I'm a socially-engaged artist, using my skills to better the place I live by initiating grass-roots projects.
Sometimes folks just need permission. I try to provide these permissions.
By bringing people together and encouraging them to make the World an artistically-interesting place, good things bloom.
Fed up with the delapidated seafront in my town, derelict for 20 years, I felt the community deserved something that brought them together that didn't revolve around retail.
Everywhere I've lived in the world that was engaing and vibrant had sprung up from the artistic and gay communities moving into fringe neighbourhoods and regenerating them.
I conceived a project that put artists' studios at the heart of the town and provided the locals with creative activities and experiences that would make them fall in love with their artistic residents. It also provides an art vocabulary in a non-threatening environment. North Down Borough Council listened to my ideas and together, we persuaded the Department of Social Development to part with £285,000.
And so Project 24 came into existence.
24 artists, over 24 months, with art on view 24hrs a day.
After 24 months, the site will be developed and the project will relocate to another town site.
Is a network for poets, artists, designers, musicians and creatives that my husband, Andy Hamilton, and I set up along with artist Lee Boyd. The aim of this egalitarian group is to connect creatives and to make our town of Bangor an interesting destination for the arts. We have over 800 members putting on regular shows and events. Out of this network, studio groups have grown, localised artistic co-operatives have formed and projects have blossomed.
Tackling Racism Through Graffiti
Peace III: Using graffiti as a tool to tackle racism and sectarianism in young people, with my husband, graffiti artist, MyTarPit. We ran a 10 day course in graffiti techniques, culminating in a peace wall mural.
Whitewash II: I bring events such as live sculpting and livepaints to Bangor, connecting local talent with the public.
Whitewash is a regular event in Portadown, concieved by graffiti artist DMC.
I negotiated their participation in our town's Maritime Festival.
Sometimes it takes a bit of silliness to get people into craft. In October 2009 I travelled to .
Twisted, Portland, OR, USA
To set the (unofficial) World Record for using the largest crochet hook! The hook was carved by Washington State whittler, Jimbo.
I created a project gifting crochet packs to hospital outpatients to take their mind off stressful waiting times.
The project was so successful, it is now also used in the rehabilitation of people with eating disorders and has been introduced by 9 Primary Care Trusts in the UK.
Let Me Ease Your Day
Let Me Ease Your Day intervention.
Textiles bring comfort. I set up loungerooms in the street, inviting the public in and reconnecting them with textile crafts. They then took the items they'd knitted, sewn or crocheted and gifted them on in random acts of kindness.
Alternative Village Fete, Southbank, London, UK. Jelly, Town Centre, Reading, UK. & Royal Ulster Hall, Belfast, UK.
Pom Pom International
Pom Pom International Tour, Northern Ireland.
Pom Poms for Peace.
Working with comedienne, Amy Lamé, we were four women, a yurt and a box of fibre bringing communities together through fibre interventions.