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Meet the Tutor: Danielle

Meet Danielle, our fantastic art student with a flair for creativity, who’s embarking on a year-long journey of exploration and inspiration here at Create98

Hey Danielle, can you tell us a little bit about your journey into art so far?

I have loved art for as long as I can remember. I completed a fine art GCSE and A Level, obtaining the highest score possible and have decided to pursue a degree in Fine art at Loughborough University. I am currently undergoing a placement year at Create98!

What drew you to art in the first place?

I think that I’ve just always been a creative person, there wasn’t ever actually a moment that I doubted this was what I wanted to pursue.

What are you most looking forward to learning or experiencing at Create98?

I’m most looking forward to meeting all of the different creative tutors and learning all about their practices and hopefully finding some local inspiration.

We're all about the love for arts and crafts here. Do you have a favourite craft technique or activity?

Outside of my practise, my favourite craft activity would either be lino printing or paper cutting. Sometimes it’s just nice to make a beautiful design that I like for its aesthetics which doesn’t require too much context or meaning like my studio work does. Honourable mention is making cute animal figures out of clay!

If you had to describe your art style in three words, what would they be?

Fantastical, constructions, narratives.

Can you share a little about your creative process? How do you usually start with a new piece?

Lots and lots of thinking! I research a lot of the concepts that I incorporate into my work heavily beforehand and then I try to represent that in the best way possible. After that, I work out my composition and as a lot of my work includes destructed or constructed canvas, I have to work out where this is the most effective for the storytelling.

Are there any workshops at Create98 that you're particularly excited to be part of?

As a painter, I’m really excited to be a part of the painting academy. I’m always learning so I’m excited to pick up some tips and tricks!

Finally, for all our readers who are budding artists or craft enthusiasts, do you have any words of encouragement or tips to share?

Unlike what some of my university professors say, not all art has to have a meaning! Don’t think too hard about what you make, just create!