Recycling And Creating

I’m an educator as well as an artist and I’ve spent many years working in adult learning with people who have, for various reasons, been excluded from education to some degree. I work a couple of days a week for a national charity for people who are homeless or vulnerably housed. Covid19 lockdown has beenContinue reading “Recycling And Creating”

Zoom, Lino Cuts And Digital Exclusion

Today was a mixed bag with Zoom meetings (how quickly have we taken to Zoom?), an allotment visit, finished cutting a small lino block and marked up two more, made soup and biscuits and then had an hysterical family ‘pub’ quiz on Zoom. It’s been so good to be able to keep in touch throughContinue reading “Zoom, Lino Cuts And Digital Exclusion”

Isolation

I chose another word to carve into a small lino block today. I’d been playing around with lots of words and phrases that have become associated with the pandemic lockdown. But it isn’t just about choosing random text, but words that have some meaning and resonance for me. The first word I cut and printedContinue reading “Isolation”

Home Comforts

  I’ve been getting busy in the kitchen instead of getting on with arty stuff. I think the whole coronavirus business is focusing me on making things as comfortable as possible at home. I’m one of the lucky people who isn’t in a high risk group so I can still get out and do aContinue reading “Home Comforts”

A Benchmark Of Home

I went to the opening of the new  exhibitions at Elysium this afternoon. The larger gallery is devoted to work by the resident artist Mark Folds, called Crises, while the smaller gallery has three large-scale pieces made by members of Crisis, the homelessness charity, called “Benchmarks”. Mark has been working with five people who haveContinue reading “A Benchmark Of Home”

What’s That When It’s At Home?

I’ve been doing what I’ve been doing for decades, just getting on with it, doing my art, mostly sketchbooks from reality, life drawing and printmaking, while working with marginalised people – the homeless and the drug and alcohol dependent. As far as I was concerned, these were not two different things, but are inter-dependent. WhenContinue reading “What’s That When It’s At Home?”

Splatter!

I work part-time for a national homelessness charity, just a few hours a week where I run fine art courses for people who use the service. Today I started an acrylics painting course. I like to jump straight in with something practical so I did a group abstract painting exercise. After a quick explanation ofContinue reading “Splatter!”

A Crafty Afternoon

  I work a few hours a week for a charity that supports homeless people, teaching crafts and fine art. Today I had a crafty afternoon. I try to make the craft sessions relevant to people, making practical things that they can use in their new home when they get housed. We recycled plastic drinksContinue reading “A Crafty Afternoon”

Motivation

I work part-time for a charity for people who are homeless, delivering art and craft sessions in different venues across the city. It’s much easier to engage people in crafts than in fine art, crafting seems to be more accessible and less threatening. I try out different things to motivate people who don’t think thatContinue reading “Motivation”

Home Comfort

In times of stress and worry, I retreat into my home. It’s my cave, my fortress, my refuge and my comfort. I close the door on the bad old world outside and batten down the hatches to weather any storms that life throws at me. My chubby cat, Sparta Puss is an integral part ofContinue reading “Home Comfort”