At the beginning of the year, Anna Fitzpatrick from Centre for Sustainable Fashion starting supporting Helen with her work in Za’atari. In February Anna joined Helen in Za’atari. Since then she’s been trying to making sense of herexperience. Here she reflects on the experience and the opportunity to understand more about how to live life in London and what needs to be done there to affect useful change there in Za’atari.Read More
The true scale of Zaatari became apparent during an unexpected visit to the roof of the central water tower, the highest spot in town, accompanied by our UNHCR translator and guide. A vast expanse of barren desert, covered as far as the eye can see in all directions by groups of white caravans arranged into family compounds, agremented by corrigated iron porches and covered courtyards. Battered by the scorching dust of summer and the cruel cold of winter, these rudimentary container homes house almost 80,000 people.
The barren exterior common to all the compounds is broken here and there by vivid graffiti, sometimes whole districts have a common theme - defiant colours proclaiming fury, defiance, hope - and beauty.
Helen reflects on what 2018 has shown her and some of the new emerging aptitudes for her as a designer and Artist in Residence at Za’atari Refugee Camp in 2019.
This city of the future zings between all our opposites.
Patience with urgency, trauma and joy, complexity with simplicity, between confidences deeply held, whilst gossip abounds, with what can be known, but not spoken of, to the most extreme manifestation – hope, in the same mind as despair. As if minds themselves, have developed new capacities to simultaneously hold and express these paired opposites, as one new emotion.
Helen and Deepa are longtime collaborators and have worked closely together in Za’atari. Deepa’s creativity lies in a core understanding of our inner worlds and she has a gift for intuiting what is needed to bring people together, facilitating uplifting and positive outcomes.Read More
Za’atari Refugee Camp – September 2017
A group of 24 Syrian women in Jordan’s Za’atari refugee camp have been trained in fragrance creation by Givaudan fragrances to help create new beauty products and local businesses. They are part of an initiative Helen Storey is getting off the ground titledB eauty co-op, enhancing the women’s, already considerable skills and talents, is part of a wider project to further develop new opportunities by realising their entrepreneurial skills beyond the camp also.Read More