I am definitely a creative person. Art projects are always of huge interest to me, and I particularly enjoy taking wildlife photography, from which I make drawings and paintings.
For the last two years I have been supported by ubu to attend an art class in Manchester. Not only does this play to my great passion, but also means I get to spend time with many like-minded friends, which leads to further inspiration.
The work I have created at the class has gone on to be displayed at several exhibitions, including a show at ‘The Lowry’ gallery in Salford. This is something I am very proud of and led me to creating one of the largest bodies of work I have ever come up with for a local festival.
The Hulme Annual Community Arts Festival is the hub of local art, dance, theatre and self-sustaining gardening projects in the area. It’s a place for local people to come together in celebration of what they can do. This year’s theme was “Bees”; Manchester’s symbol of industry, creativity, endeavour and honesty.
So I set to it and gave myself a month to see what I could come up with. I made loads of origami bees and connected them to create bunting to hang up as decoration around the arts festival. I also drew and made several bee designs that were printed and transferred to fabric. The designs were made into hexagons and then I helped to stitch all the 'bee' hexagons together to make a large patchwork to display to the public.
I am so happy to say that all of my work was deemed good enough to be shown at the festival. An old red heritage bus was adorned with the hexagon bee designs and the bus was used to give people rides around the area to see all the exhibits. There was also a rickshaw bike taxi to help people get around the festival. This was decorated with some of the bunting I had made.
Most importantly my artwork was seen by lots of members of the public. This is a fantastic achievement and has given me even more passion to continue making more art and getting involved in local creative projects.