As a freelance artist and tutor I’m very fortunate to be able to decide on where I teach and what projects I work on. I love watching the BBC series What Do Artists Do All Day? but I don’t find that it is an accurate reflection of my life as an artist. I thought I would share one of my working weeks with you.
I’m lucky to have a studio at home which allows me to spend any spare time working on my commissions and projects. Mondays are usually my day to catch up with admin tasks like accounts and emails. I like to use this time to reflect on projects I’m working on and make a start on new samples.
During term time I work at The Tetley as the assistant artist on their after school club. We work on different projects inspired by the exhibitions in the galleries and teach the children new techniques. I find working with the children exciting and rewarding, we develop their artistic skills and confidence.
For the last few years I have been working as a tutor on the Heydays programme at the West Yorkshire Playhouse. These creative courses for over 55s are an opportunity to teach more in depth courses about textiles and embroidery. This term we are doing stitched balcony views inspired by an adaptation of Romeo & Juliet.
I regularly visit groups like Richmond and Leyburn Embroiderers Guild to give talks about my practice and how to find inspiration for new projects. I love sharing my passion for textiles with different groups of people. I get to see other peoples work too which in turn inspires me.
I like to get out of the studio every once in a while and do some research for my current projects like Thackray Uncovered. I often meet with friends or fellow artists to have a natter and discuss new ideas and current work. It’s important to reflect on what I’m doing and get a fresh perspective.
Weekends are spent at The Tetley working as weekend receptionist. I love meeting new people and working in such a creative environment each week. Lots of my colleagues are artists and I get to view the exhibitions on my lunch break.
Although I work seven days a week I feel very lucky to be doing a job that I love and would much rather be busy doing something that I’m passionate about rather than having more free time and doing a job that I don’t love.