ABOUT

“To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong.”

                                                                   Joseph Chiltern Pearce

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 Accademia Di Belle Arti  and continued  for 5 years. To make a living I learnt to make and paint masks in the traditional way, 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, 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-mâché, 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.

 

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