Director & Facilitator – Intuitive Art, Meditation Classes and Holistic Therapies (2018-2022)
Creativeflow provides a safe and positive space for exploration, free expression, and healing. Classes and sessions are designed to help people to connect with their creativity and explore the beauty and gifts of the creative process. Art, meditation, and energy therapies are powerful tools for transformation that also bring our full awareness into the present moment.
Past and present collaborations include the Reiki school Healing Hands, Invisible Caims, Real Talk, Edinburgh Palette, The Planetary Healing Centre, Studio Santosa, Sunshine Yoga, and The Hand Made Factory. More information are available on https://www.creativeflowart.com/
The Alma Project
Community Art & Project Worker – Art & Wellbeing Activities (2015-2022)
The Alma Project is a charity that aims to improve the mental health and well-being of the community through the use of the arts as a therapeutic tool. Activities include experimental and traditional art techniques such as painting, drawing, clay modeling, printing, bookbinding, and puppet making. The project also offer classes that include guided meditation, storytelling and drama activities. More information are available on https://thealmaproject.wordpress.com/
Social Art Edinburgh (2016-2019) The project has now been incorporated in Creativeflow Arts
Director & Facilitator – Social art events for adults
The events provide a creative opportunity for the community and aim to make art more accessible to everyone. Art creates a connection with our inner self and helps us to develop consciousness and happiness. Therefore everyone can benefit from being creative! Social art events often take place in unusual locations, like cafes, festivals, and galleries. They can include different art materials, experimental and traditional art techniques. Experimenting with art in a friendly and positive environment allows people to experience their natural capacity to create.
Social Art Edinburgh changed and transformed through the years, and has now been incorporated into the Creativeflow Arts project.
Fairy Tales & Seasons (2018)
Art Tutor – Art & craft activities for children (2017-2022)
Creative workshops developed for Girotondo Children’s Club, a community group based in Edinburgh.
Classes and workshops include a one year programme called Fairy Tales & Seasons. This project aimed to explore Italian and Scottish traditions through the arts. The bilingual children involved, aged 4-12, had the chance to discover and explore Italian and Scottish stories, poems, and songs connected to the four seasons. They learned about their Italian heritage and related their experiences with the Scottish traditions. They reflected on how different cultures can enrich each other and enlive the existing traditions.
The project was funded by The Heritage Lottery Funding. A final event and exhibition took place at the Scottish Storytelling Centre.
Artist in Residence at Abbeyhill Primary School (2016)
Creative workshops developed for the artists in residence programme at Abbeyhill Primary School. The main purpose of the workshops was to highlight the importance of art for the wellbeing of the community.
The children had the opportunity to explore the connection between colours and feelings, and to express their emotions through art. They had the chance to explore their creativity, and to interact with each other, by creating a series of big paintings all together. Additionally, they have been encouraged to create their own “special place” in the community and build little houses with willow and cardboard.
Curated by Iliyana Netkova, the project was also in partnership with The Alma Project and Awards for All Scotland. The final work, Willow Village, was showcased during the Colony of Artists Festival 2016.