During the 18 months I spent volunteering with the charity Art Against Knives at their nail bar project, Dollis Dolls, in Dollis Valley Estate, High Barnet, I was given the opportunity to devise a summer holiday programme of creative activities for the girls.  The aim of this programme was to have fun and inspire the girls through different creative mediums and by meeting and working with some very talented creative professionals, helping to broaden the possible career perspectives and interests of the Dollis Dolls that took part.

Over the course of six weeks we had workshops in nail art and care, creative writing, street and portrait photography and online campaigning and social media.  The outcomes of these workshops were captured by myself and put together with some more information about the project and girls in the below zine, designed by the ever patient and talented illustrator, Severine Chapelle.


In 2016 we worked in collaboration with Fashion Revolution to involve some of the Dollis Dolls in the 2016 Fashion Revolution Week.  We challenged them to a 'Haulternative' giving each one a £10 budget to buy an outfit from charity shops and make a vlog about their purchases and experience.  It was the first time in a charity shop for some of them and the shopping trip and opportunity to Skype with Fashion Revolution co-founder, Orsola de Castro, definitely gave them a new perspective on the fashion industry and fast fashion shopping.

Sadiyah and Arzoo take part in the Fashion Revolution with a charity shop #haulternative and a budget of just £10. Download the '#Haulternative: a guide for fashion lovers'. It's shows you how you can do a different kind of haul. A way of refreshing your wardrobe without buying new clothes.