Commission Work

Spot on Lancashire – At home Magazine commission – 2021

This Doodle Plant Pot Activity inspired by my Doodle Art workshops, was created for Spot on Lancashire At Home Magazine Summer 2021 edition.

Cartwheel Arts – School Arts Activity Pack – 2021

I was invited to create a Doodle Art activity and two Colouring sheets. This was a School arts activity pack put together by Cartwheel Arts. A number of amazing artists took part.

Here are the Colouring Sheets: Pleasing Paisley Leaves

Colouring Sheets: Pleasing Paisley Leaves Sheet 1
Colouring Sheets: Pleasing Paisley Leaves Sheet 2

Below is The final Art pack that was sent out

GMCA (Greater Manchester combined Authority) COVID-19 Creative Commission. 2020

The COVID-19 Creative Commission was a digital archive to document the Pandemic of 2020. It was a real privilege to be part of this project. A total of 479 Applicants applied only 60 Artists were selected and commissioned by the GMCA (Greater Manchester Combined Authority). My commission took the form of two poems, with accompanying artwork. The first Poem was named ‘The enemy behind the curtain’ which was dedicated to those who had sadly passed in this pandemic, the NHS, and key workers. I wanted to capture the rapid speed of how our reality had changed and how these scenes were playing out the world over.

About the work

My commission work took the form of two poems with accompanying artwork.

The enemy behind the curtain is a poem foremost dedicated to those that have sadly lost their lives in this devastating pandemic,
that their memory lives on. It also pays homage to the NHS and keyworkers, for their incredible life-saving
The main theme in my poem is of darkness V light, which is reflected in the artwork. I wanted to capture in
a small way, the unimaginable grief, fear, and the unknown playing out in our daily lives. These ‘scenes’
are being repeated not just on a local level but globally too. Another thing that I wanted to focus on was how
dramatically our world changed within a span of just a few months. The speed and velocity of how our way
of life altered.
The beautiful silver lining in all of this, that I wanted to celebrate within the poem, was how communities
are coming together to support one another. Showing in times of such adversity how resilient the human
spirit is.

Freedom is the other poem I penned, which was inspired from a personal perspective, on how difficult the lockdown has been. Something as simple as everyday things like being with family and friends was off-limits. The freedom of not being able to go wherever you wanted to go. During the lockdown period, it has made me appreciate how much of those things we take for granted.

My aim for both of these poems was to preserve this internal and external current environment we find
ourselves in, from an inward and outward perspective.

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