#daniellesgatestudy

Since leaving university I felt that I needed to start giving myself projects and challenges to keep my creativity alive. So I started a project known as Gate Study.

The project is pretty self explanatory, it’s a study around gates that I find, come across or take a liking to. I seem to have a fascination with gates, preferably ones that open up in farm and crop land.

I see them as barriers, with only letting the owner pass through, but what I find fascinating is the fact around anyone, and I mean anyone can go through if they wished. Even some gates as so broken down they don’t seem fit for purpose but are kept as they have still complete the job they’re meant to do.

You can’t find more of my photographs on my @artbyheighwayInstagram page, on my art website and also on my Flickr page.

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#iamCA

For as long as I can remember I have wanted to work abroad.

For as long as I can remember I have wanted to travel.

So, I finally got accepted for my placement to work at a special needs camp in America for summer 2018.

While at university I found out about Camp America and the amazing opportunities they offer for people that wanted to gain new and once in a lifetime experience. Due to being a full time student and working part time there was no way I would have the time, nor money to be able to go. But then I graduated, got a new job which wasn’t the path I wanted to build a career out of, so I applied as it was the right time. I wanted to work within the art and crafts department at a camp, but especially in a special needs / disability camp. After speaking to the CA team, I felt at ease and the excitement began to build, I booked tickets to the Birmingham recruitment fair, where the camp I had fell in love for, would be attending and hiring people on the spot, on the day. Extremely nervous, I met the camp directors and honestly spoke to them about why I wanted to be part of their camp team and why I wanted to gain my new experience and skills with them. That was it, then and there, they offered me a role within their arts and crafts team. I was shocked, surprised and extremely grateful. All the paperwork was signed off and then I made my way to my boyfriend to tell him the news!

A month later, everything else was finalised. The paperwork was printed and I made my way up to London for my visa application interview (at the new embassy building). The process was simple and easy. You get given a number, speak to two people who chose then and there if they accept your visa or not. Luckily mine was accepted and my passport was sent back to me within the next week. That was it, everything was official.

I cannot recommend Camp America enough to anyone and everyone. They’re a perfect company, make everything easy and simple and help every step of the way!

During my process I created an application video (which is recommended), which I never used. Take a look and see what you think ❤

Thanks for reading!

Cannot wait to spend my summer in America!!

Application Video:

Instagram art page

IT’S HERE! 

IT’S FINALLY HERE!

After releasing more and more professional online portfolio’s such as my website and my blog, I am overwhelmed by the positive response and I am truly touched.

So I figured, one of the best places on social media to show off my work would be on Instagram. So please go and have a look for yourself at: instagram.com/artbyheighway

(and maybe follow?)

Volunteering

Since early September 2017 I was applying for every art based volunteering program I could find, anything from 5 minutes down the road to over an hour commute, but no where was replying to my application emails, so I contacted every single program again and again, applying on different sites and emailing more than once a week, calling the offices and art leaders, in hope someone would give me the chance to help.

Finally The Art Ministry, (a charity based organisation that runs art classes and programs for people that suffer with different disabilities and have special needs) reached out and scheduled a taster evening with the children and young adults group on a Monday evening where I got to see what each session would be like, and if they would like me.

From that night my whole life and future changed.. for the better.

Never have I felt a strong connection to a profession as much as I do with art. Any type of art in fact. The children welcomed me with open arms and I have never looked back. When I started college I worked every week in a variety of roles in different shops around my area to fund my studying. Since finishing university in 2016, I chose to make the career path within visual merchandising which lead my depression and anxiety to spiral down and I felt I was heading no where with my degree. During my most recent role as a Visual Merchandising assistant I searched high and wide for the ‘next step‘ in my career.

During this search I found my love for art therapy, realising how much art helped me at my lowest moments. I researched into MA degrees in this field and realised this would be the ‘next step‘ I needed to take. After a close friend passed away due to depression, I hit a new and different type of low. I tried to stay on my feet, and after doing a evening ceramic course, it helped, woke me up slightly, gave me something to focus on, this was the same week that The Art Ministry reached out to me, and woke me up completely.

Within the art sessions at the ministry, we run different activities and workshops for the children and young adults, where I provide support for each person. I sit and go through the activities on a 1-1 basis, helping them create or draw what they are focused on doing in that session. Some have targets and goals to achieve each day, (which I help with) as well as using the session as a relaxing time away from school, college or home. Most leave the sessions learning a new skill or something new altogether, even if that was building the confidence to talk about their weekend, but also each session I walk away learning something new too.

During the October half term I had wonderful opportunity to volunteer at a charity event  where over 70 children attended with their parents and friends. We set up multiple tables and craft equipment where the children (and parents) could create anything from Harry Potter wands, Halloween tote bags or even just a simple colouring. A lot of outside visitors attended, which is how I was printed in the weekly newspaper in the town.

The Art Ministry has changed my life around and I feel a huge amount pride and confidence that I get to help others too.

Caring through creativity‘ – The Art Ministry.

Graduating

So the day finally came, I became a graduate!

After all the long, hard working days (and nights) I graduated from my fine and applied art BA Hons degree with a mighty 2:1!!

Degree show

Well thats it, my years and years of hard work at university have come down to this. My degree show is up and open to the public!

Printmaking

After getting most of my traditional etching prints finalised before the Christmas period, I took all the time I could when using the studios to develop my work further, so I chose to take my idea into a bigger.. in size (below).

Being a successful idea, I took every studio moment to keep pushing the idea’s further and creating mash up’s and perfected prints which I then framed and hung for my degree show.

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