Mixter Maxter Pompom Social
In Collaboration with Age Scotland Orkney
This coming winter designer Kirsteen Stewart launches a new product range, after working together with local WRI groups to create a collection of accessories. The proceeds from which will go towards supporting elderly people in the community through Age Orkney.
Through her newest brand, Mixter Maxter Knitwear, fashion designer Kirsteen Stewart has been working this year to bring a collaboration to fruition for Autumn/Winter 2017.
The idea started last year when the designer began discussing the project with Gillian Skuse from Age Scotland Orkney. Kirsteen said ‘We wanted to have a social aspect to this project and for it to involve people in the community. Through my work I have noticed that people love to make and we thought bringing the idea of donating time rather than money would appeal to makers who would like to get together”
Earlier this year Mixter Maxter put a call out to local groups including the WRI asking them to take part and donate a two-hour session to make Pompoms. Mixter Maxter provided the kits, wool and refreshments for the evening as well as training everyone who attended how to make the ultimate pompom. The sessions started off with a group in Burray and have continued to be successful throughout the year with groups from Kirkwall and St Ola taking part. The furthest Pompom social so far has been held in Zimbabwe with GoGo Olive as part of Kirsteen’s work in Africa this summer and events are planned throughout the winter months including a Pompom Social at the Princes Trust Tomorrow Store in London as part of Wool Week UK.
“The response we have received so far has been fantastic. Not only have people come along to make Pompoms but also they have donated wool and we have Pompoms coming in from people who are making them at home as well. We have even had requests to help from Australia”
Gillian Skuse commented “Age Orkney Scotland’s objectives are to work in partnership with Mixter Maxter, a successful local designer, to help combat isolation and loneliness for anyone who lives in our community. By offering an opportunity to socialise, have fun and meet others whilst taking part in an activity that will benefit a local charity with any money raised being used to support services for older people in Orkney. The idea of using the WI network is perfect as they have links directly with many people that are hard to reach and they have the organisational skills and local knowledge to make it happen”
The full range of products including a hat with interchangeable Pompoms will be available launched on the 31st of August at www.mixtermaxter.com and will also be available at The Pier Arts Centre and Hume Sweet Hume in Kirkwall.