Our ARTS Team
Our creative studio is home to over 10 teachers who dedicate their time to sharing their arts and crafts skills and knowledge with the community. Get to know some of them below.
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.
JOANNE ROBERTS - NATURE ILLUSTRATION-Botanical Drawing
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.
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!
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.
Ginny HAWKE - ART4U
I've been teaching as a community arts tutor 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.
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!