International Women’s Day
Today we celebrate International Woman's Day. As a woman owned and operated small business, I know only too well the hurdles and challenges that women face in the world of business. From the 20% pay gap to the juggling of home and work responsibilities, there is still more we can do to level the playing field for all woman to grow, develop and succeed in life. This may come in the form of encouragement for our female peers or giving the time, energy or resources to enabling them to make it happen for themselves.
Which is why I have always been proud to promote and work alongside other women at OWS. Many of you may have already met Tanya and Ellen at one of our events, during our workshops or teaching at our Textile Arts Club. These two young women who have been supporting me in the studio over the last 18 months, sharing their energy and enthusiasm in helping a small business grow. In return, I have been helping guide them in their weaving journey and (hopefully!) inspiring them to discover their own voice in the fibre arts.
(Images from left to right: Tanya's first weaving project at OWS, Ellen helping out in the studio, finished cushion Laraine Jones our Cushion Weaving Project, weaving workshop at Daylesford Farm, Cushion Weaving workshop, Intro to Weaving Workshop)
I have also been passionate about sharing this inspiration in our weaving workshops. It won't come as a surprise to many of you that women young and young at heart, dominate my workshops. There is something special about the fibre arts that resonates with women and it is wonderful to see the talent that lies hidden behind the female scientist, doctor, teacher, therapist and nurse.
(Images from left to right: Intro to Weaving Workshop, 1st, 2nd and 3rd images, cushion woven by Helen Gardener in our Cushion Weaving Workshop, Intermediate Weaving Workshop)
Some are at a pivotal time in their life or looking for a career change and it has been humbling to learn about their journey and discovery of weaving. Which is why this post is a celebration of the women I have been privileged to meet, teach, inspire or encourage along the way.
Happy International Women's Day!