“To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong.”
Joseph Chiltern Pearce
JOSIE BAHAR - BIO
I have loved being creative since an early age when my happiest moments at primary school were creating shapes and people in clay.
I studied Mime at the London Mime Centre and then went to live in Italy ending up in Venice where I stayed for seven years. During that time I studied life drawing at the Academia Di Belle Arti and continued for 5 years. To make a living I learnt to make and paint masks in the traditional way and started a small mask business and with my partner managed to sell to numerous shops around the city. This was a very creative and colourful time for me, and Venice was fun and exciting and incredibly beautiful. I studied acting at L’Avogaria school of Commedia Dell arte and eventually joined the company from the school.
Eventually I decided it was time to change and moved back to London where I opened a Mask shop in Camden Lock Market and married my Kurdish partner. The shop was a success, I sculpted different masks in clay and then took plaster casts to create them in papier Mache, making masks for all occasions including film, theatre, TV and parties. During this time our 3 children were born. We closed the shop in 2000 and I became a full time mum.
I continued to be creative when possible, painting pictures and creating new pieces in papier Mache and taking on commissions. We moved to Bath in 2004.
Two years ago I started to sculpt in stone, a real contrast to anything I had done before, I have found this experience very rewarding and am excited to explore more this art form and new materials.