News & Trivia

Chips off the chisel. Tool trivia, historic gems and random ramblings from the creative cranium of Goodlife Centre founder and DIY historian, Alison Winfield-Chislett.

Meet Bookbinding Joe

Meet the Maker – Bookbinding Joe

Meet the Maker   A mini-series where you can get to know a bit more about our creative tutors at The Goodlife Centre. We start with Joe Dixon… Joe Dixon is a London based bookbinding tutor, book restorer and producer of bespoke hand bound products. With over 10 years experience…

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Find Your Flow - Meditation through Creation

Finding your flow

Social theorist, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi is the architect of the notion of “flow – that creative moment of joy when a person is completely absorbed in an activity for it’s own sake, that nothing else seems to matter. This state is characterised by a feeling of great absorption, engagement, fulfillment, and…

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Log Log

  Ben Rawlinson is a maker of bespoke fine furniture. His workshop is within The Goodlife Centre and it’s always a pleasure to see him working on an upcoming project. He chooses the timber he will use based upon his knowledge and experience working with each wood.Everything Ben makes, he…

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Tinkering and tinkers

About tinkers and tinkering about

My grandmother would have been amused that an unremarkable event had such a profound effect on me. I was a child, spending long holidays, as always, with my Manx relatives. We were in the scullery of her stone cottage in the Isle of Man. It was a tiny space- dark…

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For the Love of London

Moira was the first tutor to arrive last Sunday. It was the morning after the attacks on London Bridge and she had been delayed by all the road and station closures. We were preparing for three workshops that were due to start at ten. ‘I had to get up at…

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‘Can you help fix the Tappys?’

We get asked lots of questions- mostly starting, ’This is a bit of an unusual request…’. When we got a call a few weeks ago, I was more intrigued by Bridget Virden’s naming of the object she needed repairing. Bridget runs lunchtime drop-in workshops in the market and had been…

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Our Story. The Director’s Cut.

After a childhood of endless drawing, playing with plasticine and cluttering the surface of every table with wood scraps, glue, paper and fabric, it was a natural choice to set my heart on a lifestyle where the scribbling and making would never stop. The 3D design department workshop at Ravensbourne…

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Have a go – The new face of fixing

The fueling of our society as consumers (as in ’consumed by fire’) was always linked to Built In or Planned Obsolescence which was linked to the ‘consume more’ economic cycle. It originally had a very worthy intention as expressed in a 1932 pamphlet by Russian–American real estate broker Bernard London…

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Wroughting and Wrighting. In praise of hand skills.

I was glad that Sir Christopher Frayling talked about the ‘3 Rs’ at the Heritage Craft Association conference at the V and A last weekend as he mentioned the origins of the ‘Reading, Writing and Arithmetic’ trio used to identify a balanced education. These three now just describe Literacy and…

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A class full of three legged stools

Wood rules. Alice Rees is an impressive woman. My childhood fears of having a meeting with a deputy headmistress were dispelled the minute Alice walked into The Goodlife Centre. Alice wanted us to teach a class of 10 year olds woodwork.  She has great expectations of her year 6 pupils…

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