I care about every child having access to an abundant range of creative experiences. The inspiration for my research was to look at where the new, the innovative and the traditional can work side by side to offer new opportunities for inclusive creative practice in the field of crafts education. My time spent in Japan and India has inspired me to reflect on the interplay of my roles as a Relationship Manager with Arts Council England, as a parent & as an artist. As a parent of 9, 13 and 19 year olds I want to work with my children’s schools to explore how they might embed making into their curriculum. I love being with trees, making with wood & handling wooden objects. In September 2018 I began Old Ways New Skills as an 18 month action research project enabling primary and secondary school children from a range of backgrounds and abilities to work with master craftspersons connecting with nature, learning new practical skills & developing their confidence and self expression.
Nature campaigner Raj Patel (CF 2017) finds new ways to reconnect with nature during lockdown.