JAM Planning!

Global Service Jam is a worldwide not-for-profit event where people come together to work collectively over 48 hours to design and create prototypes for services to global problems. Over 125 cities are taking part this year! The weekend is all about exploring spontaneous approaches to realising ideas, and I have been working to make it happen along with some good friends.

The theme is set at the same time for all participating cities, on Friday evening (TONIGHT!), and teams work to develop and test their ideas on Saturday, before presenting them on Sunday. It is a fantastic opportunity to meet other interesting people, and a lot of fun.

This year Bristol is being represented for the first time, and we are organising the event at Hamilton House. It is looking to be a fantastically creative weekend that we hope will have a lasting effect on both those who come, and through realised projects after the event. To encourage this, our main sponsor, WebStart Bristol, has generously offered the opportunity of expert development support and around £10,000 funding to those who which to pursue their ideas!!

The event is open to anyone, you don't need a team or an idea, just enthusiasm, so check out our website www.gsjbristol.com for more info and to get tickets - tickets are also available from us on the door!

A sneak preview of Emmaus Bristol's new boutique second hand shop

What a transformation!

Today I took a day off, grabbed my marigolds and furniture polish and skipped down the lane to Emmaus Bristol. It has been a day of hard graft, fuelled by Blondie on the restored record player, as we worked to get the shop set up for opening early next week. The space looks great, the furniture looks great, there are some vintage clothes and bags (and shoes) to die for - and I've already got my eye on a lovely set of 50s crockery.

Here are a few action shots and a sneak preview....

A dabble in shop dressing

For the last year I have been working on the refurbishment of Backfields House for the charity Emmaus Bristol, turning it into fresh new offices and workshops for their staff and Companions. As a part of this, we have been coming up with unique ideas to transform the old Knightstone reception area into a fabulous new-look retail space on a shoestring budget.

The shop now features some rather flashy lights and bespoke plywood shelves which can be seen from Stokes Croft. The existing space featured a built in semicircular desk, which will be sanded, finished in white to match the freshly painted walls and exposed services, and resurfaced in a high gloss resin. 

Now that the shop opening looms, work has begun to get the space furnished and dressed. Emmaus does so much good work to help homeless people rebuild their lives and return to work that I wanted to contribute as much as I can to help them deliver a fit-out to compliment the space. So today I have had the pleasure of looking through the goldmine that is their stock, earmarking key items for display and coming up with a masterplan for the two shop floors.

Have a look at a few of the gems that I spotted in the warehouse...and keep an eye out for them in the shop in a couple of weeks time!

For now; sketching, planning, imagining and organising! I can't wait to get more stuck in.

Check out the Emmaus website for more information about the charity and ways to get involved, and their ebay shop for more amazing budget buys.