Category Archives: Art

Catching the Sun – Making SunCatchers

How to Make SunCatchers In our Art for Wellbeing groups, we always combine making beautiful works of art with our discussion about mental health and wellbeing.  During this session, we talked about negative bias and how much easier it is to focus on the more negative aspects of our lives, especially with all the dreadful…

Art for Wellbeing Workshops

I’ve been running art for wellbeing workshops recently with Cwm-Ni Iach and Community First, aiming to improve participants emotional and mental health, using creative techniques. In both groups, we’ve used the space and time to talk about how creativity can help us to explore our emotions and provide an outlet for difficult feelings, as well…

The Power of Photoshop?

There is so much pressure on photographers to use Photoshop processing software.  Clients (usually women) say at their portrait sessions: “Make sure you make me look slimmer”. “Take my wrinkles away”. I’ve even been asked to restyle someone’s hair! I don’t use Photoshop a great deal in my portrait work.  My work with clients in…

Mixed Media – Textured Backgrounds

For my creative journaling workshops, I have been experimenting with different backgrounds for layering.  This one reminded me of ageing skin, with brown age spots and blue thread veins. It interested me so much that it may be used in collage work for my work on identity for my MA Arts Practice (Arts, Health and…

ACC1Love – Working with Asylum Seekers

I was asked to design a summer project of the African Community Centre, working with a group of male asylum seekers and refugees.  The aim of the project was to teach them digital photography skills.  After lots of discussion, the group decided on a theme for the project.  We had talked about how asylum seekers…

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