Pamela Anomneze is the force behind Studio 306 Collective CIC (external link). The creative collective aims to empower disadvantaged locals recovering from mental illness by giving them the space and guidance to make high quality ceramics, jewellery, sewing craft and screen printed products which can then be sold.
Tell us some more about Studio 306…
We describe it as ‘art for recovery’. People here use creative arts and craft as a catalyst for mental health recovery. We have over 30 makers that come in at different times and they can make things for the not-for-profit collective and themselves. Specialist tutors guide them in the collective work which can then be sold at events, street markets and open studios. Equally they can make and sell their own products through Studio 306 and they’ll give the collective 20% commission. So they now have a source of livelihood and they are no longer on benefits but making something for themselves. They are able to become well again and what’s greater than that?
Why did you choose Wood Green?
We love the area and we want Wood Green to progress and be sustainable. We wish people from all over London to come to Wood Green and see the High Street and see what’s going on around here. When we moved from The Chocolate Factory (where Studio 306 first started) we had the opportunity to move into a warehouse in Tottenham but our clients were like, “No…no…no! We want you to stay in Wood Green!” Studio 306 belongs to every Haringey resident. I’ve spoken to people from other boroughs and they would love to see what we have here in their borough.
Tell us about your new place…
Well, it was important for us to stay in Wood Green so we've moved into the old post office near Morrisons. It’s a slightly bigger, open space and we are on the ground floor so there is easier access for our clients. We’re happy to have a new home as we can now use our kiln. We never had the opportunity to use it in our current space because of health and safety so every time we had to fire our products we had to transport them and half of them would break which wasn't sustainable. We opened in early 2019.
Why do we need Studio 306?
Over the years we have helped hundreds of people. We have helped the disadvantaged people of Haringey make them feel like they belong and we have helped them into university and employment. We also signpost those who need help and when people have relapses we are still there for them. So they know they have someone, somewhere who cares. And sometimes we help people back from the brink by trying to help them in their self-worth. In many ways we are a family in Haringey for the downtrodden and disadvantaged who really have nobody. What we do is unique – art, recovery and wellness together. And we also make great products that people love!