Come Show Your Support!
When: Monday, November 14 7 pm – 11 pm
Where: COOP D’ETAT rooftop (Saifi Urban Gardens)
Gemmayze, Pasteur St. Behind Coral Gas Station
What: The Creative Space Beirut Fundraiser
$20 for a free drink, food and live music
In an effort to meet locals who are interested in collaborating with, learning more about and supporting The Creative Space and its educational initiatives, may we introduce and invite everyone to the very first fundraiser!
Here you can meet the Facilitators behind the project, ask questions, have a drink and enjoy the friendly, casual, fun atmosphere of like-minded creative individuals.
A $20 ticket gets you a free drink at the bar, savoury snacks, and a couple of live performances by wonderful local musicians such as Joey and Anthony of ADONIS. You can also participate in a raffle through which you have the chance to win a hand-made, high quality dress.
Come one and all, find out how you can be involved and simply show your support. Funds will go directly into the project, allowing us to stay strong till the upcoming exhibition this January.
Your presence and support mean a lot, see you there!
* Weather will not be an issue as COOP is putting up a tent for the winter
Make Designers not Clothes.
What is The Creative Space?
Launched on June 1, 2011 in Beirut, Lebanon, It is a free intensive educational program that aims to inspire and empower youth from various backgrounds, through fashion design. Gathering for seven hours a day, five times a week, the initiative functioned out of a vibrant space in Saifi Urban Gardens.
The project was first initiated by Sarah Hermez, a graduate from Parsons the New School for Design with the guidance and teaching assistance of Caroline Shlala-Simonelli, a professor at Parsons the New School of Design and Fashion Institute of Technology in New York who has had a long and highly praised career in the fashion business. Together, they taught a class of 5 students between the ages of 16-22, from different backgrounds, lifestyles and education who lack fair opportunities and have an interest in fashion design. Across three months, the class worked together to create an haute-couture collection.
At the end of their three month educational workshop in August 2011 an exhibition was held in Saifi Urban Gardens to educate the public about The Creative Space‘s initiative and showcased the final finished garments, all designed and hand-sewn by the students. They created over 30 pieces and astonished the crowd, all were successfully sold by auction. The income generated was shared equally amongst the designers, while a percentage went back into the project to ensure its continuity.
The Creative Space now enters its second phase, having secured a new and more permanent location in the warm neighbourhood of Achrafieh’s Geitaoui district. Rania Dalloul who first came into The Creative Space as the project archivist, documenting the process and moderating the blog, and Sarah Hermez, the founder and facilitator of the program are now working to enhance the educational curriculum. Together they will continue this phase of the program with a more comprehensive focus on concept, language and writing studies. This coming phase also focuses on a search for different creative collaborators for special topic workshops, more talented potential students throughout the country and sponsors enthusiastic in aiding the continuity of the program. Introducing more creative outlets and social studies, the coming exhibition shows promise in featuring a stronger more diverse collection, opening new doors for the future of the project.
The long-term vision for The Creative Space is to develop a participatory, democratic educational system that also serves as a brand, a system that generates income by producing and selling collections in which profits are equally distributed among designers, giving them opportunities to work and sustain their lives.
The Creative Space is a journey- not to make clothes, but to make designers.