Meet some of the wonderful smARTy pants who share their fabulous skills with us all. We’re proud to have them as part of our Arty Farty Community.
Dorothy, Tera Mai Healing
I am a local mum of two who has been working with energy for seven years. I qualified in Usui Reiki Level 2 in 2013 before retraining with Tera-Mai TM in 2017.
Fundamentally Tera-Mai is a frequency of energy that works on the physical, mental, emotional and Karmic layers of the Auric body. Treatments are all about clearing old blocked energy, transmuting stuck emotional residues and grounding the client back in to there body. The Tera-Mai treatment is a powerful therapy which boasts a wide range of benefits such as a space to process in going conflicts, pain management, emotional support, mental clearance, energy boost and relaxation. Tera-Mai is fantastic at supporting anyone regardless of age or background and helps to empower those who are ready to begin their spiritual journey back to themselves and kick-start their transformation.
Helen, Perfume Stylist
Creating your own luxury perfume or aftershave has never been easier or more fun. Perfect for hen and birthday parties, staff and client rewards, team building, or just an evening out with friends or family! I will take you on a sensory journey and guide you through our exquisite blends where you will choose your favourites to be blended into an atomiser to take away there and then.
Janice, Life Coach & Laughter Yoga Instructor
I have a background in Human Resources, specifically recruitment, coaching and training within the voluntary sector, and I hold membership of the CIPD, Chartered Institute of Personnel Development, through study and experience.
I also attended a Mindfulness course that enabled me to relearn how to relax and find peace after my husband’s illness, and gave me a new perspective on our new family life. I frequently incorporate mindfulness relaxation into my client sessions when appropriate.
I make abstract collages and mixed media pieces of work, using a variety of different materials to obtain the effects I am looking for. I am influenced and inspired by the flows and rhythms of the landscape, and I have a wide range of creative concerns, namely colour, texture, surface decoration, composition, balance and light.
Within the process of creating work, I strive to communicate a sense of honesty and authenticity in my mark making, which is sensitive and responsive to the qualities of the materials. The collages often evolve as large chunks of torn paper, and working intuitively and loosely I add layers and detail to form a finished and more resolved piece. I often draw on a variety of approaches in my art practice, namely drawing, collage, painting, and printmaking with the intention of creating subtle and rich piece of work.
Karen, Candle and Fragrance Designer
Having a career in the Events Industry and being an Event Manager at various unique venues in London. Karen decided to change direction and pursue her love of candles, as a result Gatehouse Candles was born. Karen now runs workshops, and enjoys making candles, to sell to Individuals and local businesses.
Kellie, Mrs Bouquet
Kellie runs Mrs Bouquet and loves the joy that nature’s flowers bring into people’s lives. Just with nature, there are endless possibilities for design.
Louise, Tilly & Cole
Louise is a professional gift wrapper and runs her own company, Tilly & Cole. She has wrapped for Liberty, The Royal Academy of Art, John Lewis, The Bodleian Library, Fortnum & Mason and various other locations along Oxford St, Bond St and Covent Garden. When she’s not wrapping she works as an actress and a playwright, and most recently acted alongside Miriam Margolyes in a short film that Louise wrote, Watching Rosie.
I find painting is an amazingly relaxing and therapeutical activity and love to draw and paint. I started painting Botanical Illustrations several year ago, very precise and detailed illustrations of plant life in watercolour and completely fell in love with the medium. I have been experimenting with the medium and the subject for some years and my passion of the moment are portraits of both people and animals.
Having worked in education for many years I aspire to pass my love of painting and drawing on to others.
Natalie, Craft’d U
Natalie previously ran Craft’d, an arts and crafts studio in Shanghai, where has taught over 200 adults and 350 children to sew on sewing machines! She has recently returned home to open Craft’d UK, a mobile craft studio and is excited to start teaching again!
Nell, Creative Director
Nell founded Arty Farty Retreat in 2017. She holds a Ba in Fine Art:Painting and has worked with the arts in health and social care for over 10 years. Nell has worked with children and adults in a variety of settings: Hospices; Learning disability centres; Hospitals; After school clubs; Hen parties; Nursing homes; Children’s parties and more.
After moving into the ‘management world’ for the last three years, Nell decided to take the leap and go back to her creative roots. She is a qualified storyteller as well as being trained in leadership development, Psychological Assessment Skills and project management.
Nell is also a qualified masseuse and is very pleased to bring this to Arty Farty: Wellbeing
Pete Williamson, Illustrator
Pete is a self-taught artist and award-winning children’s book illustrator. He is best known for the acclaimed ‘Stitch Head’ series, written by Guy Bass, and the award-winning ‘The Raven Mysteries’, written by Marcus Sedgwick. Pete is very passionate about encouraging creativity at an early age and instilling a confidence in a child’s personal voice that they can develop and draw on throughout their lives, whether in an artistic way or not. He believes that, in a world in which automation will play a far greater part, positive, open-minded, creatively confident individuals are irreplaceable and ‘future-proof’.
iPrintedThat is run by Rachel Moore, a Kent based artist and printmaker who has been running pop-up workshops for children and adults since 2011. Print techniques taught include screen printing, linocut printing, cyanotype and mono printing. Her clients include the National Trust, Hobbycraft, Camp Wildfire Festival, Razzamatazz Theatre Schools, Museums, Galleries and Art Centres.
Photo credit: Joshua Atkins