As a freelance community artist I work with a variety of organisations to run high quality community arts and crafts classes. I develop and lead bespoke courses designed to target the aims of the groups and respond to the needs and abilities of the individuals and groups. Below is a range of the projects I have worked on in the last couple of years
I each one I am always in awe of the talented people who participate and the work they produce. The groups are filled with laughter, with an increased sense of well-being. Many people return to the groups, developing their work as artists and makers. I truly believe everyone can benefit from creative activities and develop their artistic abilities.
Working with Voices Gloucester has given me an opportunity to create and curate textile events that engage people with the history, art and craft of textiles. The projects are wide and varied, from working with Katie Taylor to produce the Costume of Gloucester to a weekend of talks, events and workshops that celebrate how textiles touch our lives every day.
As part of the Cathedral's outreach program I was commissioned to make a series of children's, family and adult resources that connected community with the cathedral. This continues a close working relationship with heritage organisations.
I work with a variety of community organisations, such as Art Shape, running hand embroidery and sewing machine classes. These classes promote well-being and social inclusion and build the confidence of participants while we all have good fun.
Laughter is an important part of the process.
It is always great to get involved with this festival. The Largest medieval festival in Europe and its quite a spectacle and I have been working with them for a few years.
An exciting project that crossed organisation to collaborate with other artist, schools and local libraries to produce creative workshops and costumes for the Wearable Art Festival.