Festive Craftivism: spreading gratitude and hope

2020 has been quite a year. As a nation we have not known grief, loneliness and restrictions on our daily lives in most of our living memories. We have felt powerless to stop the many plights on our society: covid-19, climate change, racism and discrimination in all its forms. However, we are powerful, we do […]

Reflection on creativity

A guided meditation about the power of creativity for positive change. We explore it as an outlet in difficult times, as a way of connecting with one another and asking for the world we want to see. There is a stilling exercise, some time of silence and some reflections about creativity to ponder. Please do […]

Privileged Thinking

“Think for yourselves, and let others enjoy the privilege to do so, too” Voltaire Take a look at the first image. This is a very old artwork, dealing with the issue of racism, made in 2005. The artist’s book contained three images based on the Isihara test used by opticians to determine colour-blindness. Each image, […]

A Bird in the Hand

“Pray with open hand, not clenched first” (Jim Cotter) Take a look at the first picture. This is a print about prayer and refers to the bible verse in which prayer is referred to as sweet smelling incense, a subtle yet present reality. What do you think of when you think of prayer? Is it […]

Hope for Hearts

“always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres” (1 Corinthians 13) I wonder how the first image affects you: which square are you drawn to? What do you think it says? This piece, one of my earlier works, is currently on show in a local atrium, and so visible to the general public. I was […]

No Match Found

“Round peg in a square hole” (adapted traditional saying) Take a look at the first picture. This is a print by Tracy Emin, the queen of contentious art. What do you think? The second picture (below) is a picture that I have made recently in response to the process of redeployment. My current employer has […]

No going back: a visual meditation

I wonder what you see when you look at the first image: butterfly ghosts perhaps, disappearing into the night. This picture was made by two adults with a disability whom I work with (‘artmakers’); Nat painted the background and Lucy printed the butterflies. The second image is by Amy, also an artmaker. This last two […]

I can’t breathe: a visual meditation on privilege

The first image is called the mandylion. The story of the mandylion is that the image of Christ was transferred onto a towel, which he had used to wash and dry his face, and became the source of healing for the king of Edessa, who had asked Jesus to visit and cure him of leprosy. […]