Studio Visit with Mairi Breslin of Coorie Creative CIC
November 16 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
This month we are off to have a nosey around Coorie Creative CIC, a weaving studio and yarn craft shop in Stirling whose vision is to develop a creative, supportive community for people who have experienced trauma or loss resulting in significant lifestyle change, or who are at risk of social isolation.
Encouraging people to enjoy discovering beautiful, therapeutic heritage crafts such as handweaving, knitting, crochet, felting and rag rug making, the processes are taught simply and develop the new crafter’s skills within a compassionate, supportive environment where there are no such things as mistakes – only spontaneous design features. Coorie Creative aim to employ survivors of trauma and loss, following the guidelines for trauma-informed practice which have been endorsed by the NHS to support and assist healing. In line with their social mission, customers are encouraged to make pieces to donate to other charitable causes to enhance wellbeing and self-esteem, thereby encouraging societal reintegration.
Join us as Mairi takes us on a tour of this incredibly vibrant, creative and inclusive space and get an insight into what it takes to run a community interest company.
More about Mairi
Director and founder of Coorie Creative CIC Mairi Breslin is a weaver, an academic leader in traumatic bereavement and a successful serial entrepreneur. She has an MBA from Strathclyde University and a first-class honours degree and PhD in Traumatic Bereavement from the University of Stirling. Mairi identified the need for community therapeutic mental health support in 2018 and retired from her academic career as a lecturer in mental health to set up Coorie Creative in March 2019. She has successfully grown and led the organisation through the COVID-19 crisis, developing a range of unique, profitable new products and inspirational ways of working.