Welcome to Co Worker Of The Month at Super+Super HQ Brighton
As part of a series of blog posts to mark our 1 year Anniversary celebrations AND International Womens Day S+S are excited to launch our co worker of the month feature! Each month we will showcase the exceptional talents of the many guys and dolls that frequent our flexible co working space.
First up is Izzie Roffe-Silvester, language tutor, sustainable design MA and one of the creative brains behind the Brighton Repair Cafe!
What are your Super skills?
I’m still working on developing my superpowers but on a day to day basis I’m a freelance language tutor, I up-cycle clothes and jewellery, I run workshops on ethical fashion and I’m also partial to bit of illustration. At the same time I’m studying an MA in Sustainable Design at the University of Brighton and help to run the friendly ‘Brighton repair café’ alongside two of my course mates, encouraging people to get fixing their broken objects.
What brought you to Co-Working?
I was lucky enough to win a competition in connection with the University entrepreneurship program, Beepurple, which gives me one day a week of co-working space at Super+Super for the next year. I fancied working alongside other creatives in an inspiring environment and the studio here offered the perfect co-working hub.
What benefits do you feel an office away from home provides to your professional practice?
As much as I like the idea of working at home in my pyjamas curled up on the sofa, the reality is that I wouldn’t get anything done. I find it more motivating working away from home, especially when you have a lunchtime walk along the sea front to look forward to. The light and cosy studio with Radio 6 music playing in the background, balanced with the busyness of interesting people coming and going makes it a friendly and relaxed place to work.
Any tips for a happy and creative freelancer?
I’m still learning the tricks of the trade in freelancing, but I would recommend setting yourself clear, realistic goals and a weekly timetable. Mix up your days with different tasks so that you stay motivated. Take breaks outside, especially if the sun is out! Keep people updated on your progress so that they can give you advice and at the same time it will enable you to think about your own plans.
What is your favourite tea/coffee/cake combo?!
I’m a coffee lover and I usually pop to the nearby Red Roaster café for my daily dose of magic. My favourite coffee is a Macchiato; which comes from the Italian word meaning ‘stained’ (little Italian lesson there for you), so essentially it is an espresso stained with a drop of frothy milk. We drink loads of yummy tea here and the freshly baked cakes always taste super good.
Tell us three things, people or places that make you smile and feel inspired.
The seaside- I’ve always been an ocean lover; seaside walks, ice cream, swimming, snorkelling, marine life, dozing off in the sun with a book in my hand, people playing in the waves, fish and chips…hmmm
Travel and nature programs- They never fail to inspire me and give me itchy feet to go travelling. They also inspire my creativity.
Italy- A country of gorgeous food, friends, beauty, mystery, charm, humour and chaos. I lived there for a while and venture back when I can to soak up some of the dolce vita.