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8 March 2018 Definition of Feminism

There are many opinions running around about what feminism is and is not; whether it’s necessary or not; who can be a feminist or not; etc ad nauseum. Feminism is the support of and belief in the equal rights of every person on earth. Equality. Balance. That is the definition of feminism. And as to whether or not we need it and who can be a feminist or not – the answer is yes and everyone. Until there is no longer a question in all of humanity as to who “deserves” to be treated equally and who does not, there will be a need for feminism. A right is not something that you have to work to deserve. It is innate. You are born and you have rights. Period. That is feminism. That is what today, the 8th of March is all about. Today is a day of dialogue and demonstration of the fact of equal rights. No, it’s not a belief. It is a fact that every person on earth is born with rights. I hope that by the time my son is my age this fact will be reflected in the daily lives of everyone on the planet. If it is not, then I am here today to make sure that he, like his father and grandfathers before him, like his mother and grandmothers before him, will continue the conversation until the world accepts the most basic fact of life on this planet – all people are born with equal rights of value, equal rights to decide what to do with their own body and ONLY their OWN body, to walk down the street without fear, to do their part, to education, to their place on this planet. Feminism means equality. We ALL benefit.

Design Comes to Poise

 

 

This weekend we have an enormously exciting new project moving into Poise!

We have a designer studio in residence at Poise!

Kate Mawby, our Vinyasa Flow Yoga Teacher, is also an accomplished knitwear designer and she is going to use a corner of Poise for her creative design studio.

Check out her amazing portfolio on her website: www.katemawby.com

To be honest, I don’t know where to start trying to explain what she does or how excited I am to have her here. Her presence adds a new element of art to Poise and I’m sure I’m going to drive her crazy asking questions and looking over her shoulder while she draws and works. As someone who has always been fascinated by fashion and interior design, it’s a dream come true to have a real professional in these fields sharing our space.

But that’s enough about my creativity-girl-crush on Kate. Now a few questions and answers to introduce her to all of you:

Abby: Kate, what brought you to Pamplona in the first place? I have a feeling your story will be a fun one.

Kate: Love! First I fell in love with Swing dancing and then I fell in love with a Swing dancer! I was living in Bristol at the time, so after a period of long distance I moved to Pamplona to be with him. I still get to dance here, because my boyfriend is the co-founder of Big Kick, a Swing Dance Studio. They also teach at Poise, so all of my passions, dancing, yoga and design are coming together under one roof.

A: Isn’t it wonderful how things work out like that? And it makes me so happy that you’ve been able to combine your passions under our roof! So how did you come to be a knitted textile designer?

K: I’ve always been creative and I started playing around with textiles and making my own clothes when I was a teenager. I didn’t really discover and become passionate about knitting until I left high school. I vaguely remember trying to hand knit something as a child, but I think there were more holes than stitches! Ha! I improved my skills at University where I studied Fashion Design and specialised in Knitwear. After graduating I was offered a job in New York as a Knitwear Designer, which I couldn’t say no to. I moved there thinking I would stay for 18 months, but it turned into 5 years! It was a fantastic experience where I learnt a lot, but it was also very hard work and I missed my family, so in the end I moved back to England. I worked in London for a while and then moved to Bristol to study for a Masters where I went even deeper into the knitted textiles world, but this time I focused on interiors, rather than fashion.

A: I love hearing the stories of people who found their passion at a young age. I too was fascinated with fashion and interior design as a kid, but I never saw myself as a designer. I was more into the reporting side – the writing about and showcasing of the work. And between interiors and clothing design, do you have a preference? Which area do you find more challenging?

K: My preference is always switching. Sometimes I like the challenge of garment construction and creating something that people want to wear, and other times I like to focus more on the fabric itself and develop patterns and textural surfaces. Both are equally challenging, but in different ways.

A: What is your process? Do you have strokes of genius in the middle of the night or work with a diligent schedule? What’s your favorite part of creating a piece?

K: I always start a new project with research and drawing. I’m usually full of ideas and I find it hard to edit down and focus on one, so the beginning is challenging. Once I get into it I often become very absorbed in my work and find it hard to stop. When everything is flowing and the designs are coming together, that’s my favourite part! I’m a bit of a workaholic, and for the last few years I’ve worked from home, so there has been no getting away from it. That’s why I’m really excited about having my own design space, so I can have more of a routine and create a divide between work and home life.

A: Isn’t the “flow” part the best?! I love it when you’re working on something and time ceases to exist. And on the business side of things, what could you tell us about the fashion industry becoming more sustainable and ethical in its practices? Do you think real change is happening or are we stuck with the new fast-fashion cycle?

K: One of the reasons I am not working for big fast-fashion companies anymore is because I felt uncomfortable with being part of an unsustainable future. It’s also a reason why I was drawn to interiors, because there is more of an opportunity to design things that last. The life cycle of clothing is so short now, but we can’t always blame the fashion companies, because the consumers are equally responsible, they create the demand and the brands meet that. To really see change and a move away from fast-fashion, I believe it comes down to individuals being conscious about what they buy. We should be questioning where things come from and buying less, but better quality and making it last. There are a lot of small businesses that are trying to do things differently and addressing sustainability and ethics. I hope that the fashion industry will move towards a more sustainable future, but consumers need to start supporting that.

A: I couldn’t agree more. In Pamplona there are several small shops doing amazingly high quality work right here in their own studios. It’s exciting to see them thriving. And joining your passions now, how does teaching Yoga help with your design process?

K: Teaching yoga has meant studying yoga and having a consistent personal practice. This has helped me to find more balance in my life and design work. If I skip a few days of yoga I really notice it in my mind and body. Practicing regularly reminds me to live in the moment and I feel more creative, relaxed and patient. And believe me, knitting requires patience!

A: Tell me about it! I’m still trying to knit my son’s baby blanket and he turned 4 this summer! Ha. I don’t think I have what it takes. Maybe I’ll have it done by the time he goes off to University. And how’s the Spanish coming along?

K: I think learning Spanish is going to require more patience than knitting! Ha! I moved here 6 months ago and I could only say a few basic words. Now I can string a few words together to make a short sentence, so I suppose there’s been a little bit of progress, but not much. I’ve never learnt another language, so it’s a new process and very slow. I need to increase my confidence, so I’ll have to start practicing with everyone who comes through the door at Poise!

A: It will be excellent practise! I’m sure some people will mistake you for me, being another female native English speaker, so you’ll have plenty of opportunities. One last question, what is your favorite thing about Pamplona so far? As resident “guiris” (foreigners), we must be prepared for this question at all times!

K: I’ve moved around and lived in quite a lot of different places. In the past I’ve been really drawn to big cities, but I’m actually appreciating the qualities of a smaller place. Everything is a lot more convenient, a bit cheaper and the pace of life isn’t as crazy. I also like that it’s a green city with lots of parks and it’s not far from the mountains and the coast. If I could change anything, it would have to be about transportation. I wish there was a quick easy way to get to an international airport. Pamplona is great, but sometimes I want to go home!

A: I agree. Pamplona is a very liveable city and is truly a mix of city activity and the relaxation of nature. I also find it to be an easy place to raise a family, full of life and activities for families. Well, thank you, Kate, for letting me pry a bit into your creative life and sharing it on the Poise blog. Do you have anything else you’d like to share with the Poise Community?

K: I can’t wait to start spending more time at Poise, designing, teaching yoga and swing dancing. If you see me around, please say hello, or hola, and we can try and chat in Spanglish!

A: Well, we are incredibly happy to have you here! It’s so rewarding to see Poise grow and evolve to include more diversity of creativity in our space.

And there you have it. Don’t be surprised to see her around a lot in the coming months and I’m sure she’ll soon have up some drawings or inspiration or samples in her part of the space, making us all the richer for the creativity and warmth she’ll bring with her here.

 

Video Day with We Are JAMM

I don’t think I’ve been this nervous about anything in at least a decade.

Taping a dance video and dancing are two different monsters.

I was rather upset with myself over my nervousness. I’ve never had stage fright like this before. Cameras freak me out. But We Are JAMM Studios are professionals. And they rock. As of Friday the 18th of December, as of the Poise Fiesta de Inauguración, a video version of me as a 35-year-old dancer with fears and insecurities and injuries will forever be preserved on the infinite Internet.

In some ways, it’s like riding a bike. You don’t climb the hills as easily as you used to, you don’t have the same stamina, you’re a little shaky on the curves, but you don’t forget how to do it. Again, I haven’t been this nervous in years, or had so much creative fun, as I did planning this video. It is who I am as a dancer, right now, today during taping – no more, no less. It was revealed to me through this process that being a dancer on stage and teaching dance to others requires an entirely different style of energy, level of energy, and focus. Teaching myself how to do this video was an eye-opening experience. I hope you enjoy it.

(Note: Poise location was still under construction at the time of taping. Check out the photos of the finished product on our website or Facebook or Pinterest pages. Location photos will be available from 18 December 2015 and class photos in the following weeks.)

Auzolan – With a Little Help From My Friends

This past Tuesday, our friends showed up in force to help clean the dust, scrape the goo off of the floor, remove all the gunk from the windows and mirrors, and put on door handles and hinges. I really love this word, auzolan, and what it stands for as a concept and as a way of life – a little help from your friends.

Auzolan Miles

Thank you all for the help and the laughs!! I couldn’t ask for better people in my life – H2O, cuadrilla de la hostia! Muchos muxus!!

 

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