Tuesday, 29 September 2009


So things are coming along nicely at IMperfect. The t-shirts are here and are selling away, there has been a strike - thank you very much royal mail! - so things have been moving slowly, but we're getting there. It was great that we could offer a special 10% discount on all future items of clothing though so the hold up was worth it - i hope! I'm looking forward to pictures of supporters in the t-shirts too, so as soon as they arrive please email them in to smorgan@imperfect.uk.com!

We had a brilliant shoot with Kelly Knox, winner of Britain's missing top model on the weekend also. She was modeling some clothes that have been made out of the IMperfect t-shirts, just for fun and for the website, and we hope we will get the chance to auction some of the beautiful dresses soon too!! The designers/stylists/super genius guys Ross and Joe who made the garments have done the most incredible job, and as soon as the pictures are ready they will be up for you all to admire!!!The photographer Sam was also amazing as always, offering his invaluable services for free to help the cause was amazingly kind, and i just want to thank him, again, for being so great to us - including bumping me up and down the stairs to the inaccessible studio!!

The next step is the biggest and i really can't wait! The ball has started rolling though thanks to the money coming in...the phone line will be set up soon!!!..Its going to take a lot of work and time, and money, but in the end we will get there i'm sure. It will be an emotional support line, that offers support (obviously!!) and an ear for anyone who has suffered discrimination....we aren't going to be offering legal advice, or information as there are lots of helplines out there for that, although we will offer info on where to go if you need that, but really it is simply a place for anyone of any age and any disability to call and have someone to talk to, vent to, cry to or even yell to!! I want to employ disabled councilors as well as non disabled of course to guarantee the best support,and will hopefully one day be in a position to call out for your voluntary services to help man the phones..but that's a way away just now - not long though!!!woohoo!!!

The clothing label is underway also, which is really exciting, and will of course generate the funds needed for the support line, while also spreading the message that we at IMperfect believe in - that we are all unique and beautiful an have the same rights as everyone else!! The clothes will be fun and equally unique, playing with traditional styles and designs as well as manipulating proportion and perception. Some items will be one size fits all, some will be for small, some for tall, some for skinny, some for fat, some for amputee, some for wheelchair people, some for men and some for women but all will be for the IMPERFECT!!!yey!!!

I have also started collecting inspirational stories of people who have stood up against discrimination and fought back. You can see this in the section called, "IMperfect People" on the website. I want to show this to inspire people who have felt that they aren't able to live with the same rights as the next person, to show them what can be done in the face of injustice. But also to simply show that you are not alone, that people continue to suffer, and that things are being done to help establish a change..I also think its important to relay these stories so that people can see how hard things can sometimes be as a disabled person, but that we are not victims in anyway, we are strong and empowered and can take on the world - if we want, need or have to!!so watch out!! hehe!
IMperfect people are examples of disabled people who have implemented big changes in some examples, the incredible Susan Archibald for one, but also live amazing lives, dedicated to altruism, despite the hardships that life has dealt them and if this isn't inspirational well i don't know what is!

It is great to be a part of something that celebrates equality and i hope you are as excited about the future as I am.
Lots of love

Saturday, 12 September 2009


T-Shirts are finally here!!! yeyeyeyey
Soph xx

Tuesday, 8 September 2009

Bits & Bobs

Hi, it has been a while since we were last blogging. Things have been very busy for the IMperfect team!
We are planning clothes, photoshoots, talks with important people, phone lines, support networks, advice, law changes....all sorts!
The latest news is that there is a rumor that Riam and I may be up for an award, but we will keep you posted!!

Other wise, we are still sorting things out, making the campaign the best that it can be. The t-shirts have had to be reordered again and again, to make sure we get the best quality, and they have finally arrived, and the purchasing page is being created for the website, so fingers crossed, things will be up and running this week. We have gathered support from so many wonderful people, and i cant thank you all enough for your messages of congratulations to Riam after she won the case. Unfortunately she didn't win on grounds of direct discrimination as this is very hard to do. It is complicated but basically the law changed after a case a few years ago, Lewisham vs Malcolm ( more info here - http://www.personneltoday.com/articles/2008/07/25/46885/disability-claims-london-borough-of-lewisham-v-malcolm.html)
The ruling meant that the law has stopped seeing disabled people as any different to able bodied people, and while we'd all like to agree with this, at times there is a difference unfortunately, and we need support from the higher powers. Malcolm lost the case, as the courts decided to treat him the same as they would anyone else, but he isn't the same, he is schizophrenic and accordingly he suffers bouts of illness. In one of those difficult times Malcolm subleased his flat as he needed to go for treatment, and required help for his rent. The council threw him out on the grounds that they would throw anyone else who did this out too.
Its complicated i know. But the equality bill is in court at the mo, and we need to raise awareness of the issue's surrounding direct discrimination, so IMperfect are working on how. We'll let you know if we need you!!!

So that's our news for now,
Stay tuned for more excitement soon!