My own practice and knowledge have developed so much. I have gained a lot from this experience and have had the opportunity to meet and work with so many wonderful people.
Please tell us a bit about your work and you influences.
My approach to art is extremely process driven, rooted in play and creative exploration. My practice encourages and allows personal connection with materials to develop. Awareness of touch is essential whilst making, and time is given to tactile exploration and discussion with and around the materials used.
For my graduate show, I have created an interactive, sustainable, textile artwork, that can be explored through gentle touch.
Can you tell us a bit about your journey to your course and what made you choose it?
Art can be intimidating to many people, especially people from marginalised backgrounds, who perhaps haven’t had the opportunities to create or develop their own practice. I am passionate about making art experiences accessible to everyone. Inclusive arts practice embraces people’s differences and allows us all to welcome and engage the differences, to collaborate on art projects equally as artists. This is what makes it a unique and valuable practice and for those reasons I chose the course.
What are the highlights of the course?
There have been numerous highlights studying on this course, the mains ones have been, collaborating with many people from varied backgrounds, journeying and creating together.
I have also immensely enjoyed my individual arts- based research project, investigating ways people with visual impairments can connect and collaborate with textiles through tactile exploration.
Was the location of your course in Brighton important?
The location of this course was extremely important for me, I live in Brighton and as a busy working, mother of two children. I needed to fit my study around not just my own routine, but also around my children’s needs.
Brighton is a vibrant, artistic city, with good public transport links and bike lanes, which mean you can navigate the city easily and quickly.
What are my plans after graduation?
Although I will miss studying, I am looking forward to continuing to develop my own research around making through touch and I am committed to creating and facilitating inclusive art projects and opportunities within our communities.
What advice would you give someone considering doing postgraduate study?
I would say go for it and fully immerse yourself in the learning. My own practice and knowledge have developed so much. I have gained a lot from this experience and have had the opportunity to meet and work with so many wonderful people.