PAST EVENT

Can you look after yourself whilst hustling to the top of the fashion and design world? Is the journey different for women? Is the journey different for men? What role does gender play when we talk about self-care as creatives?

“CREATIVE PEOPLE HAVE LONG BEEN ASSOCIATED WITH MENTAL ILLNESS. AN IMAGE OF THE ‘TORTURED ARTIST’ COMES TO MIND. DOES THE CREATIVE INDUSTRY ATTRACT SUCH INDIVIDUALS OR DOES IT CREATE THEM?”

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On 12th June 2019, we created a space for independent creatives in the fashion and art world to discuss how gender plays a part in the topic of mental health. For a long time, the mainstream conversation around self-care has been geared to women, with terms like ‘sisterhood’ coming to light as well as campaigns and memes aimed to help women better take care of themselves, however, the workplace is filled with a mix of people, and it’s vital that we make the topic of self-care genderless and that we allow each other to talk about topics such as burnout, unfair pay, feelings and trauma in a shameless environment to challenge our unconscious biases.

This Colèchi Talk looked at the ‘elephant in the room’ topics affecting fashion. Exchanging tips on taking care of oneself, while running the busy life of business and freelancing; while learning how we can support each other in the cut-throat, fast-paced fashion and design world and remove self-limiting beliefs whilst (aiming) for a better life balance.

SPEAKERS

Hélène Klein is an activist and model from South London. Curator of a book called Him + His exploring male mental health, inspired by her own experience. Her twin brother was diagnosed with psychosis in 2014 and has been in psychiatric ward for young adults.

Him + His confronts the problematic discourse around male mental health.

In 2017, Jemima Sara Hand launched JEMIMASARA, her eponymous brand is a fashion / art brand concept that includes all her creative projects.

The idea behind the brand is to inspire everyone to have a voice and get creative through educating, informing and inspiring individuals to love themselves.

JEMIMASARA was created after Jemima suffered with mental health, anxiety and self-worth issues had become hugely prominent in her life. Her road to recovery was scribbling and drawing.

King Cas Ajani is a Producer, music artist, director, mentor, and entrepreneur.

He an immersive internship program aimed at helping aspiring actors, directors, writers and producers realise their potential.

He is founder of an emotional aptitude program for boys and men ages 15 – 30 called Brunch Brothers. The initiative was set up as a way to promote positive mental health, to empower boys and men to embrace and channel their emotions.

Raised in South London and the Zimbabwean born creative, he is currently gearing up for the release of a number of exciting projects, one of which is a new series the Symphony Park team has been working on since last June 2018.

Michael Edward is co-founder of Create Space Retreat and a freelance Creative Consultant.

He has spent the last 10 years working in-house for some some of the world’s most-loved and respected brands within the fashion, travel and retail industries.

Most recently he’s decided to pursue a change in lifestyle and career, dedicating more of his time to safeguarding his mental and physical health.

He’s currently developing his own wellness and retreat business motivated by helping young professionals reach their own creative potential through building understanding, resilience and personalised self-care action plans.