I have a particular interest in both crafts and expressive, therapeutic arts. My initial studies were in design crafts, exploring woodwork, metalwork, jewellery, ceramics and mixed media. I then became involved in community arts practice, and from here I moved on to begin my degree in Creative Expressive Therapies, specialising in visual arts. During this period I explored the nature of my own artwork and the relationship between arts, expression and health, with a focus on grief processes. My work during this period experimented with textiles, natural materials, and dark room photography techniques, using very old cameras. I also developed my approached to working with people creatively and therapeutically. During this time I also started working for myself as a henna artist at events such as festivals and private events, and working with various groups and individuals. Having recently graduated I am currently focussing on developing my skills and knowledge in a range of areas including sculpture, textiles and printing. I frequently work with or in nature, and am developing ways in which to incorporate nature into my work, or to bring my work into a natural environment. My current aims are to continue developing my own work whilst running creative workshops.
2015 – Present, Artist and Workshop Facilitator at The Wild Woodsmen, North Yorkshire
2012 – Present, Henna Artist, Mim’s Henna
2012 – 2015 BA Hons Creative Expressive Therapies (Visual Art), (First
Class), University of Derby
2004 – 2006 National Diploma in 3D Design Crafts, York College
Volunteering and Student Placement experience in York Art Gallery
(York), Artcore (Derby), Derby Bosnia Herzegovina Centre (Derby),working with children and adults in community arts and creative expressive therapies. Working with refugees, blind/partially sighted people, carers, people with mental health problems, disabilities, learning difficulties and special needs.
May 2015 ‘Statement as Image’ Photography, Final Degree Show, University of Derby
July 2012 ‘Artefacts of Failure’ Photography, QUAD, Derby