morning Yoga & Meditation Session with For The Core, (watch this space)
2 – 4pm – Slipper Making Workshop with Juta Shoes – Buy tickets here
Craft your own reclaimed leather espadrilles with social enterprise Juta. Juta teach marginalised women in East London shoe making as a means of income. Support their project and make your own shoes – with all materials provided. Juta shoes are made from environmentally-friendly jute soles sourced from Southern Spain and reclaimed leather from local factories.
8-10pm – Disco Night with Polyester Zine
Come for late night shopping and some tunes as the Birdsong Team and Ione, editor of cult feminist fashion zine Polyester, spin some tunes.
All day – Make Do and Mend Session with Susanna
Head Designer at Birdsong will be on her sewing machine for the day to offer advice on caring for clothes and minor repairs, making them last longer.
From 4 – 7pm – Feminist Book Club/Poems with Birdsong
Bring along your favourite stanzas to read out loud in a cosy and inclusive environment. Hosted by gal-dem journalist Ari Potter.
7 -8:30pm – Maintaining Optimism: A Panel with Sarah Corbett of Craftivist Collective, Charlie Craggs, Birdsong, Tskeyna and Chatterbox
2016/2017 were tough years for the best of us, but activism and the concept of intersectionality is thriving. What can we do to ensure we keep on making change and impact? Inspired by the infamous quote by Italian philosopher Gramsci, “Pessimism of the spirit; optimism of the will”, we’ll be asking four award winning activists and social enterprise founders what they do to maintain optimism in their work and personal lives.
Sarah Corbett, is a published author, renowned Ted Talker and founder ofCraftivist Collective – a social enterprise which uses the technique of craftivism – combining craft and activism, to engage people in social justice issues “in a quiet, non-confrontational manner involving pretty, handcrafted gestures of defiance.”
Charlie Craggs is an award winning activist and writer of To My Trans Sisters. She founded trailblazing campaign Nail Transphobia in 2013 and has gone on to model for Selfridges (and Birdsong!), win awards with Marie Claire Future Shaper and the Observer New Radicals, and make the Rainbow List.
Mursal Hedayat is the founder refugee tutoring service, Chatterbox, which serves to solve the problem of under utilised refugee talent and has won awards from WeWork and seen Mursal interviewing David Milliband.
Tskenya-Sarah Frazer is the founder of a radically new, gender neutral, larger sized footwear brand TSKENYA – putting passion for feminist values and ethical production into the footwear line.
All speakers have stock on sale in our shop. Panel will include free drinks with the speakers and an opportunity to get books and gifts signed afterwards.
10am – 9pm – Closing evening. Come for late night shopping, mince pies and a chat with the Birdsong Founders.