You know when you suddenly realise what you love, what you never tire of, what you can’t live without? Yes? Well, mine is books; reading them, making them, reading about them. That just about sums up my passion: BOOKS-especially- handmade books. At home I’m happiest working on my latest creation. I use drawing, painting, printing, creative lettering, embroidery, fabric collage, applique, making embellishments, using pockets & pull outs, fabric dyeing, felting and any other techniques that I learn.
Guess you could call me a “mixed media book artist”. Sometimes I work with groups in the community to make books & other textile works. All my work involves stories, words and images so, I teach creative writing, creative journaling, making books. Whoop, whoop!
Please see my facebook page
If you or your community group or students would like to learn any of these skills or ask for my help in making books then please contact me on 07717415952. Tailor made courses can be developed in line with your needs.
At the moment I am teaching an “Introduction to Textiles” course and a “Creative Journalling” course for “Arts on Prescription,” an initiative run by Pendle Borough Council that provides art classes for people who have mental health issues. Please see the arts on prescription blog:
My other work with has been with hard to reach communities, women’s groups, homeless young people, people with mental health issues, elder groups. I tend to facilitate collaborative projects that build on communication skills, negotiation & planning. This helps individuals build confidence, relationships and experience the creative process and above all have fun.
Sometimes I work in schools: primary, secondary & pupil referral units. The projects have focused on creative learning, literacy, outdoor learning, co-construction of learning, PHSE & family learning. The projects have included: making large books, making grass sculptures, environmental sculpture, creating trails.
Projects can be documented by photographs and video if requested. Blogs can be written to document the creative process too.
Among the organisations that I have worked with are Creative Partnerships, Curious Minds, MidPennine Arts, Cartwheel Arts, Barnardo’s.
Please also see the Project Pride Nelson Blog that outlines how I worked with a group of young people on a local history project. A film of the project can also be seen
Lastly, I am available for creative therapy sessions with individuals, this uses various creative arts to facilitate the therapeutic process and can involve therapeutic journalling, creative writing and the visual arts.