I'm currently working with DeafBlindUk to deliver a series of sensory workshops. My first workshop was based around fresh herbs and was attended by lots of charming gentlemen local to Stratford. We chatted about recipes and folk tales whilst making herbal teas, bouquets and pressing leaves and seeds into air drying clay.
ARTiculate is a project run by Community Focus, facilitating therapeutic arts workshops for young people who are experiencing mental health difficulties. I work as one of the tutors for this project and recently ran a workshop where I taught a variety of mixed media techniques which the students then used to express the cognitive, psychological and behavioural effects they experienced whilst listening to music.
Here's a sneak peak of the prototype I'm working on for the Imperial Collage Health Care charity. The charity have commissioned me to design a creative pack intended for elderly patients to use during their hospital stay. The pack is designed to stimulate, inspire and divert thoughts in a creative and positive way.
I recently delivered a Batik workshop at The Geffrye Museum in partnership with Hackney Arts. The light and spacious building was a treat to work in and the participants were extremely focused! See my events page to book tickets to the next one!
Average Art is an industry focused art magazine focused on drawing attention to self representing artists. I'm very pleased to be featured in their magazine for the second time! They'll be publishing this Batik drawing of mine in their March edition. More of my drawings can be found here.
I had an idea to create textile flags at patients bedsides, working on the elderly care wards across two London hospitals. It proved to be rather successful! The patients were more inclined to take part because there was an overall aim: to make a collaborative string of bunting to decorate the ward with. It was really lovely to see visitors joining in too and really lifted the mood. The fabrics I used were tactile and eye catching and people enjoyed rummaging through the box to choose their favourites.
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.
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.
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.
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.