Matryoshka Haus…on the move

Firstly we would like to say a huge THANK YOU to Caroline for all her hard work and great writing for Matryoshka Haus.  She has now returned to the US but we hope to continue the blog to update everyone on our progress with various projects. Thanks for your inspiration Caroline!

We hope to bring you news but also perhaps clearer understanding of our work…and we welcome you to join us. So let’s start with a recent meeting we had to discuss what will hopefully be the new home of Matryoshka Haus.  We were posed a question, what one word reflects your current thoughts about MH…..

The idea of MH offering a ‘home’ rather than just a communal space came through very strongly during our discussions.

Next we considered what really excited us about MH – and so out came the coloured pens…


From this emerged…

…a sense of permanence and legacy in the local area and community

…building a community and meeting new people

….creative space

…supporting new projects and ideas

Ofcourse any good reflection includes what wasn’t so great about where we were (in Shannon’s flat)…

…lack of space and privacy

…noise

but then there were many positives…

…a place that nurtured many individuals and new inspiration

…central location


Looking back I personally have met so many people at Shannon’s old flat but now is the time for us to grow.  For some time the majority of the MH work and drive has come from three very dedicated people: Shannon, Cathers and Andy.  If this is to expand then we recognise that more people are needed to make it happen.

Around the table at the weekend were not so much the visionaries….but the ‘do-ers’.  Our hope is take the ideas of MH and make some of it happen.  And given the number of ideas I think we’ll be happy if even just a fraction get to fly.  We’re setting up a building working group for starters.  We’re thinking plans, structure, budgeting……spreadsheets. Oh yes, spreadsheets.  For those who know Shannon you’ll giggle at the thought of her pouring over a spreadsheet – so we’ve come to take that burden away from her (and Cathers and Andy if they want!) so that she (they) can do what they do best – inspiring us to do what we do.

So exciting times are ahead and we hope to communicate each stage of this fascinating process with you good people.  We will also need your help.