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Listen: Yodomo founder & CEO Sophie Rochester on BBC Radio London

"We're seeing an  explosion of workshops in the real world. A shift away from digital culture, people are keen to use their hands and minds to craft and make products to take home, often coined the ‘welldoing’ revolution." 

Sophie Rochester, Yodomo

Yodomo founder and CEO Sophie Rochester featured as a guest on BBC Radio London to discuss the benefits of craft and making. Appearing on the Jo Good show, Sophie was joined by Yodomo instructors Ranjit Dhaliwal, ceramist and found of Studio Ranj and Emma Sibley, founder of London Terrariums.

Listen to the radio show (interview - 1h08m-1h27m)

During the interview, Sophie discusses the vision behind Yodomo, her vision for bringing craft courses to everyone and the benefits that online learning provides.

On discussing why they make and teach, our instructors share their insights on their craft: what drives them to make and share their skills through teaching workshops.

“I changed from my other job to terrariums as I enjoyed being surrounded by plants and they have a real therapeutic quality to them, making terrariums is a very relaxing and mindful activity.”

Emma Sibley, founder of London Terrariums

“I’m genuinely passionate about and inspired by the ceramic process and clay as a material. I enjoy seeing my students sharing my enthusiasm and using the skills that I teach them to express themselves with clay”.
Ranjit Dhaliwal, Studio Ranj ceramics

Listen to the radio show (interview - 1h08m-1h27m)

The broadcast, which took place during Mental Health Awareness Week, follows a recent surge in research exploring the relationship between making and mental well-being.

Research complied by the Crafts Council indicates that craft can alleviate the symptoms of anxiety, depression, loneliness and even dementia. Whilst results from the recent BBC Arts Great British Creativity Test, in which 50,000 people took part, suggest that being creative can help avoid stress, free up mind space and improve self-development, which helps build self-esteem.

Feeling inspired to get making? Get started with one of Yodomo’s free courses

Or attend one of our free charcoal drawing and poster making workshops, as part of Clerkenwell Design Week, 21st - 23rd May.