Such a great turn out last Saturday at TOC . I delivered a Batik workshop to 30 participants of all ages, backgrounds and abilities as part of their monthly Open Arts sessions. Couples, young illustrators, families and friends all working along side one another making beautiful wax drawings in the ancient and inspiring space.
This year 8 class had spent the first term of the year learning all about recycling. Their teacher wanted to give them a treat for all their hard work and so I delivered a workshop to help them transform their trash to treasure. We made beautiful flowers from plastic bottles and paper beads from magazines.
I recently worked with the after school arts club at Highgate Secondary School. The students turned drawing on its head - in some cases literally! Using alternative parts of the body to create great big group drawings.
This was a 3 week project for 12 adult participants. I introduced participants to various Batik techniques including working with different fabrics and dye, methods of applying wax to achieve different design effects, working on different scales, removal of the wax and fixing of the dye. The class was hugely energetic and I recieved some lovely feedback.
One of the wards that I work on in Charing Cross hospital has recently moved to a much bigger, brighter space on the 5th floor. I have been making use of the large communal room they now have - it makes a huge difference that the patients can sit as a group and enjoy the creative workshops together. This week we did some silk painting alongside stamping messages onto blank post cards to send to friends and relatives.
I'm currently running a Textiles course for young people aged 13-18 who have mental health problems. This week the students selected Iconic imagery to transfer onto plain fabric which they then customised with fabric paints, stitching and applique before sewing into cushions.
I facilitate the monthly Open Arts Sessions for The Old Church in Stoke Newington. This session reflected on the unique formations of individual snowflakes. Participants made their own snowflakes -cutting geometric shapes from old clothes and scraps of fabrics, then using a laminator machine to bind their creations together. We also used rock salt and watercolors to paint frosty landscapes.
I've been working on a sensory textiles project in a care home with people who are living with Dementia. Through spending time with the participants in their own environment and getting to know them individual, the work had progressed into a series of 'sensory cushions', full of tactile elements such as beads, buttons, furry fabrics and pockets. These additional elements can be therapeutic for 'busy' hands.
I have been taking a series of tile making classes with Matthew Raw of RAW Ceramics - a highly experienced practicioner who has recently completed a V&A residency - to widen my knowledge and experience of clay work.
I now deliver regular one to one creative bedside workshops to patients on a number of wards in both St Mary's Hospital and in Charring Cross Hospital. The wards I work on specialize in Elderly care and the capabilities of individuals differs greatly. The sessions are highly focused towards sensory stimulation and involve scents, tactile materials and inspirational imagery along with basic arts materials to use. For this session, we focused on winter, using star punches and letter stamps to increase hand mobility.
This month I have been using low cost or recycled materials to experiment with printing. I have worked with numerous groups to make T-Shirts, wallpaper and cushions all using items such as plastic bottles and milk cartons, paper doilies, corrugated card, hand made stencils and food containers, combined with paints / fabric paints.
I have recently done some silk painting workshops in various settings including for a collage open day and a for care home. Participants have enjoyed both the sensation of applying the dyes to the silk and the aesthetic effects of the translucent fabric against natural light.
Girl Guides were running a special event for their youngest members - the Rainbows (5-7's). They were looking for a variety of new experiences to offer the Rainbows. The theme for the day was about getting outdoors and exploring the natural world. I facilitated a 2 hour outdoor workshop using reeds, wild flowers, watercolours and model birds for 60 x Rainbows.
I regularly facilitate the monthly Open Arts sessions at TOC. These sessions are open for all ages and abilities to attend. This months session was based around Mixed Media Portraits, using inks and bleach, candles and watercolours and oil pastels.
Radley College hold an annual cultural day and this year they celebrated africa. Along side talks, discussion, dance and drama, I delivered African Image Making workshops for 250 students aged 14-16.
Cubitt is a community arts organisation based in Islington. I worked with Cubitt on their annual Art Picnic held on Islington Green. It was particularly focused towards over 55's but was open to the general public for all to enjoy and join in with. A live Jazz band played intermittently. Painters and dancers responded visually to the music - the painters worked on large paper, taping brushes to long sticks. The dancers moved through the park as a group, moving spontaneously but yet still synchronised. It was a really special event.
This week at Claremont we explored acrylics using pallet knives. Working loosely to the theme of cityscapes, with limited materials, the individual works were remarkably different!
I was commissioned by Lubavitch Children's Centre to create a mural for a large wall inside their centre in collaboration with the children who attend the centre. I facilitated workshops where the children made 3D flowers from paper cups and painted them bright colours. We then created a back drop using leaves as stencils and sponge painting over them in various shades of brown onto large sheets of this card. I pinned the 3D flowers onto the board and now the mural is on display in the entrance of the centre for everyone to view.
This month Average Arts Magazine has published a piece of my work - a line drawing inspired by an old family photograph.
Average Art Magazine is an industry focused art magazine with the goal of drawing attention to self representing artists.
This was a great photography workshop focused towards capturing a split second moment using water droplets colored with paints. We also used water balloons and pins which was great fun. This was part of a 6 week Media Arts project that I assisted on held at Holborn Community Association. The project was run by The London Lens Project and was open for 11-16's to take part in.
I used freshly cut reeds from Clapton pond, dipped into ink for an over 55's drawing class at The Claremont Project. I cut the ends of the reeds (towards the root) with a scissors on various different angles to create a calligraphy style drawing tools. The reeds can be used time and time again but when they are fresh they absorb more ink and flows nicely onto the paper.
In celebration of the Woodberry Wetlands - a newly opened local reservour and nature reserve - I facilitated a Wetlands themed session for the Open Art workshops at The Old Church. Activities included drawing with reeds and inks and creating wire birds with fabric feathers.
I was the lead facilitator for a Layered Drawings workshop at The Old Church – a Community Arts venue in Stoke Newington. I based the session on my own drawing style and methods, guiding around 30 participants of all ages through various drawing exercises. I used inspirational photographs from events and projects, which had taken place in the building as subject matter, then the artworks were hung in the space for everyone to enjoy.
I assist on the after school ceramics classes at 1A Arts - part of Holborn Community Association. The children (aged 6-11 year olds) are able to learn lots of different skills and techniques whilst being creatively free in the decision making process in terms of design. The group and their work is hugely imaginative and inspiring!
I spend Monday afternoons assisting the over 55's arts workshops which are run by Cubitt Arts at The Claremont Centre. This was a three week project based on creating Zines to be displayed at the Cubitt summer ball which this year is themed around comics.
This is a clay figure I created on The Claremont Centre Arts Therapy Portfolio Building course. This exercise was to intuitively explore and represent the human body through clay. This was a ten week course that introduced me to numerous group exercises for therapeutic arts.
Breathe was a three week community arts festival in Stoke Newington. I assisted on the facilitation of windmill making workshops with various community groups. The windmils were then displayed in the grounds of The Old Church and participants from the workshops were invited to a celebration ceremony to enjoy their collaborative art work together.