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Humans of Petit – Elise

What made you want to volunteer?

Elise I volunteered because after my University degree in Furniture and Product Design I found it very hard to get any replies from furniture design jobs due to the fact all the designing is now done via CAD. I was traditionally trained which is why I chose the course in the first place, I drew by hand and made by hand. This lead me to volunteer and Petit Miracles I needed some form of furniture creation to keep me using my hands.

How would you describe Petit Miracle Interiors?

Petit Miracles is a really nice place to be, the shop and workshop are bright and clean, everyone who works there is really friendly and helpful. The environment is relaxed which means cracking on with some upcycling is very therapeutic and enjoyable.

Have you developed new skills whilst volunteering?

I have learnt how to look at old furniture in a different way before I would chop it up and use the wood to make something new, but it has taught me to appreciate the original design, even when it is not my taste.

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Upcycling in W12 with Petit Miracles – An inspired Mother’s day present – Guest Blog

In the days before the word upcycling had been dreamt of, I was hard at work with a paintbrush, slapping the wrong paint onto unprepared surfaces, covering walls and furniture with wonkily aligned stencilling and generally making everyone wish I’d just left things alone.

This is what my son Ben was channelling when he booked me into an upcycling workshop. He got the idea past my creative sensitivities by saying it was a belated Mother’s Day treat.

Arriving for the workshop

And so we turned up for one of the Saturday workshops at the Petit Miracles hub in Shepherds Bush’s W12 Shopping Centre. Our little group had grown to four with daughter Georgina and Ben’s girlfriend Kirsty, also keen to release their hidden upcycler.  Read more

Humans of Petit: Federico

My name is Federico and I am from a town just outside of Rome. I recently completed a degree in Furniture Design. The qualification involved all the stages from initial concept of a piece, right through to creation. I was offered to come to England on a 6 month internship through my college and was placed at Petit Miracles.

Here, I have learned more about commercialisation in the furniture industry but also have had the chance to learn and use different materials I had never used before; different types of paint, finishes, oils and stains. On top of all of this, I am also slowly improving my English!

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Humans of Petit: Abdul

Abdul is currently on a 6-month placement with Petit Miracles. Originally from Italy, Abdul studied furniture design with a specialized focus on construction. After 5 years studying he has decided to throw himself, not only into a working environment but also into another country, test what he has learnt.

Within a short period of time he has developed an understanding of customer needs, standards, the demands and deadlines associated with the industry.

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Chiswick Buzz Features New Petit Miracle Hub

New article and video:

A new pop-up shop has opened in Shepherds Bush which inspires local kitchen table businesses and gives them a brilliant outlet for their work. Petit Miracles launched with a sparkling event which attracted a large crowd see the unique creativity on display.

Petit miracles from Localbuzz Media Network on Vimeo.

http://www.chiswickbuzz.net/all-videos/80-community/382-petit-miracles-inspires-local-businesses

Thanks for featuring us Chiswick Buzz!

Petit Miracle Hub Launch – News release

Our new enterprise at West 12 is far from petit – Pop-up retailers have taken over kiosks in shopping centre

A new and exciting way of shopping, bringing local and independent entrepreneurs closer to London shoppers, has arrived in Shepherd’s Bush.

Our Petit Miracles Hub, an incubator for business owners from Hammersmith and Fulham, opened at West 12 shopping centre on Thursday 4 December, providing a communal space for 20 emerging businesses.

Entrepreneurs who are members of the hub and sell their products from the space.

Entrepreneurs who are members of the hub and sell their products from the space.

Located on the first floor of the shopping centre, The Hub has welcomed business owners who have set up shop at specially designed kiosks, offering products ranging from candles, chocolates and cushions to fashion and jewellery.

Patrizia Galeota, Founder and Director of SensiChic Limited, who has rented a kiosk at the Hub, said: “It’s always been an ambition of mine to run my own business and I needed to change my work/life balance after the birth of my son. I wanted to develop something I could do from home and that would generate an income as well as offering the flexibility I needed as a mother.

The Petit Miracles Hub, with all its stall owners and founder in attendence, in the West12 shopping Centre in Shepherd's Bush opend to the public for the first time. Founder Elisicia Moore (black dress) with Dawn Newton (paterned blue dress). Photography

“The Petit Miracles Hub is such an incredible initiative that will give entrepreneurs like myself an important stepping stone into retail; there really should be more projects like this up and down the country.”

The Hub provides a new shopping experience for visitors to West 12, where they can browse beautifully created items and speak to the people with the ideas behind them.

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Totalling 6,000 sq ft, our Petit Miracles Hub is the brain-child of the West 12 management team and our Director, Elisicia Moore, a passionate social entrepreneur and a self-confessed upcycling enthusiast who already owns the Hub’s sister store located at West 12, Petit Miracles Interiors.

The Petit Miracles Hub, with all its stall owners and founder in attendence, in the West12 shopping Centre in Shepherd's Bush opend to the public for the first time. Founder Elisicia Moore (black dress) with Dawn Newton (paterned blue dress). Photography

It houses innovative meeting areas including a garden shed and presentation areas, as well as a DJ booth and café.

Elisicia said: “The Hub will provide a great opportunity for people looking to trial a business or take it to the next level. We are so passionate about creating a fun and inspirational space where people can learn and succeed independently while being able to learn skills and different approaches from others around them.

“The rates are significantly lower than normal high street business rates. This was important as often these high rates are prohibiting amazing entrepreneurs from taking their first step onto the business ladder. The Hub will get people and their great services and products in front of shoppers in a cost effective way.”

We offer the 20 available spaces first to early-stage entrepreneurs based in Hammersmith and Fulham who either have a registered company or are soon to register.

Left to right - Carl Meale (Land Securities), Councillor Ben Coleman (London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham) and Elisicia Moore (Petit Miracles)

Left to right – Carl Meale (Land Securities), Councillor Ben Coleman (London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham) and Elisicia Moore (Petit Miracles)

Carl Meale, Centre Manager of West 12, said: “We are proud to have worked in conjunction with Petit Miracles to create such a pioneering concept. The Hub is a fantastic platform for showcasing local entrepreneurship. Not only will it introduce fresh, local talent into the retail industry via the business incubation model but The Hub will be a new creative centre for West 12 and Shepherds Bush.”

All photos by Fergus Burnett – www.fergusburnett.com

To find out more, or to become a member/ seller at the Hub – click here

If you would like to visit download the flyer here

Download this release –

Petit Miracles Hub – press release Word doc

Petit Miracles Hub – press release PDF

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