International Women’s Day (March 8) is observed across the world encouraging the celebration of women’s achievements – social, economic, cultural and political – as well as raising awareness of gender bias. To celebrate #IWD2019 I want to give a shout out to our incredibly talented members and I also want to share three posts I came across today on Instagram that depict the theme of inspiring women within our local creative community.

#WeAreCambsCreatives is a collective of local artists, designers and makers based in Cambridgeshire, UK who run their own creative businesses. They are inspiring representatives of the creative industries covering a range of disciplines – including painters, illustrators, photographers, jewellers, textile artists, florists, bakers, interior designers, bookbinders, glasswork artists and product designers. Head over to our members page to discover their work and stories:

[ Image by The Trove Cambridge ]

Our member Wild Rosamund shared an interesting story about a woman named Constance Spry who has been a huge inspiration to her and the world of floristry. Bridget says:

“Even now, a woman ‘playing with flowers’ – as floristry is often disparagingly termed – isn’t seen as an art form worthy of note, even though we happily glorify the 17th & 18th century painters (mainly men) who painted them so beautifully. I raise my hyacinth to you, Constance, and will continue to ‘play with flowers’ in your honour.”

Read the full story on Instagram:

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HAPPY WOMEN'S DAY ★ Today on International Women's Day I thought I'd share the story of a woman who has inspired me and the world of floristry massively: Constance Spry. She was a working class Derby girl who trained as a nurse but ended up revolutionisung the world of floristry and arranging the flowers for the Queen's coronation in 1953. She pioneered the use of unusual floral materials in her compositions, with kale, weeds and grasses nestled among more traditional flowers. She practically created the vintage, eclectic look we love today, rummaging through her attic for unusual containers for her arrangements. After her death in 1960, she caused controversy when a 2004 exhibition about her at the Design Museum in London resulted in the resignation of the museum's chairman, inventor James Dyson, who considered the show 'unworthy'. Well, bol**cks to you, Mr Dyson! Bloody typical! Even now, a woman 'playing with flowers' - as floristry is often disparagingly termed - isn't seen as an art form worthy of note, even though we happily glorify the 17th & 18th century painters (mainly men) who painted them so beautifully. I raise my hyacinth to you, Constance, and will continue to 'play with flowers' in your honour.

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Award-winning Ely-based chocolatier and social enterprise Harry Specters are dedicating their social media posts to their “choc boss” Mona today. Mona’s love for chocolate and drive for building positive change for people with autism, led to her starting a business that focuses on creating employment opportunities for young people with autism; through the crafting of artisanal chocolates. Head over to Harry Specters’ Instagram to find out more:

 

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Finally I wanted to share this illustration by the super talented AV Typography! Amy Vann creates brush lettered designs and is an inspirational young woman who runs two small businesses. As well as selling her range of prints and cards, she is also the photographer at Girl Behind The Lens working on product, portrait, lifestyle and business shoots. We commissioned Amy to design our #CambsCreativeTreasures logo last year and she was great to work with. See more of her work over on Instagram:

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Happy #internationalwomensday 🙌🏼 Let’s give a shout out to all the fabulous women out there! Whether it’s in business, at home or simply by being themselves, tag an amazing woman in your life below! 💕 . . . #inspireothers #womensupportingwomen #howyouglow #balanceforbetter #iwd2019 #womenarestrong #empowereachother #womenwhowork #societygal #herecomethegirls #womensupportingwomen #womensday #dreamersanddoers #hersuccess #holdthemoment #thefutureisfemale #girlpower #prettylittlething #illustrator #illustrationsofinstagram #ladieswholunch #buildanempire #femaleentrepreneurs #lovelylittlesquares #thedarlingmovement #lifeunscripted #petitejoys #psimadethis #thatauthenticfeeling

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Is there a woman in your life or local community that inspires you? Let us know in the comments and give them a shout out in celebration of International Women’s Day 2019! The theme for this year’s campaign is #BalanceforBetter – find out more here.

 


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