Our ARTS Team
Our creative workshop is home to teachers who dedicate their time to sharing their arts and crafts skills and knowledge with the community. Get to know some of them below!
BRENDA DAVIES - BEADING
After years of teaching, I took a few courses in beading and then decided I would like to carry on beading with other people. I enjoy the mix of people, sharing my skills with others to try out new techniques and problem solve. I like to ensure people learn the basics of working with wire and then they can branch off into wire work, pearl knotting and fabric jewellery. Sessions are fun and people go away with a sense of achievement, which gives me satisfaction too. I've always been interested in craft, but never committed much time to it, now I'm making up for that lost time!
SYLVIA MORGADO - INTERATIVOS
Bossa Nova and everyday life are what inspire me and I enjoy combining a variety of materials (often found) to create playful and participatory installations. Being a typewriter lover, they are often used in my workshops. In my friendly meet up - an adaptation of a residency I did at the Barbican a few years ago, that I've been running since November 2016 at The Create Place – Poetry and Arts are the excuse for getting people together, and exchange is the key. As a result, you can expect that every session is a source of inspiration!
RABIAH MALI - HERBAL BLESSINGS CLINIC
I have been a practising herbalist for more than 10 years. I quickly realised that although one-to-one consultations were effective in treating an individual, it was more powerful to connect whole communities to the knowledge and traditions of healing from herbs, foods, roots and all of nature. I have since been holding various workshops and herb walks across the UK. Sharing herbal wisdoms, storytelling, song and remedy making for the whole family.
AMANDA TALSMA-WILLIAMS -CRAFTING IS CONNECTING
I'm a full-time Mum who never gave up teaching. I started volunteering 3 years ago to see what a business sharing the pleasures of making could be like. But it has turned out to be much more than work experience for me: I enjoy the exchange of ideas, the different perspectives on problem-solving and the encouragement. Everyone shows everyone new things. Not competitive but exciting and stimulating nevertheless.
LINA AVRAMIDOU - WE MAKE BOOKS!
I am an artist, printmaker and bookbinder based in East London. I am the founder of We Make Books!, a platform that aims to promote the craft of bookbinding and the book as an art object in its own right, through workshops, courses, exhibitions and events. I have over 10 years experience as an art educator, working with both adults and children.
In my own practice, I experiment with image, structure and text to create handmade limited edition books and bookworks. I utilise traditional printmaking techniques as well as digital processes combined with experimental bookbinding and papermaking.
MAGGIE GIBBONS - EAST LONDON ART CLUB
I co-host the East London Art Club with Selma Piro on Thursday evenings. I never got the chance to study art at school - I bore that grudge for a long time, until I eventually studied A level Fine Art at Croydon College in the evenings. I got the bug, and quit my job(!) to live abroad for a year studying the Foundation Fine Art degree at the Cyprus College of Art. My day job is as the Learning and Development Advisor for Terrence Higgins Trust, and as Events Facilitator at the British Museum.
LUDWINE PROBST - LONDON WATERCOLOUR PAINTING
I am a travelling artist, originally from France, and now living in London. I come from a Mathematics background, and only discovered painting later in my life. I was taught watercolour painting by the painter and artist Catherine Maria-Chapel in Paris, where I completely fell in love with botanical watercolour painting, which celebrates realism and a close attention to detail. Since I enjoy teaching, I decided to bring my experience to the Create Place through dedicated workshops focusing on the techniques I admire.
JOANNE ROBERTS - BOTANICAL ILLUSTRATION
At school my favourite subjects were art and biology, so going into drawing plants and animals seemed appropriate. My first solo exhibition was when I was fifteen at Halls Place in Bexley. I then trained at The Slade School of Fine Art where I achieved a Masters degree. I painted twelve foot oil paintings of sprouting onions or potatoes I found in my kitchen cupboards. After leaving The Slade I realised I needed a proper job so I then trained in illustration at Putney School of Art and botanical art at Chelsea. I now work as a freelance artist and illustrator as well as teach. I really enjoy teaching, there is something very enjoyable about showing people how to slow down and really look at the natural world around them. I am currently writing a book about trees. Written as a diary, it explores trees throughout the year including scientific discoveries, old folk legends and remedies.
Ginny HAWKE - ART4U
I've been teaching community arts all over Tower Hamlets for 23 years and I'm a qualified art teacher with an art degree. I run art projects in schools and with community groups across London, doing things like drawing, marbling, paper making, tie dye, batik, printmaking, decoupage, paper crafts, card making, interior design, recycled fashion, mask making, interior design, glass painting, screen printing and painting in oils, watercolour and acrylics.
SELMA PIRO - EAST LONDON ART CLUB
At ELAC, it has been important to keep sessions going throughout holidays and festive seasons, as that is often when needed most by those who may feel isolated or alone. We are grateful that the Create Place allow us to keep going during those sometimes solemn periods.
Our sessions are usually attended by a combination of regulars and newcomers, and the atmosphere can vary from peaceful and calm, to almost a party environment. However, I try to stay faithful to the initial intention of maintaining a reflective space for those who are able to be conscientious and mindful of others, so as to be able to access their own unique creativity and inner reflections.