“I’ve been painting and drawing since my teens, but I didn’t finish my university degree because I got put in a mental health unit. I’m hoping to use my experience volunteering with Inkwell so that I can go back to university and obtain the actual qualification.
I help with the batik class on a Thursday, and also the Tuesday morning group, which is quite informal and student-led. It’s a great environment. Everybody’s got a skill – you’re always feeding off people’s ideas, picking up new techniques. People don’t judge you on the pieces you create. Mine are quite dark which can unsettle people, but the feedback isn’t negative.
My art references my poetry and vice versa. I’ve done a piece called ‘Curiosity of the Empty Display Cabinet’, it’s all about when you’re empty and have nothing left to give, nothing left for people to take from you apart from your heart. Today I did it in acrylic and charcoal for the first time.