Wild & Kind - The Guild of Kindred Spirits

by Trudi Donahue in Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom

£2,015

raised of £7,000 target
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Flexible funding – this project will receive all pledges made by December 18th 2019 at 9:06pm

We are launching a safe, creative space for women in Glasgow: to tackle loneliness and isolation through community support and workshops.

by Trudi Donahue in Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom

Wild & Kind CIC Present: 

The Guild of Kindred Spirits 

A creative community space for women based in Glasgow’s East End

A wee bit of background… 

So, to tell you where we are going, we should tell you where we’ve been.


Back in 2016, we started our Wild & Kind craft workshops on a fortnightly basis. We’d gather with women from the local Gallowgate community for an evening of creativity and fun. We grew up crafting around kitchen tables, making things for the sake of making them without feeling self-conscious, competitive or performative. We wanted to bring this wholesome experience to women that otherwise were isolated from the community and the arts - in all forms.

Over the last three years, this has grown. We are still running fortnightly workshops or “hangouts” as we prefer to call them. We also offer advice sessions to people who are looking to launch a creative business; named “Heart to Art”. These services are funded by our garment printing service where all inks and garments have been ethically sourced. Radical kindness is at our core and this means from printing to crafting, we take care to make sure we’re approaching what we do in the most ethical way possible.



Over time, we’ve realised that the gap we thought we were filling was actually much larger and much more complex than we’d first imagined. In fact, social isolation and loneliness in Scotland has reached such a high that the Scottish Government has launched an initiative called A Connected Scotland in order to tackle it - the third outlined priority within this initiative is “create opportunities for people to connect” which is what we have been doing and look to do on a much bigger scale very soon!


In 2020, we’ll be opening a new community driven creative space for women : The Guild of Kindred Spirits, that will come with:

  • The capacity to support 40 women on a daily basis
  • A direct to garment printer
  • A Risograph printer
  • Two Industrial Embroidery Machines
  • A full kitchen with tea, coffee and food staples as standard
  • A play space for young children
  • Daily creative workshops

It’s been a long road to creating our Guild of Kindred Spirits as we wanted to ensure that it was completely accessible, affordable and meeting all of the needs that we know to be imperative to an inclusive space. 

Wild & Kind belongs to the community and any space that we create must always reflect this.

We’re passionate about “Community Over Competition” and our space is a place of collaboration, support and solidarity for our members. We hope to lift the barriers that many face when entering the creative industries and that’s why we have ensured our memberships are affordable and flexible, our space is completely accessible and we are trialling making the space child friendly. Need to bring your wee one with you a few times a week? We got you! 

There is room for all of us and wherever we can create more room and more opportunities, we will.

We want to make this space as good as it can be and ideally, we’d like to be able to offer more free desks to those that need them. We’d like to widen the scope of the workshops that we provide and, finally, we’d love to create jobs within the space.

We are currently renovating the space with the help of our lovely landlords, and now we are looking to you for your support in pulling everything together. 

This was the space just a few weeks ago!

This is why we’re asking for your help. The more financial support we get to help up get the space ready, the more we can provide opportunities and stability from our space. We really want to hit the ground running and we’re asking our community to support us in any way possible. We're looking for £7000 to help us build desk spaces, put in our community kitchen space, and begin offering free memberships to those who need them the most.

Rewards

We really appreciate your donations, but we'd also like to show our gratitude by offering a selection of rewards covering a range of budgets. All of our rewards are ethically sourced and printed with eco friendly, plastic free inks in our Glasgow based studio! 

If you have a little more to donate, you have the opportunity to pay it forward and sponsor a desk so it can be free for somebody who really needs it. This can be for anything from 1 month to 1 year.

FAQ's

What is the sizing like for the t-shirts?

We have 2 styles of t-shirt available. An open neck tee (available in smaller sizes) and a box cut tee (available in larger sizes). Sizes 3XL, 4XL and 5XL are only available as a white tee rather than a pink one. Use the size guide below to figure out the best size for you. I recommend measuring a t-shirt that you already own and that fits you perfectly and then compare to the measurements of the guide. 

What will our memberships provide?

We have a range of memberships that come with perks to help boost your creativity and support your business; on a full time, part time and evening basis.  

Daily events, workshops and hangouts 

  • Always have been, and always will be 100% free.

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“100% Here For It” - full time memberships - £175 p/m

  • Unlimited, shared access to either Risograph printer or Embroidery Machines
  • A dedicated desk to work from
  • Up to 20 free garment prints a month
  • Daily Access from 9am to 9pm Mon to Friday
  • Weekend opening hours TBC in response to demand.

Ideal for full time Makers, Illustrators, Graphic Designers and start-up Brands.

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“Here For A Good Time, Not A Long Time” - part time memberships - £95 p/m

  • Access to a temporary desk space
  • Heavily discounted Risograph printing
  • Up to 5 free garment prints a month
  • Daily Access from 9am to 5pm Mon to Friday
  • Weekend opening hours TBC in response to demand.

Ideal for Freelancers, Bloggers and start up Social Enterprises.

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“Night Owl” - evening memberships - £60 p/m

  • Access to a temporary desk space
  • Heavily discounted Risograph printing
  • Up to 5 free garment prints a month
  • Daily Access from 5pm to 9pm Mon to Friday
  • Weekend opening hours TBC in response to demand.

Ideal for Writers and Vampires.

How many memberships will you offer for free?

To start with, we will be offering 3 Free memberships from each category. Free memberships will be given all the same perks as paying members, and are available by applying through our website. The identity of those in receipt of free places is kept confidential. Should we surpass expectations in crowdfunding, or when profits allow us to do so, we will increase the number of free places available, with a long term goal of creating a space where 100% of our facilities are free to those who need them. 

Our workshops and hangouts always have been, and always will be 100% free to attend. We offer activities like:

  • Lino Printing
  • Zine and Collage making
  • Macrame
  • Hand Embroidery
  • Cooking
  • Board game nights

Once we are set up in our new space we are looking at introducing workshops that are spread out over longer periods of time, like learning instruments and art school portfolio courses. 

Do you only support women?

While we are a female focused organisation, we're not actually 'women only' as such. When we recognised the need for safe spaces for women, we also quickly realised that there may be people who don't identify as female, but that may also experience a lot of the same gender based disadvantages both in their personal lives and their journey as a creative. For this reason, we also welcome anyone outwit the gender binary who don't feel safe or welcome in male dominated spaces.

I'm someone who would benefit from your services, how do I find out more?

More information on how you can take part in our services or become a member of our space can be found on our website.

Can I volunteer my time instead of donating?

YES! If you're based in Glasgow, and have some time to kill over December then please get in touch. We're going to be pulling an 'all hands on deck' build of the new space, so if you're handy with a drill or a paintbrush let us know! We value skill-sharing as a genuine form of trade, so we're always happy to discuss how we can work together with others.

A special THANKYOU to Jo Paterson (http://jopaterson.com/) for letting us use her composition in this video. 

And THANK YOU to Almudena Rocca for designing our new logo for us which we have used on our reward garments! (https://linktr.ee/denarocca)

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£35 or more

14 of 100 claimed

Wild & Kind Early-Bird Bundle

Only 100 available, a bundle including the Wild & Kind T-shirt, Tote Bag, Print and a zine. Supporters outside of the UK must add an additional £5 with this reward for delivery. (we can only list 10 options, so for sizes 3XL to 5XL please choose 2XL but then email your name & size to us at info@wildandkind.com)

£5 or more

Wild & Kind Zine

A cute lil mini-zine posted straight to you! You'll also be thanked on our website for your support. Supporters outside of the UK must add an additional £1 with this reward for delivery.

£11 or more

Wild & Kind Print

Eco friendly Risograph print on ethically sourced paper. You'll also receive a mini-zine and be thanked on our website for your support. Supporters outside of the UK must add an additional £2 with this reward for delivery.

£14 or more

Wild & Kind Tote Bag

A super soft, Earth Positive tote bag printed at our Glasgow studio, with eco friendly, plastic free inks! You'll also receive a mini-zine and be thanked on our website for your support. Supporters outside of the UK must add an additional £5 with this reward for delivery.

£22 or more

Wild & Kind T-Shirt

A super soft, Earth Positive T-Shirt printed at our Glasgow studio, with eco friendly, plastic free inks! You'll also receive a mini-zine and be thanked on our website for your support. Supporters outside of the UK must add an additional £5 with this reward for delivery. (we can only list 10 options, so for sizes 3XL to 5XL please choose 2XL but then email your name & size to us at info@wildandkind.com)

£175 or more

Pay it forward - One Month Sponsorship

If you are looking for a way to really give back, then a sponsorship might be the right option for you. Pay it forward by pledging £175, where you are providing a one month full time membership to someone who would otherwise be unable to afford it. You will be featured on our website and you will receive a goody bag bundle including the Wild & Kind T-shirt, Tote Bag, Print and a mini-zine. (Email for tee sizes 3XL to 5XL)

£525 or more

Pay it forward - Three Months of Sponsorship

If you are looking for a way to really give back, then a sponsorship might be the right option for you. Pay it forward by pledging £525, where you are providing 3 months worth of full time memberships to people who would otherwise be unable to afford it. You will be featured on our website and you will receive a goody bag bundle including the Wild & Kind T-shirt, Tote Bag, Print and a mini-zine. (Email for tee sizes 3XL to 5XL)

£1,050 or more

Pay it forward - Six Months of Sponsorship

If you are looking for a way to really give back, then a sponsorship might be the right option for you. Pay it forward by pledging £1050, where you will be providing 6 months worth of full time memberships to people who would otherwise be unable to afford it. You will be featured on our website and you will receive a goody bag bundle including the Wild & Kind T-shirt, Tote Bag, Print and a mini-zine. (Email for tee sizes 3XL to 5XL)

£2,100 or more

Pay it forward - One Year of Sponsorship

If you are looking for a way to really give back, then a sponsorship might be the right option for you. Pay it forward by pledging £2100, where you will be providing 12 months worth of full time memberships to people who would otherwise be unable to afford it. You will be featured on our website and you will receive a goody bag bundle including the Wild & Kind T-shirt, Tote Bag, Print and a mini-zine. (Email for tee sizes 3XL to 5XL)


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