I am a visual artist with experience of delivering education projects across the region. I have been involved in both short and long term residencies and commissions in schools. I have a proven commitment to working on creative projects. I am highly motivated, resourceful and work across a range of disciplines. I offer workshops and residencies tailored to suit Primary Schools, Early Years settings and Community groups.
Workshops that encourage cooperation and personal expression through investigation, research, design and construction.
Recently my main focus of work has been looking at how best to engage with the outside learning environment through projects that support children’s ideas and interests. I am a Level 3 trained Forest School Leader ￼and love nurturing children’s creativity, their playfulness and their investigative enquiry of the world around them.
I am inspired by the philosophy and reflective practice of the Pre-School Centres of Reggio Emilia, Italy and the Forest schools in Denmark and Sweden and have visited and been on several study tours throughout these centres.
“The atelierista (artist) is an artisan, a lender of tools, a partner in a quest or journey. In this way you are a maker, but maybe more richly you are an enabler, someone who will attend to others in their creation, their development and their communication of knowledge.” (Vea Vecchi in The Hundred Languages of Children )
A lot of my work in schools focuses on developing children’s expressive languages. I introduce them to working with a wide range of materials to support their ideas and interests, like natural and recycled materials and resources, textiles, paint, drawing, projections and mosaics.
I use books, film and blogging as documentation.
As well as working on process based projects I work to commission and have made and am making numerous mosaic panels, painted murals and textile banners with schools and community settings.