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.

Nostalgia series

During my Master's year I spent several months researching 'A Universal Trigger for the Inner Child in Adults'. From my research I concluded that a certain amount of melancholy is needed for a viewer to gain a strong attachment to an artwork/book/film etc.

I have revisited the series to create two new commissions which are inspired from two lovely little siblings, seeking shelter and protection from a harsh world.

I created one of the little sister entitled 'Pea-Pod Baby' and this week have been working on a backdrop for the older sister (who will be taking shelter from the night under the giant mushrooms.

I've been a bit low on time, so am fitting in a few hours painting at a time, this is an intricate, time consuming piece which I'm greatly enjoying working on.

Pea Pod Baby

Pea-Pod Baby
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