Associates are individuals we work with on a regular basis through our core delivery work.
Mandeep has worked in printmaking for the past seventeen years, since training in Fine Art at De Montfort University, Leicester. She has previously worked in Museums, across varied roles including using natural history collections as a creative source of inspiration for outreach workshops. Alongside her printmaking practice, Mandeep continues to work with Arts and Heritage Organisations delivering printmaking and bookmaking workshops across the East Midlands and is a member of The Society of All Artists, Leicester Print Workshop and Harborough Artists Clusters
Kate Wiltshire has been painting for most of her life and in a variety of media to stay flexible and prepared to respond to whatever the subject or inspiration.Her time is divided between her personal painting practice and community workshops to help people to learn new techniques and develop their own visual language.
Being an artist is natural, but staying an artist is hard for most of us, and the reason I love delivering workshops.
There is a real therapeutic value when people gain confidence to try a new process and be joyfully surprised by their results.
Kate exhibits her work at Warwickshire Open Studios, in group shows and at The Courtyard Gallery, Stratford Upon Avon.
Hi I’m Katie Sone a writer and workshop facilitator with a specialism in writing for wellbeing and mindfulness. I have over 18 years experience of working in the arts in Leicester and Leicestershire managing events and projects, fundraising and workshop delivery. For the last five years my focus has been on writing and delivering writing for wellbeing, relaxation and mindfulness sessions across the community – including libraries, community centres, for NHS staff and older people.
I’m pleased to come on board as an Associate for Crafting Relationships having seen first hand the positive effect on participants’ wellbeing through some of the projects delivered.
Chrissie Van Mierlo is an experienced university teacher, freelance editor and Museums Professional. She is the author of a range of academic articles and reviews, as well as the book James Joyce and Catholicism: The Apostate’s Wake (Bloomsbury: 2017). Chrissie is the Volunteer Project Co-ordinator for the Local History Cafes run by Crafting Relationships at Brackenfield Village, Charnwood Museum and Erewash Museum and a part of the Local History Cafe core team. She is particularly interested in projects that engage older members of the community with the Arts, literature and historical research.