Make Believe Cafe resulted from a daydream. Sitting in her office on an average Tuesday morning Kelly came across a tiny news article about a cafe in Paris that combined sewing machines with scones. It represented a way of socialising and learning a new craft. Nothing revolutionary you might think but it set her wondering... What if there was a space that you could go to every now and then where you learn a new craft skill, drink a good cup of coffee, chat and chill?
Make Believe Cafe is about community and craft. This is a place to learn to make - to make time for each other, to share and to inspire; to make stuff - make friends, make do, make gifts, make anything from a crocheted corsage to knickers, cushions, blankets, bags and origami stars.
We want to make an effort to complete those half finished projects that we all have gathering dust under the bed. And to take time out of our busy everyday lives to learn all those cool skills our grandmothers knew.
It's a small but very significant diversion, an excuse to bunk off, to get together to create, chat and eat.
This is all about pleasure - an hour or two when somebody else is there to offer a slice of cake, to nurture your creativity and have fun.
We decided to pop up so that we can all enjoy creative flexibility.
Make Believe Cafe is there to fit into the rest of our lives, our families and our work. No one has to sign up for a series of long evenings. Shape shifting means we can change according to what it is we want to make, according to the seasons and the time we all have available. We have chosen not to be in the same place every day, to create something unexpected each time.