“As a child I loved to draw, paint and be messy, and not much has changed. I followed a traditional art education journey achieving a diploma, and then I pursued a love for creating characters as a Professional Make up artist for TV and film. After qualifying I worked on low budget projects around the country, developing my understanding for 3D design, mask making and sculpture.
What has always interested me as an artist is expression and process, interpreting ideas and emotions visually. I have always been drawn towards mixed media merging traditional techniques to create something with depth and texture. I love to be tactile and repurpose tools like painting a portrait using glue sticks or old credit cards.
Recently my inspiration has shifted after having my son. He made me realise how accessible art is – there are no rules or restrictions. Watching how much fun he has discovering new skills is hugely rewarding.
The training Creative Minds has given me has been so beneficial. I’m so happy to be a part of such a welcoming community of Artists, who share the same values. The shadowing session was fantastic. It really gave me a great insight into what being a part if Creative Minds is all about. I felt in my element and excited to get more involved.”
“After graduation in 2005, I exhibited textiles and jewellery in galleries and fairs, and artist-led workshops at museums and galleries, participatory installations with the public through drop-in workshops through to working with rural artisans in India and leading textile jewellery workshops in Athens. In 2011 I was invited to create a hand-stitched paper artwork by the NHS for a breast cancer clinic in a local hospital to meet the brief ‘Serenity’. I thoroughly enjoyed creating this work acknowledging how the sensitivity of colour and texture can affect our sense of calm one of the most challenging times.”
“For my final MA project in 2013, I installed an interactive wall of colourful haberdashery, spices and other unexpected materials that I invited visitors to select from off the wall for a spontaneous creative workshop. The experiences were recorded on notes written by each participant and hung on the wall. I have also gained a PTTLS qualification for my work as a textile jewellery tutor in the life-long learning sector.”
“I believe the encouragement of artistic expression can play a crucial part in the physical and mental healing process as it can help raise self-esteem, inspire hope and encourage a joyful attitude to each day. My interest in therapy through creativity has been profoundly deepened by leading workshops for women survivors of human trafficking, local women’s charities, and running workshops for the inaugural Mental Wealth Festival at adult education college City Lit.”
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