Makers 4 Refugees


Makers 4 Refugees is a simple project founded on a desire to make a difference through making. 2016 has been a year in which the world has witnessed more than its fair share of horror. The unimaginable has happened. Again and again. In Syria, in Calais,  in Greece - and many other places too. There have been days when I have felt powerless and ineffectual - and aware of my privilege. On those days making can seem like an insignificant and pointless activity. But it's what we Makers can do. Our collective ability is to make objects of use and beauty. And to do it with love. This project is about doing that - and coming together to give our making extra meaning and purpose by raising funds to support some of the people currently living through such desperate times.

Thank you for your interest in this project.

Pip x

(written on 18th December 2016)

How Does it Work?

The community of Makers I've had the privilege of becoming a part of in recent months is an incredibly warm and supportive one. I've invited a number of these wonderful people to select a week from the 2017 calendar. We'll start in February so that the Makers involved have the chance to plan ahead. During 'their' week each respective Maker will release a piece or a batch of work and make it available to buy through their usual sales channels - and they'll donate the entire sales proceeds (less shipping and processing fees) to Help Refugees through the Makers 4 Refugees fundraising page. Each Maker will make as much or as little work for this project as they are comfortable with and will promote the sale of this work in whatever way they wish - there are no rules! As dates get allocated I'll share information here about each of the Makers and on which week they'll be selling their Makers 4 Refugees work. If you're interested in how much money this project raises the Makers 4 Refugees fundraising page will show an up-to-date figure throughout the year. We'll be using the #makers4refugees hashtag on Instagram if you want to follow along there too.

Thanks to the enthusiasm and generosity of the Making community this fundraising project is expanding to include several workshops run by Makers. We hope it will give a lovely buzz to the people who attend these courses knowing that whilst they're having fun learning a new craft or skill they're also making a difference. We're currently finalising workshops on weaving, street photography and indoor photography - with other exciting events in the pipeline. Details of each of these will be added here as and when they are finalised.

Why support the work of Help Refugees?

It can be difficult to know which charities are the most effective and worthy of support. Personally speaking, I can become paralysed into indecision by over-thinking this. This project is based on the premise that making some difference to some people is better than making no difference to anyone. So the charity has been chosen with the best of intentions and in good faith. 

Help Refugees describe themselves as "the largest distributors of aid of any grassroots organisation across Europe, funding projects in 22 Refugee camps in Greece as well as camps and settlements in Paris, Turkey, Syria and Lebanon." They are one of the benefactors of the Guardian and Observer Charity Appeal 2016 which is a wonderful endorsement.

The Makers

This section will be updated as and when new Makers come on board with this project and the very best way of staying updated with who is selling what, where and when is by following Makers 4 Refugees on Instagram.

During the week commencing Monday 6th February 2017
Pip Wilcox is the Makers 4 Refugees Maker

Pip Wilcox

During the week commencing Monday 13th February 2017
Essence + Alchemy is the Makers 4 Refugees Maker


During the week commencing Monday 20th February 2017 Allison & Christian Sadler of The People Shop are the Makers 4 Refugees Makers

During the week commencing Monday 27th February 2017 
A Petal Unfolds is the Makers 4 Refugees Maker

During the week commencing Monday 6th March 2017
Kathy Hutton is the Makers 4 Refugees Maker

During the week commencing Monday 13th March 2017
We Are Stardust is the Makers 4 Refugees Maker

During the week commencing Monday 20th March 2017
Julia Hodgson Textiles is the Makers 4 Refugees Maker

During the week commencing Monday 27th March 2017
Miss Magpie Fashion Spy is the Makers 4 Refugees Maker

** During the week commencing Monday 3rd April 2017 TBC is the Makers 4 Refugees Maker**

 

During the week commencing Monday 10th April 2017
Marcia Vidal is the Makers 4 Refugees Maker

During the week commencing Monday 17th April 2017 
Juliet Macleod of The Cloud Pottery is the Makers 4 Refugees Maker

During the week commencing Monday 24th April 2017
Grey Whale is the Makers 4 Refugees Maker

During the week commencing Monday 1st May 2017 
Diana Fayt is the Makers 4 Refugees Maker

During the week commencing Monday 8th May 2017 
Jono Smart is the Makers 4 Refugees Maker

During the week commencing Monday 15th May 2017
Whin Blossom is the Makers 4 Refugees Maker

During the week commencing Monday 22nd May 2017
Debbie George is the Makers 4 Refugees Maker

During the week commencing Monday 29th May 2017
Mountain Clay is the Makers 4 Refugees Maker

During the week commencing Monday 5th June 2017
Modern Botanics is the Makers 4 Refugees Maker

During the week commencing Monday 12th June 2017 
Amanda Banham is the Makers 4 Refugees Maker

During the week commencing Monday 19th June 2017
Flora Jamieson is the Makers 4 Refugees Maker
During the week commencing Monday 26th June 2017
Kirsty Elson is the Makers 4 Refugees Maker
During the week commencing Monday 3rd July
Jim Boddington is the Makers 4 Refugees Maker
During the week commencing Monday 10th July
Trinka Ceramics is the Makers 4 Refugees Maker
During the week commencing Monday 17th July 2017
A.S. Apothecary is the Makers 4 Refugees Maker
During the week commencing Monday 24th July 2017
Sophie Heron of Made by Herons is the Makers 4 Refugees Maker 
During the week commencing Monday 31st July
Tom Kemp is the Makers 4 Refugees Maker
During the week commencing Monday 7th August 2017
Forest + Found are the Makers 4 Refugees Makers
During the week commencing Monday 14th August 2017
Rose + Wolf (Rosie Hendry) is the Makers 4 Refugees Maker
During the week commencing Monday 21st August 2017
Maryam Riazi is the Makers 4 Refugees Maker
During the week commencing Monday 28th August 2017
Zed Lightheart is the Makers 4 Refugees Maker
During the week commencing Monday 11th September 2017
Hope in the Woods (Luke Hope) is the Makers 4 Refugees Maker
During the week commencing Monday 18th September 2017
Studio MC (Jessica Coates) is the Makers 4 Refugees Maker
During the week commencing Monday 9th October 2017
Jo McAllister is the Makers 4 Refugees Maker

During the week commencing Monday 16th October 2017
Nicolette Johnson is the Makers 4 Refugees Maker
During the week commencing Monday 6th November 2017
Olga Prinku is the Makers 4 Refugees Maker
During the week commencing Monday 13th November 2017
Luke Eastop is the Makers 4 Refugees Maker