I was first diagnosed with Dyslexia when I was 21, during my first year of University. Having this confirmed suddenly made sense of past school reports; where I was always described as “very quiet,” and “just below average.” I realised that I had worked extremely hard just to keep up, but the confidence that I gained from doing well in art allowed me to go on to further education and progress in a career in something that I thoroughly enjoy.
My biggest achievement so far was completing my MA in Goldsmithing, Silversmithing, Metalwork and Jewellery at the Royal College of Art. It was during my first year at the RCA that I had the opportunity to take part in an interdisciplinary week called AcrossRCA. There were various projects to choose from but the one that most appealed to me was Qona’s ‘Dyslexia and Maths’ project. I chose this because I had struggled a lot with Maths at school and hoped I could create something to help the children in some aspect of learning the subject, with the help of Art. The week resulted in a selection of children from Fairley House School visiting the college to try out our creations. The children realised that they could successfully apply their strengths in Art onto other subjects. It was during this week that Qona mentioned the Creative Mentor scheme. Having just completed the AcrossRCA project with Fairley House school I was immediately interested in being a part of it.
I hope that being a Creative Mentor will relate to the childrens’ difficulties and show them that it is possible to succeed with their strengths in Art and Design. By teaching them various skills in Applied Arts that I have learnt over time, I hope they will be both surprised and excited by the creations that they can produce and gain confidence in new areas of Art and Design.
Royal College of Art, 2013, Jewellery & Metalwork