Open Barbers need a new venue!

by openbarbers in London

We did it
On 11th January 2016 we successfully raised £27,657 with 403 supporters in 42 days

Open Barbers is a hair salon that welcomes all genders and sexualities; fundraising to lease and renovate a new location in North London.

by openbarbers in London

New stretch target

We are overfunding! We are absolutely overwhelmed and delighted at the support so far, all your support is so appreciated and we are hugely thankful. Every single penny counts and makes a difference, so here's what extra things we could do if we keep going:

* Ensure that we don't have to rely on other funding sources to cover the final 25% of our costs.

* Subsidise more affordable haircuts for those who are unwaged/on low incomes.


Help us launch a new space led by queer and  trans hairdressers and open to all! In summer 2015, Open Barbers lost our venue to run our affordable hairdressing project open to all genders and sexualities. Throughout autumn we searched frantically for an accessible and affordable space, but in London this has felt almost impossible to find. We are delighted to announce that after many long days and nights, the search is over, and we have found the perfect place. It’s accessible, it’s spacious and it’s affordable! But it needs a lot of work. We need to raise £25,000. It sounds ambitious, but if all of our followers on social media just gave £5, we would hit the target! Our new space will be open 7 days a week, and in a time where so many LGBTQ friendly spaces are closing down, this space will not only provide affordable social space for haircuts, tea, and fanzines, but will boost our capacity to increase our services and host other social entrepreneurs.

What do we need the money for? The total we need to raise is £25,000, which is 75% of the total cost of our refurbishment. We have received quotes from builders, plasterers, decorators, electricians and plumbers, and we have roughly categorised their estimations below: - £16,500 to build an accessible toilet, a private room for haircuts and other holistic uses, and to resurface and decorate the entire space. - £9,100 upfront legal fees and leasing costs - £7,500 new furnishings for the space to increase our salon services and socialising area. A rent free period from the Landlord and investment of additional funds into the refurbishment will make up the remaining 25%

What rewards are we offering? Of course, the main reward is supporting the existence of a new hair salon and social space, open to all, and designed for the comfort and well-being of queer, trans and non-binary folks! But it’s also nice to get something more personal too, so these are the kinds of rewards we can offer thanks to the generosity of our clients and supporters:- Chances to meet the amazing, queer and pleasant danger that is Kate Bornstein! - Experiences! – Nails, make up tutorials, drumming lessons, driving lessons, Jamology, dance classes, a personal training session- Creative objects! – badges, stickers, CD’s, t-shirts, books, your own cat as a tattoo, exclusive editions from Jeremy Deller.Prefer to donate in cash? You can contribute to our Crowdfunder bucket at the salon when you come for a haircut and take a badge away with you as a reward. Rudy Loewe T-Shirt design, £30 (Colours may vary)

Pictured above: 3 examples of Jeremy Deller's unique edition of 5, 'Untitled' featuring neolithic arrowheads that were used in the Venice Biennale British Pavilion, 2013. £500 each, exact rewards will be decided at the end of the Crowdfunder.Who are Open Barbers? Open Barbers is a hairdressing social enterprise welcoming people of any gender, sexuality, hair type and hair length. The co-Directors are Felix Lane, Greygory Vass and we are joined by part-time stylists Richard Houguez and Solomon. We started as a pop up back in 2011, in response to the difficulties we and others have faced getting a respectful haircut that is congruent with our identities. Our pricing policy is sliding scale which means it is not only gender neutral but also fair and within the income means of each client. Demand for our project has grown so much that in 2013 we went full time and started renting a small room within another hair salon. We now have over 2000 clients, 6000 social media followers, we offer over 75 appointments a week, we are 100% fully booked every day and our waiting list is often over 2 weeks long. We clearly need to expand in every way!What makes Open Barbers unique?“Sitting in the red chair at Open Barbers hair salon, I am looking in the mirror at my stylist Greygory and myself in amazement. I finally did it; my hair finally matches my new Imam Butch Boi look for 2015…It can be a battle sometimes to come out as a Muslim lesbian in the mainstream lesbian community.” – Rose Saddique, DIVA magazine, March 2015.“From the booking process to walking out on to the street with my fresh, dapper hair, the experience was an absolute pleasure…. I walked out of Open Barbers not only loving my haircut but also feeling a bit of a buzz about the place, how it’s run, how it came about, and eager to return.” - Charlie, clientI really like how they describe the certain effects of certain haircutting processes without ascribing gender to things, so in a way that opens up the possibilities of how you can choose to express yourself through hair.” – Sophie, client

Follow us:website: openbarbers.co.uk Tumblr: openbarbers.tumblr.com Facebook: facebook.com/openbarbers Twitter: @OpenBarbers Instagram: @openbarbers

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£5 or more

£5 Reward

Pledge £5 or above without claiming a reward, and instead take this message as a huge hug and thank you from us all!

£5 or more

£5 Reward

1 RAFFLE TICKET to win: KATE BORNSTEIN A chance to meet Aunty Kate (Bornstein) after the show if you win these 2 tickets to the opening night of Kate Bornstein's performance 'Men, Women and the Rest of Us' at Soho Theatre on 23rd February http://sohotheatre.com/whats-on/kate-bornstein-on-men-women-and-the-rest-of-us/

£5 or more

£5 Reward

An Open Barbers logo badge and an Open Barbers logo sticker.

£10 or more

£10 Reward

1 RAFFLE TICKET to win: KATE BORNSTEIN A chance to spend a day with Aunty Kate (Bornstein) if you win 1 place on 'My Gender Workshop', a life changing, full day course in South West London on 13th February 2015, PLUS a signed book. (Tickets worth £100 not yet on sale). http://www.queerhearted.com/kate-bornstein.html

£10 or more

8 of 15 claimed

£10 Reward

Handmade sew on patch made by Hannah Daisy, with our 'MY GENDER IS MINE TO DECIDE' slogan on. https://www.instagram.com/makedaisychains/

£10 or more

£10 Reward

A 'My Gender Is Mine To Decide' badge and sticker, and a special badge designed by our artist in residence Amy Pennington.

£15 or more

4 of 10 claimed

£15 Reward

Mini fanzine bundle: 'Soof Rates' and 'How to be an Anarchist' by Soofiya http://www.soofiya.com/ (fanzines not featured on the website)

£15 or more

2 of 3 claimed

£15 Reward

1 new copy of the long awaited issue #5 of Little Joe, a magazine about queers and cinema, mostly. Catch it before it sells out like most Little Joe goodies do! http://www.littlejoemagazine.com/

£15 or more

3 of 40 claimed

£15 Reward

An exclusive mix CD made by Wild Thing DJ Joe Pop. Joe's CD is a dance-able, upbeat retro mix of raunchy rhythm and blues and rock n roll of the 50's, swinging girl groups and soul of the 60's and spiky punk rock of the 70's.

£15 or more

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£15 Reward

An exclusive mix CD from the Unskinny Bop DJ's.

£15 or more

0 of 40 claimed

£15 Reward

An exclusive mix CD made by Wotever DJ Jo Bunny. Sing along to a mix of party tunes & floor fillers from 60's through the decades. Pop, Rock, R & B, Motown, disco, dance and classic 80's! Now That's What I Call Bunny Music!

£15 or more

£15 Reward

'Pay It Forward'. Donate a haircut to someone who can't afford our sliding scale average price of £20. Your donation will help to subsidise our 'Affordable Appointment Scheme' which offers 5 haircuts per week for £2 - 10.

£20 or more

3 of 7 claimed

£20 Reward

1 limited edition print or poster by Soofiya selected randomly from this range: http://soofiya.com/Anarchist-ish-Posters

£20 or more

0 of 2 claimed

£20 Reward

Risographed David Bowie print by Soofiya. http://www.soofiya.com/Bowie-Poster

£20 or more

£20 Reward

Haircut Gift Voucher - buy a gift voucher for a haircut for you or for a friend, matching our average sliding scale haircut price of £20 per haircut. Or pay more if you can! (Please note these will not be received until February 2016)

£25 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£25 Reward

1 signed copy of the new children’s book ‘Are You a Boy or Are You a Girl?’ by Fox Fisher and Sarah Savage https://www.facebook.com/areyouboyorgirl

£25 or more

12 of 20 claimed

£25 Reward

Strike! magazine goody bag! Featuring 6 issues of Strike!, stickers, badges, and pamphlets. http://strikemag.org/

£30 or more

3 of 5 claimed

£30 Reward

1 signed copy of 'A Girl Called Jack: 100 Budget-busting, delicious recipes' by Jack Monroe http://cookingonabootstrap.com/the-books/

£30 or more

2 of 1 claimed

£30 Reward

1 signed copy of 'Trans: A Memoir' by Juliet Jacques. "A moving memoir and insightful examination of transgender politics." http://www.versobooks.com/books/1975-trans

£30 or more

0 of 1 claimed

£30 Reward

1 signed copy of Making Trouble: Life and Politics by original mischief Lynne Segal https://books.google.co.uk/books/about/Making_Trouble.html?id=wikqAAAAYAAJ&redir_esc=y

£30 or more

57 of 100 claimed

£30 Reward

An exclusive Open Barbers t-shirt designed by our artist in residence Amy Pennington. http://www.amypennington.co.uk/

£30 or more

32 of 100 claimed

£30 Reward

Exclusive Rudy Loewe t-shirt, designed especially for Open Barbers. http://rudyloewe.tumblr.com/ (Photo featured in project description - colours may vary)

£30 or more

0 of 2 claimed

£30 Reward

1 signed copy of the 2011 edition of 'Normal Life' by Dean Spade. http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/8251053-normal-life

£30 or more

3 of 3 claimed

£30 Reward

1 signed copy of the 2015 revised edition of 'Normal Life' by Dean Spade. https://www.dukeupress.edu/normal-life-revised

£40 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£40 Reward

1 limited edition 'Smash' poster by Soofiya: http://soofiya.com/Smash-Poster

£40 or more

5 of 6 claimed

£40 Reward

Jamology™ with The Butch Institute! An illustrated introduction to jam making with a practical demonstration and a sample to take home. All ingredients provided, no specialist equipment necessary. Become a Jamologist! This workshop takes place on the evening of 12th February 2016. www.thebutchinstitute.co.uk

£40 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£40 Reward

A 1:1 session with queer, trans and non-binary friendly personal trainer Becca Knapp who specialises in personal training, bespoke workouts and nutritional guidance. http://www.trainwithbecca.com/

£40 or more

7 of 10 claimed

£40 Reward

Stage make up: group tutorial with expert make up artist Darren Evans, to be held in February 2016.

£40 or more

6 of 15 claimed

£40 Reward

Fanzine making workshop: a group session with artist/writer/educator Linda Stupart, who teaches at LCC, and is a PhD student at Goldsmiths. This will take place at the end of February or the start of March. http://lindastupart.net/

£40 or more

3 of 10 claimed

£40 Reward

Make up for everyday wear: a group tutorial with expert make up artist Umber Ghauri. This workshop will be happening on 4th February 2016. http://brownbeautystandards.com/

£40 or more

6 of 20 claimed

£40 Reward

Set of 3 exclusive mix CD's; from Unskinny Bop, DJ Joe Pop, and DJ Jo Bunny.

£40 or more

3 of 4 claimed

£40 Reward

A relaxing, queer and trans friendly, 30 minute massage at a location of your choice with Cecile Campagne.

£50 or more

11 of 20 claimed

£50 Reward

Join designer, illustrator and art director Kate Moross in a group 2 hour workshop learning hand drawn lettering techniques at Kate’s studio in Stockwell. All levels, ages and experiences welcome! Each reward includes a personalised signed book and a print to go home with at the end of the day. Date: Saturday 13th February 2016 website: http://www.katemoross.com/

£50 or more

3 of 6 claimed

£50 Reward

Nail Transphobia nails session with Charlie Craggs, hosted at Open Barbers. http://nailtransphobia.com/

£80 or more

1 of 2 claimed

£80 Reward

1:1 Drag make up tutorial with Victoria Sin. Tutorials can take place on 6th or 20th February 2016. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VJYaq_XnjaQ

£80 or more

2 of 5 claimed

£80 Reward

A place on a small group workshop on BSL awareness led by interpreter Rebecca Hinks and with input from Deaf trainers. Learn about how to be more welcoming of Deaf people in your workplace, organising and daily life.

£80 or more

3 of 4 claimed

£80 Reward

One to one drumming lesson in London for 1.5 hours with musician Jaca Freer. All abilities welcome, from beginners to advanced. Jaca plays in a number of bands, including Colour Me Wednesday and Ay Carmela. The lesson can take place in a fully accessible venue.

£80 or more

3 of 3 claimed

£80 Reward

1 place on an 8 week dance class of your choosing led by Europe’s first gender-neutral and body positive dance studio, Irreverent Dance. Commencing in March 2016, the classes include ballet, swing, commercial, ballroom and more. http://www.irreverentdance.co.uk/

£150 or more

3 of 4 claimed

£150 Reward

Your own personal portrait sitting in a London location! Amy Pennington will draw your portrait and have it framed for you. http://www.amypennington.co.uk/

£190 or more

0 of 1 claimed

£190 Reward

A bespoke tattoo of a cat head designed with your input / from your photos by the brilliant Dexter Kay, a queer, trans and non-binary friendly tattoo artist based at King of Hearts, London. Examples of Dexter’s work can be seen on Felix’s arms and legs and here: http://www.dexterkay.com/ The tattoo would normally cost up to £220.

£200 or more

0 of 1 claimed

£200 Reward

10 hours of driving lessons in London with queer and trans friendly, BSM qualified driving instructor Hamish MacDonald of Open Roads.

£500 or more

4 of 5 claimed

£500 Reward

A very exciting opportunity to own a limited edition artwork by 2004 Turner Prize winning artist Jeremy Deller. These 5 editions of 'Untilited' feature neolithic arrow heads which formed part of Deller's British Pavillion at Venice Biennale in 2013. http://venicebiennale.britishcouncil.org/people/reference/jeremy-deller 3 examples of this unique edition of 5 can be viewed in the project description. Exact rewards offered will be decided at the end of the Crowdfunder.

£1,000 or more

0 of 2 claimed

£1,000 Reward

A special college, corporate or charity reward; a day long gender and sexuality awareness workshop provided by Felix and Greygory. An example of a training session with Camden Working Men's College (WMC) can be viewed here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nECW8K-A5Jk

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