Muse Not Maker is a collaborative project for Make Do & Mend devised by illustrator Alice Dansey-Wright and designer/maker Soizig Carey, responding to themes of archetypes in art, art & feminism, art & design crossover, accessibility, female status in art, muse not maker, and activism in art. It is a collection of wearable art, set design and provocations, readings and performances, commenting on the status of women in art. Muse Not Maker invites open and playful collaboration in art and design by, for and with women.

Muse Not Maker took place at From Her, To Her, South Block, Glasgow, 28 November 2018, as part of a series of events by Terra Incognita.

Hosted by Alice and Soizig, we listened to Alison Phipps and Amina Atip’s spoken word performance and poetry. The evening also asked the audience to contribute to a discussion about activism and feminism and create a symbol that would be added to a growing lexicon which Alice and Soizig will continue to develop.

Alison Phipps, OBE, PhD, BA (hons), FRSE, FRSA, FAcSS holds the UNESCO Chair in Refugee Integration through Languages and the Arts at the University of Glasgow where she is also Professor of Languages and Intercultural Studies, and Co-Convener of Glasgow Refugee, Asylum and Migration Network (GRAMNET). She is a member of the Creativity, Culture and Faith group in the School of Education at the University of Glasgow where she teaches refugee studies, languages, religious and spiritual education, anthropology and intercultural education and education for non-violence. Alison uses poetry in her campaigning and has published several works including the most recent, The Warriors Who Do Not Fight.

Amina Atiq is a Yemeni – Scouse writer, spoken word performer and activist. She explores identity and politics in her work. She has been involved in national and international projects, working alongside Roots and Routes international, Ice and Fire theatre, Writing on the Wall, the Arab Arts festival, ORT gallery, Firstdraft and many more.

Alice Dansey-Wright is an artist and designer based in Glasgow. Accessibility and empowerment are key themes in Alice’s work, inspired by textile design, symbology and folk art/craft traditions. Graduating from GSA’s Environmental Art programme in 2004, she now works across Scotland and beyond delivering public and community focussed art projects, large scale painting and murals and a number of collaborative design commissions and projects with other artists and makers. Alice has also recently become a mother to two identical baby girls.

Soizig Carey is a designer maker based in Glasgow, specialising in contemporary handmade jewellery and objects. Soizig is committed to ethical making, and creating work that can be worn or serve as meaningful and playful objects, integrating traditional and modern craft techniques. She is an educator and co director of O-PiN , working with groups from primary to graduate level with a focus on play and craft. She also works in arts and cultural development for the refugee sector, pursuing empowerment and rights for refugees in Scotland through arts and activism.