From A Little Spruce - Big Trees Grow
So, around three years ago I discovered a wonderful little Community Interest Company (CIC) called Bizzie Bodies based in Rotherhithe, South London. A wonderful organization set up and run by an extraordinary and passionate French businesswoman called Emilie Mendy.
Her goal… to empower young kids and families in her local community through music, art, culture and most importantly digital technology – and so help different cultures and communities blend together.
She liked what I was doing, empowering kids through learning, and I loved what she was doing, so I initially volunteered as a children’s maker-craft workshop facilitator. I discovered a fantastic group of people who were working hard to enable young kids in Rotherhithe to access the arts, 3D tech and digital design.
As an illustrator and graphic designer, I am fascinated by digital technology and 3D design and as an entrepreneur and mum of a young kid who, one day, will be using this amazing futuristic tech stuff, I wanted to get involved.
Like many working mums I find that it’s not easy working the long hours my freelance design career demands, so working part-time as a facilitator, has meant I can use my art, writing and digital skills to teach kids and pass on my many years of experience.
A year ago I could see that 3D technology was evolving fast and that it needed to be taught in schools, colleges and children’s centres all over London. I saw that my area, North London needed a jolt, needed to catch up with the progress being made in South and East London. It was time to bring this wonderful 3D future tech and educational ethos to North London.
And so the North London Skills Collaboration (NLSC) was born.
Made up of a group of individuals, tech-heads and organisations like Witty Ditty Designs, Create Education, and Bizzie Bodies, we all want to introduce 3D tech and maker-craft to young adults, students and kids.
Thanks to the foresight of people like Anthony Robinson at CONEL, Anthony Wilson and Liz Cruz at Marcus Garvey Library and Graham Ongunleye from Create Educate and WHTV and Video, North London has now become part of the Tech Revolution.
Our weekly Kidz Witty Ditty Tech Hubs are now up and running in the Marcus Garvey Library, every Monday after school in school term times.
There are regular Maker-Craft and 3D Tech Taster days there too on Saturdays for all local kids to enjoy.
We’ve facilitated two 3D Tech Taster Days for CONEL Tottenham and Enfield Centre’s, introducing their Science, Engineering and Media students to the new possibilities and employment opportunities of 3D technology.
Our small spruce tree is growing big, fast. Next year it will have recycled tinsel, LED lights and flashing 3D printed baubles on it too. Happy Holidays.
Bee Veronica Moore
Founder and Creative Director
of Witty Ditty Designs
Thanks to: @bizziebodies @createeducation, @whtvandvideo, @grahamcreate, @collegeNElondon, @marcusgarveylibrary