Designing a community space – with a specialty theme and financial sustainability
So, yes, we’re planning a big move into a new space, which will host a varied set of activities – a specialist ‘library’, a community ‘living room’, a buggy park!, a showroom and fulfilment centre for an online shop (to support services for the local community), a workshop/classroom, and a headquarters office.
Each space will be modest in size, but we’re really pleased that our new location – 131 Wood Street – will allow our range of activities to each have tailored and dedicated space.
We’re getting help planning how the space will appear from the street courtesy of the Outer London Fund and the Council’s Shopportunities Scheme. Two fabulous local designers, Leah and Sara, form design group Happily Ever After – and they are going to create our signage and street vantage point.
Meanwhile, we are imagining the inside and sharing ideas and likes both in person and on our Pinterest Board “131.” We’d love your inputs and ideas and hope you might start following us (SeamsSignif) on Pinterest and suggest ideas, repin things you really like and will even get in touch to help us make things for this new space. (In addition to the “131” board you might like “Patch-tastic,” “Button-tastic,” Childrens Storybooks with patchwork or craft,” “Fabulous Community Actions,” “Craft Ideas,” or “Upcycling” for ideas for yourself!)
In addition to knocking down some walls, putting in new windows, reflooring, rewiring, and skimming the walls, we want to create patchwork upholstery for the living room furnishings, make unique lampshades, and craft some useful yet beautiful wall hangings. If you can help, or intrigued to consider it, please be in touch – or read more about our needs and the project!