|3 colour lino cut print. Design was inspired by a slapstick circus routine|
Back at Lichfield College when I had finished my Foundation Course in Art and Design the external examiner commented that because of my abilities in such a wide range of techniques and materials I actually had a choice of artistic directions that I could follow.
As it turns out since graduating from Manchester Metropolitan University in 2006 I have mainly been making mixed-media sculptures (using textiles, found objects and industrial scrap) but more recently I have also made collages and now two short films too. www.frillipmoolog.co.uk
In my outreach work www.allsensesart.com I have mainly specialised in wet felt-making.
This has been for two reasons. Firstly I discovered the therapeutic properties of the wet felt-making process and have found that it is an amazing medium for relaxing participants and I have devised a range of techniques which have made it accessible to people with a wide range of abilities. I am very proud that I have been able to work with people of all ages and abilities and that I have helped to empower them and to raise their self esteem.
The second reason is simply the practical issue of storage space for workshop equipment and materials.
But it is good to remind myself of all the other creative activities that I have led over the years and which I am sure I will continue to do as and when opportunities arise.
Some of these have been workshops led on a voluntary basis and others have been me working as a professional freelance artist.
At Lichfield College I did several years of life drawing which I was quite accomplished at however my heart was always in non figurative work and especially in mixed media.
|Collage of images from magazines on a handprinted base.|
|Study of butterfly wing- watercolour and indian ink|
The children’s bird drawings were so wonderful that I digitally scanned each of them and resized them and then made a digital file which could be printed and assembled into a beautiful little zig-zag book.
Drawing with non-conventional materials is also great fun. In some of my sessions children and young people have used pipe-cleaners to ‘draw’
|Pipe-cleaner 'drawings' made by a young person in Ocean Ward Birmingham Children's Hospital|
|3D Drawing made by a Foundation Level student at MMU|
|Vegetable Creatures made by children at John's Lee Wood Family Camp|
Since 2004 I have run several creative workshops for children and families at an annual family camp John’s Lee Wood in Leicestershire.
We have done glass painting sessions several times. Painting on jam jars which we later used as tea-light holders and also using offcuts of glass supplied by a local glazier.
|A beautiful angel painted by a 10 year old at John's Lee Wood Family Camp|
I enjoy working with recycled materials so I developed a workshop where we made badges by embossing designs on recycled aluminium drinks cans. This was an idea that I developed which was inspired by metal artist, Val Hunt’s, work.
|Peg Dollies are always a favourite with all ages of children. I made this one!|
On occasions at John’s Lee Wood Family camp I have also assisted in workshops which have been led by other artists - willow weaving workshops and mini hooked rug making sessions are two which I assisted with.
|Chris and Jack doing some willow weaving at John's Lee Wood Family Camp|