A little something about me…

I’ve been making ever since I was small! You could always find me happily absorbed in craft projects; quilling, fimo, decoupage… to name a few. I was always experimenting with different materials melting wax to create flowers! ( not sure how safe that was!), marbling with PVA! I can’t imagine a life without creativity !

I still enjoy experimenting with different materials and craft is still at the heart of what I do, but it`s about making the craft my own and I do that through play and experimentation. I now make jewellery, which I treat like wearable works of art, paper art and installations. After studying a mixed media degree in Fine Art in the friendly city of Cardiff, I moved to London to do a two year MA in Painting at the Royal College of Art. I began my degree by painting, but soon started creating miniature paper installations and by the time I started my MA I was creating room sized textile installations. I now use a mixture of fabric, paper, wood, perspex, which I laser cut to create my work.

I am passionate about spreading the word about how wonderful creativity is! so I do lots of workshops and projects with different communities from school children to adults suffering with mental health difficulties. I have recently completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Integrative Psychotherapy, which I loved!

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New Ghosts- Changing faces…

What an inspirational week! The boys in the tuesday group appeared quite dominant in the first session, but the girls definitely grew in confidence after this session and started to share their ideas more. The monday group flourished and really enjoyed inventing stories around their character…

New Ghosts…..So many possibilities..

I started New Ghosts project last week, so i`m working with two classes at Falinge School in Rochdale for Cartwheel Arts. I`m going to be working with the classes, so the children can produce their own artists book based around myths/legends in Rochdale.

My first two sessions went really well….my tuesday group were very enthusiastic and full to the brim with ideas….the monday group today were more cautious, so i think a completely different approach is needed. We looked at various book artists and discussed what an artist book is…..here are some of the artists we looked at…

Su Blackwell

 Brian Dettmer

 Olafur Elliasson

In both groups i asked them to use their first letter of their first name to create a design that told a story about themselves….there were lots of brilliant ideas…..I thought we`d create an origami book of all our ideas and designs for our final book and this would be the perfect first page.

Pattern Design and Laser cutting in Clitheroe……

We only have two weeks left now, so we have started to look back and think about how much we`ll miss our friday mornings…one group member said,”Coming to this course has made me want to make more things and now i want to do everything!.”

It was our last chance to finish off our designs on friday so we were really busy trying to get everything ready….

We put our necklaces on chains/ cord and they looked amazing!…

For the next two weeks we decided to create an origami book of all our designs over the past ten weeks.