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ArtCore – Paper Weaving

A little something you probably don’t know about me. Yes, teaching is an incredibly important part of my practice. Yes, this has become mainly focused on aspects of art which can help with mental health. However, my first ever workshop I delivered was over in Haiti to a group of secondary school students! Wow, wasContinue reading “ArtCore – Paper Weaving”

“Make and Accept”

I have been working alongside LU Arts to deliver an exciting series of Facebook Live workshops. These workshops focus on key elements of my practice, the influences of art on mental health and different mindfulness techniques within drawing itself. I have extended this into different forms within this particular workshop, with the emphasis being onContinue reading ““Make and Accept””

LU Arts Online Live Workshop

The idea of sitting infront of a camera and talking to a camera I have always found very overwhelming and frightening. However, by creating live workshops that other people are able to react and comment during the session it relieved my anxiety about this. I can honestly say, I thoroughly enjoyed this and would likeContinue reading “LU Arts Online Live Workshop”

Art and Well-being

During these uncertain times, many creatives have put together small activities for people to do at home. Creating new and exciting ways of learning, creating artistic communities and workshops. I have been working alongside LU Arts, and I have created an arts and well-being page on my website. Using different processes which I have personallyContinue reading “Art and Well-being”

Response to Corona Virus

After I have left my studio and I am currently trying to set up a space in my room to work from home, I have been using this time to carefully to research different ways to respond to the current epidemic. It seems wrong to ignore what is going on in the world right now,Continue reading “Response to Corona Virus”

CVAN – Meet The Artist

As part of the Instagram takeover with CVAN East Midlands, myself and my fellow artist Emily Hett were asked to take part in an interview. To discuss our current practice and question the key aspects of our work. Narrowing down key ideas and concepts, as well as photographs to portray what our practice is reallyContinue reading “CVAN – Meet The Artist”

Collaborative Practice

It’s been a week since lock down and wow a few things have changed. I have been extremely impressed by the adaptations that have been quickly been enforced within the art world. Galleries have closed, studios have closed, but yet there have been more visible art collaborations within the last week than I have seenContinue reading “Collaborative Practice”

“Reflect” – Exhibition

Showcasing work made since October 2019 – March 2020. Exploring the ability of art and effects on mental health, regarding drawing practice. = Medication TracesGraphite and Charcoal on Paper, 42.0 x 59.4cm, 2019-2020 Five and a Half YearsGraphite and Charcoal on Paper, 150 x 200cm and 150 x 120cm, 2020 Repititive Gestures 1, 2, 3.(1)OilContinue reading ““Reflect” – Exhibition”

6 month Review Week

Alongside the ABF funding and prize we received back in September, we were asked to present our work to show resolved outcomes, progression and the success with The Step Change Fellowship. So, we curated a small exhibition showcasing all the work we had made, including: the mistakes, the developments and the work in progress. ItContinue reading “6 month Review Week”

CVAN Instagram Takeover

As an emerging artist, trying to develop my professional practice and actively seeking new and exciting opportunities, for both exhibitions and work, CVAN has been a site I regularly visit. When they asked me to do an Instagram Takeover for the week, I felt it was an opportunity to share my daily practice with aContinue reading “CVAN Instagram Takeover”

One in Four – Collaborative Workshops

“One in Four” people suffer with mental health issues within their lifetime. Within my own artistic practice I aim to create discussion about this topic. Myself and Hayley Stokes designed and put together a series of workshops exploring mark-making techniques alongside coping strategies. Using concepts of “Mindfulness Painting,” cognitive defusion, gratitude, yoga and the acceptanceContinue reading “One in Four – Collaborative Workshops”

MPND – “The Good Life”

Mpnd, also known as Modern Painters New Decorators, is an artists-led space running a gallery, studio-space, shop and different projects throughout the year. On this particular occasion they were showcasing work made by local artists, ranging from paintings to sculptural work, exploring township and utopia. Throughout my time studying at Loughborough University I have metContinue reading “MPND – “The Good Life””

“In My Experience” 2020

The private view was a great success and we were all able to talk and interact with others, creating exciting discussions and debates about our current practices. 5 and a Half Years Within this most recent work I have used the mindful, repetitive motion of drawing to cope with my own personal experience with mentalContinue reading ““In My Experience” 2020″

Exhibition Set-up

As part of a small group of Loughborough University Fine Art Graduates we have been planning and putting together the exhibition “In My Experience.” It aims to contemplate the complexities and variations of human experience. Bringing together an array of different practices, drawing on their own personal life events and research into shared experience. EmbraceContinue reading “Exhibition Set-up”

Progress/Process

I have been working on a larger scale drawing recently, as you can understand however it is extremely time consuming. On average each pill packet takes around 8 minutes to draw, and then the pressure on the paper means lots of breaks. But here is a bit of the progress and process so far. I’mContinue reading “Progress/Process”

Paper-making

In between working on my large scale drawing I thought I could take this opportunity to make some paper. Something I have always been intrigued by. It could be interesting to see how the edges of the paper effect the work I have been producing. I made a mixture of both white and black paperContinue reading “Paper-making”

Photo-shop and Selection

After hours and hours of trying to measure out the layout of my next piece and failing. I was able to finally put my photoshop skills to good practice. It felt so exciting to be able to easily move a shape from one place to the next without the worry of spending too much time,Continue reading “Photo-shop and Selection”

Week 11 – Plan

I have spent the last week trying to create plans and templates for a larger scale piece of work. After hours, in fact days, of meticulously measuring out shapes, sadly something didn’t quite match up. Back to the drawing board! It’s important to remember and share these frustrating times, just another hurdle to overcome! HopefullyContinue reading “Week 11 – Plan”

Week 10 – Reflect

I have been working on a smaller scale to try and improve my skills and techniques when using the frottage process. Hoping that through experimentation I would be able to understand, reflect and create a series of resolved drawings on a larger scale. When considering repetition within my work, it is important to understand thatContinue reading “Week 10 – Reflect”

Week 9 – Reflect and Refresh

Some people talk about “writers block,” a time which you struggle to think of different ideas, new concepts. For me, I have the complete opposite issue, I feel like my mind works so much faster than my hands can makes things. I find myself getting excited about new ideas, endless sleepless nights, filling my sketchbookContinue reading “Week 9 – Reflect and Refresh”

Week 8 – Breakthrough

Every now and then I find I need to step back from making constantly and actually think about what I am actually doing, and what it is that I would like to achieve. After experimenting with different shapes within my work, these reminded me of the blister packets for medication, yet another coping mechanism forContinue reading “Week 8 – Breakthrough”

Week 7 – Venice Biennale

ABF offered a travel grant to help enhance my artistic practice. I wanted to ensure I made the most of this opportunity to broaden my knowledge and understanding of art today. After visiting The Venice Biennale in October 2017, I was inspired and excited about both the artwork and the methods of display within theContinue reading “Week 7 – Venice Biennale”

Week 5 – Out and About

After a week of exploring new ideas and techniques on a smaller scale, I have been able to look at and consider different drawing processes within my practice. My back no longer aches from sitting for hours on end, on the floor with my biros. I was lucky enough to get invited to The DrawingContinue reading “Week 5 – Out and About”

Week 4 – Biro

I have always wanted to create a larger piece of work with Biro. To show the fine lines, repetition and even the scratches of the pen on the paper’s surface. I wasn’t expecting it to be as time consuming as it was. It still needs work, but i did it! I really enjoyed the processContinue reading “Week 4 – Biro”

Week 3 – Casting and Drawing

After the terrible weather last week and attempting to capture the site through intense rubbings. I wanted to explore different possibilities of site which feelings of anxiety were present, through casting. I purchased PolyMorph Plastic. Once heated it melts and can be pressed into any shape you like, and then once cooled it then sets.Continue reading “Week 3 – Casting and Drawing”

Week 2 – The Impact of Site

It’s been a busy week of exploring new concepts and processes within my work. Unfortunately, some did not go to plan, due to the lovely English weather! Within a previous project I drew on paper placed on the floor. It picked up the subtle lines and textures from the surface. Where the paint had beenContinue reading “Week 2 – The Impact of Site”

Mental Health Awareness Week

This week was Mental Health Awareness Week. I was both shocked and surprised at how many people shared their own stories online. It was refreshing how it is more acceptable to talk about mental health. Loughborough University hosted several events during 10th October. I managed to attend a talk by Alex da Silva. He wasContinue reading “Mental Health Awareness Week”

Week 1 -The Beginning

I was genuinely shocked when I opened up the email from Loughborough University, accepting my application for the Artist Benevolent Fund. As I graduated over a year a go I have been trying to juggle part time jobs, applying for exhibitions, volunteering and making art work. With so many knock backs this has enabled meContinue reading “Week 1 -The Beginning”


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