The hairy team isn’t your usual set up! We’re made up of artists who work according to our own individual physical and mental needs, but who try to be there for each other at a communal art studio. We are flexible in participation in order for us to support each other alongside pursuing recovery and art.
If you’re interested in working with us here, come along to a workshop and we can go from there. We focus on using art, fashion and community, to live with mental and physical challenges together. This spans all aspects of humanity- with artists in our studio living with depression, anxiety, PTSD, sexual abuse trauma, eating disorders, ASD, psychosis, mood disorders, physical disabilities, M.E, and various other labels and diagnoses, some of which are helpful, some that are just confusing and some that are stigmatising. These things can been seen as disorders or superpowers, that’s up to each individual human to chose what’s best for them.
We are especially keen to meet those who are looking to receive and give to a community, by being present a few times a month, or regularly at our studio in Bristol BS161DN. The number of Hairy members present in the studio on any given day is currently between 1 and 6. We are using the next 6 months to work on creating a stable community where there’s always someone here on any given day to be there for any other member and break isolation. We’re not working to create a large community, but a valuable one.
Meet the team
"BOSS FRIEND" Sarah
Sarah’s the boss, she owns the business, directs jobs, and generally steers the ship. She’s in the studio 2-3 days a week, until her kids are a bit older at which point she can work more days. But don’t be fooled, she’s no part timer- she fits 5days worth of work in to those two days which can be a challenge. A good chunk of the designs in store are designed and made by Sarah, made to order, with the help of the hairy team who are training and growing towards various Hairy adventures. Custom orders are also organised by Sarah who can select the strongest Hairy artist for each custom painting job.
"THE GURU" Aimee
Aimee is the guru for the very simple reason that she has so many answers to questions big and small. Aimee paints in a very similar way to Sarah, so is her go-to co-painter, as together they can whip out weekly website orders or 150 wholesale garments in one day together, and still love each other as a strong team by 5pm. One of Aimee’s super powers is pet portraits! At the end of August, Aimee had her first baby, so is now on a flexible maternity leave according to her wants and needs.Aimee brings animal therapy to WAHP through Gerry the gorgeous doggo!
"RESIDENT KNOME" Naomi
As an incredibly friendly nature lover, our little gnome Naomi brings all the cute and cheeky positivity she can to the studio. Often creating thrifted one off pieces with magical puns and meaningful items or animals, her pieces get snapped up quick! One of her super powers is the ability to rename everything with a new and creative vocabulary, bring fun and vibrance to the mundane. Naomi is now heading up the social enterprise at WAHP, to allow Sarah to expand and focus on the business to create a stable funding for the social enterprising projects.
Naomi has created 2 new art therapy outreach programmes, due to start once gatherings are safe in the UK. The first is a focused closed and intimate group, with committed weekly members working on using art to pursue recovery. The second is weekly drop in sessions to allow flexible space for organic art therapy and community.
"CHESHIRE CAT" Missy
Our amazing marathon giggler Missy is the go-to artist for pieces that are fantastical, mystical and magical, dropping the usual WAHP illustrations for wild painterly masterpieces. Amazed by the world and with a beautiful enjoyment of the weird and wonderful, she brings joy everywhere she goes.
Our clicky little grasshopper Emily, leaps through the world snapping and capturing all the beauty that is often overlooked and under appreciated. She fights for bringing self love, self esteem and a sense of belonging to every shoot, capturing blinding beauty and spreading the hairy love. She’s taking a short rest at the moment, ready to come back soon.
"THE SHERIF" Andrea
Our teeniest tiniest hairy, the greatest and fiercest of friends. The love you get from this one is loyal and strong, and she fights for what’s right. Currently finishing her teaching uni course in Plymouth but will be back in Bristol soon, and we are dying to have her back in the studio where she belongs. You’ll still see a few things of hers around as she paints remotely.
“ANGEL WINGS” Meg
As saintly as they come, Meg is our peace bringer. Always relaxed and happy, she’s the essential antidote in every room. When she’s not creating heavenly masterpieces, she’s caring for others, bringing art in to various other isolated places.
We will keep this page updated every 3-6 months, hopefully showing good progress in growing our community.
We have had an amazing year so far connecting together. Our personal and group reviews & evaluations in August showed a huge satisfaction, appreciation and sense of belonging for the majority of the team, that this project is helping financially and emotionally, everyone feels safe and there have been no negative issues that need attention.
If you or anyone you know would like to see what it’s like here or send us referrals through a local organisation, please help us to connect! We’re looking for Bristol based individuals who can see benefiting from some or all aspects of what we offer.