Our Collaboration Story
As a family we always aim to bring a little creativity into every day through art, music and writing and during the past few months this has become even more important!
In March I quickly decided that the only way to embrace lockdown was to combine my job as an artist with homeschooling and It wasn't long before we had created lots of fun crafting ideas using as much recycled material we could find in our home. It's amazing what you can make with an old sock and some felt! Creativity definitely helped my son adjust to home schooling and kept us feeling positive, It also brought a wealth of new creative learning, as we embarked on filming and editing some fun craft and cooking videos, which we shared with our son's school to entertain his class friends and keep them feeling connected.
It was during our daily art classes, that I quickly noticed my son's ability to capture unique expressions and humour within the animals he was sketching. Each day a new animal character was created and once I started adding colour and texture using mixed-media, our exciting collaboration journey had begun.
It is truly the most rewarding and enjoyable collaboration and the whole process is so much fun and so exciting to watch how the characters are developing. Our collaborative process starts with my son illustrating an animal using pencil or ink (sometimes of the really wild variety and sometimes inspired from watching the wildlife in our garden) I then transfer his fantastic sketch onto a heavy watercolour or fibre board so I can add colour and texture through a series of mixed-media. The characters we are creating have made us smile so much and we hope make others smile too!
We're delighted to have included some of our original pieces for sale through the fantastic ARTIST SUPPORT PLEDGE.