A review of 2018

2018 has been a busy year and full of creativity and excitement.

I’d first of all like to start by thanking all of the wonderful companies, charities and organisations whom I’ve had the pleasure of working. Working with and for you all fills me with inspiration and keeps me thinking and creating!

March/April 2018 saw me take the first permanent job which I’ve had in years as the Room 13 Artist in Residence at Old Ford Primary School. Admittedly I wasn’t looking for anything permanent when it came up, but I just fell in love with the school, the job role suited me down to the ground and the security of a permanent job as opposed to permeant freelance has taken a huge pressure off.

I work weekday afternoons in the studio and my job entails devising and planning art projects for students in KS1 and KS2, implementing art projects and fundraisers with businesses. Since starting my role I’ve been lucky enough to work alongside construction company Galliard Homes. Myself and 200 children have designed and created an artwork which depicts the history of East London as an illustrated timeline and will soon be printed onto a large-scale hoarding around Galliard’s new development site in Canary Wharf.

I worked with 38 children attending  Old Ford Primary School  to create a sculpture made from recycled materials which was entered into the  Big Build 2018  through  Galliard Homes . I’m delighted to announce that our Buckingham Palace sculpture was one of the five, first prize winners out of the 40 schools who entered the contest.

I worked with 38 children attending Old Ford Primary School to create a sculpture made from recycled materials which was entered into the Big Build 2018 through Galliard Homes. I’m delighted to announce that our Buckingham Palace sculpture was one of the five, first prize winners out of the 40 schools who entered the contest.

I worked with wonderful charity  Stitches in Time  to facilitate a series of workshops with visitors to the  Bromley By Bow Centre  and residents of neighbouring Watts Grove. Participants of all ages painted a giant tree onto fabric and each adorned a leaf using various printmaking methods and hand embroidery showing a metaphor for what ‘home’ meant to them…Resulting in a large banner representative of a family tree.

I worked with wonderful charity Stitches in Time to facilitate a series of workshops with visitors to the Bromley By Bow Centre and residents of neighbouring Watts Grove. Participants of all ages painted a giant tree onto fabric and each adorned a leaf using various printmaking methods and hand embroidery showing a metaphor for what ‘home’ meant to them…Resulting in a large banner representative of a family tree.

I carried out many mixed media and printmaking workshops with the fantastic  Rosetta Art Centre  (I’ve worked with Rosetta for many years and they do truly wonderful work, making art available to the local community and accessible to people who might not otherwise have access to it).

I carried out many mixed media and printmaking workshops with the fantastic Rosetta Art Centre (I’ve worked with Rosetta for many years and they do truly wonderful work, making art available to the local community and accessible to people who might not otherwise have access to it).

Screen printed tote bags
I also carried out a series of portraiture workshops with Rosetta Primary school (through Rosetta Art Centre) and created a series of murals from the children’s work.

I also carried out a series of portraiture workshops with Rosetta Primary school (through Rosetta Art Centre) and created a series of murals from the children’s work.

I’ve carried out a number of family workshops in Tower Hamlets based parks and public spaces through charity  Splash Arts   I always look forward to these workshops and have a great deal of fun prepping pretty little masks and decorations for the little visitors to paint.

I’ve carried out a number of family workshops in Tower Hamlets based parks and public spaces through charity Splash Arts I always look forward to these workshops and have a great deal of fun prepping pretty little masks and decorations for the little visitors to paint.

I’ve been facilitating lots of mixed-media workshops in Newham based libraries for charity  Ingeenium  (they also do lots of fantastic work in the community).

I’ve been facilitating lots of mixed-media workshops in Newham based libraries for charity Ingeenium (they also do lots of fantastic work in the community).

I was lucky enough to facilitate to work for  The Lost Lectures , facilitating experimental life drawing workshops in which participants would create illustrations of the model using household utensils (forks, sponges and sticks dipped in indian ink).  My idea for the process came from my visual research sessions from my degree and MA (visual experimentation is such an important part of the design process and the best way to overcome a creative block).   I was hugely inspired from the work created by participants and stayed for the duration of the lectures each week which were extremely informative and engaging.

I was lucky enough to facilitate to work for The Lost Lectures, facilitating experimental life drawing workshops in which participants would create illustrations of the model using household utensils (forks, sponges and sticks dipped in indian ink). My idea for the process came from my visual research sessions from my degree and MA (visual experimentation is such an important part of the design process and the best way to overcome a creative block).

I was hugely inspired from the work created by participants and stayed for the duration of the lectures each week which were extremely informative and engaging.

Lost Lectures, experimental life drawing
Created a new range of illustrated, vintage inspired Christmas cards for 2018, which went down a storm (I poured so much love into these).

Created a new range of illustrated, vintage inspired Christmas cards for 2018, which went down a storm (I poured so much love into these).

Illustrated Christmas card
Illustrated tote bag
Illustrated Christmas card
Illustrated Christmas card
Had a range of environmentally friendly marine-life tote bags made up and am currently selling (obviously I’ve stopped using the plastic bags now).

Had a range of environmentally friendly marine-life tote bags made up and am currently selling (obviously I’ve stopped using the plastic bags now).

Held solo exhibitions of my work in my two favourite art spaces::  Husk  and  Poplar Union

Held solo exhibitions of my work in my two favourite art spaces:: Husk and Poplar Union

I subsequently also live in East London so it’s been a privilege to carry out so much work locally and feel and given me a wonderful sense of community.

I subsequently also live in East London so it’s been a privilege to carry out so much work locally and feel and given me a wonderful sense of community.

Experimental Life Drawing workshops for 'The Lost Lectures'

It’s been a wonderful month so far, facilitating experimental life drawing for The Lost Lectures Electrograph event (throughout October).

Experimental drawing has been my absolute favourite thing to do at art school (from foundation through to MA level) starting a project by drawing with a host of inanimate objects (in this case sponges, lollypop sticks and forks dipped in Indian ink to create unexpected results...and it always gets me through the initial creative block.

But I’m truly so impressed with the work of the participants as each piece has so much charm...I’m inspired!

I’ve been facilitating the classes during the hour long interval between talks, but every night have ended up staying for the duration of the evening to walk the talks, they’re so informative, engaging and address current issues extremely well…Check them out here.

I was pretty chuffed at managing to get my partner (who doesn’t ‘do art’) along to two sessions and got him drawing for the first time in years! He sat drawing for the whole one hour period on each occasion and even wants to do more now…Result!

I was pretty chuffed at managing to get my partner (who doesn’t ‘do art’) along to two sessions and got him drawing for the first time in years! He sat drawing for the whole one hour period on each occasion and even wants to do more now…Result!

Experimental life drawing 1
Experimental life drawing
Experimental life drawing
Experimental life drawing
Experimental life drawing
Experimental life drawing
The below drawings were created on degree (back in 2008/9) and were revisited at later dates to create a series of prints. They had been inspired from studies of vintage dolls from the  V&A Museum of Childhood  and The House of  Viktor & Rolf  (exhibition at the Barbican Centre) and drawn using doll’s limbs and hair dipped into indian ink.

The below drawings were created on degree (back in 2008/9) and were revisited at later dates to create a series of prints. They had been inspired from studies of vintage dolls from the V&A Museum of Childhood and The House of Viktor & Rolf (exhibition at the Barbican Centre) and drawn using doll’s limbs and hair dipped into indian ink.

Ink drawing
Experimental ink drawing