We have a winner! Michelle Ayavoro entered my competition about writing an inspiring blog post why she started her own business. She and her husband Joseph Ayavoro founded an incredible charity using art to engage with hard to reach groups and let them express themselves. She recently started an initiative in which she helps women to start their own art enterprises.
Have a look around her website: www.creativehandsfoundation.
Here is her blog post. Enjoy!
I remember when I was 9 years old, my siblings would be watching TV and I’d be drawing it, the video recorder and stand. I used to love drying the flowers from our garden and create greeting cards.
I studied contemporary art and design, specialising in textiles and surface design. I worked freelance as a textile designer for a few years before starting my journey in 2008 when I co-founded an arts charity using the arts as a tool to change lives. I have always believed in inspiring change in people’s lives through art.
Over the years I have learnt a lot about the voluntary sector and my community and I am still learning. At present I perform many roles and responsibilities wearing several hats at all times making me feel like jack of all trades. My work with women gradually increased throughout the years so I developed a new programme based on the feedback I have gathered from women, titled ‘Creative Business 4 Women’. It aims to raise the aspirations and skills of women to enable them to set up and run a mini enterprise in arts and crafts. I’m in the process of setting up a social enterprise designing and producing soft furnishings locally. I want to use the art as a tool to engage vulnerable women, improve their well-being and build their confidence and esteem. I’m keen to develop my business and management skills, clearly identify my role and build a dedicated team who share my vision.