I am a visual artist working with environmental themes including climate, plastic pollution and am inspired by nature and the shore. I work responsively often utilising found and recycled materials. I began my own educational journey at Edinburgh College of Art, moving on to complete the NSEAD MA Artist Teacher programme. I have delivered workshops and arts-based projects in a range of settings for participants of all ages and abilities including schools, colleges, museums, galleries, and community groups. I enjoy working with people on independent work and have a real passion for the power of collaborative projects making large scale environmental installations, sculptures, drawings, paintings, and banners to name a few. In my workshops I like to show participants how to photograph their own work. I have found these photographs can; improve observational skills, record temporary artworks, be included in portfolios, and can also be developed further using mixed media techniques. Drawing has always been a key element of my practice and I advocate a range of drawing activities for exploring and discovery, for generating ideas and new possibilities and most of all having fun. Workshops can be indoors, outdoors in the local park or at the beach!
" Di came in and taught our year 5 pupils. The skills and knowledge she shared with our children was very insightful. The children learned new skills not only by using sustainable materials but also learning how to use cameras for photography. The session linked to our school councils focus 'protecting the environment' After the lesson the children had noticed certain litter at beaches and parks and some of them have even created their own artwork at home using recyclable materials. We thoroughly enjoyed having Di at our school. Her expertise was much appreciated. - Naomi Bragg, Year 5 teacher, Montreal C of E Primary School I was really inspired by Di's work, I hope we can do more workshops with her in the future. - Oliver, Year 5 pupil