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December 2, 2019

As a marketer, I am well versed in the power of storytelling to breathe life into your brand. But, how might multimodal storytelling engage society with the climate and ecological emergency we currently face as a species? As an artist interested in how our perception o...

June 24, 2019

As someone who chose their first degree subject on the basis of getting a ‘proper’ job after university and now studying Fine Art, I was keen to find out how established artists are making creativity pay.

The workshop, Making creativity pay, was organised by the StoryLa...

March 2, 2019

As an artist I think through making so, as the dust to vessel process 

began, I started making pots from terracotta clay, fashioning a kind of prototype using primitive methods sympathetic to the Marsh Arab’s baked pottery of Mesopotamia. A hib is a large terracotta ves...

March 2, 2019

I imagined the clay samples would be large, cylindrical core sections that would require intensive processing, after all my collaborators had talked about travelling to the UK with a suitcase full of mud instead of clothes. 

Would I have time to process the raw clay dep...

March 2, 2019

Shared water, contested water was inspired by issues of climate change and contested water in the Middle East’s ‘Garden of Eden’. Earth as recorder, kiln as creator, clay provides a historical link between human and nature - between the paleoclimate archive and the fut...

March 2, 2019

The Archive and the Contested Landscape, Cambridge Festival of Ideas, October 2018.  

Does the historical landscape contain a hidden message for humanity - a warning about climate change?

Tapping into contemporary art’s ‘archival impulse’, the research collaboration...

September 8, 2018

I've been exploring different settings for my ceramic sculptures, indoors and outdoors and responding to the specifics of the site. Inspired by Ceramics in the environment: An international review, by Janet Mansfield (2005), I could imagine the 'Nature of things' tumbl...

September 8, 2018

My first year of a BA (Hons) in Fine Art at Cambridge School of Art has been a journey and I thought I'd share with you eight points of reflection:

1. Ecology - walking the familiar corridors of the University library re-ignited a love of ecological systems, forces and...

September 8, 2018

It's nearly a year since embarking on my second career. The decision to leave my career managing a medical publishing and marketing agency to start a Fine Art degree in my fifth decade of life was based on three main factors:

1. I was inspired to paint more than ev...

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