I always loved mediation, business and having fun. I found all three things essential as an Artist, Illustrator and Creative Director; whether I worked for large international design companies or working for myself or 3rd sector buIMG_5254sness. These are part of my life have run parellel to my creative work and has it has always been an adventure and kind of joyful too. I always found the structures that make the world tick facinating. My personal path has evolved based on what I learnt when studying a Degree at Middlesex University, adapted again as Design Director with a focus on Retail Design and Identity for Conran Design  for over 8 years, learning how to put together a ‘Fee Proposal’ breaking down information into bite size chunks, so as to explain value of services to those who may be hearing what creative people do for the first time and putting into a language that that can be understood and agreed.

For the first 20 years of my working life, I travelled a lot, worked as a Creative; Illustrator, Artist also teaching and learning as an academic with a focus on: Cross cultural design, Cross Cultural Resonance of Chinease Characters, Environmental Research based in Hong Kong, China, Malaysia Canada and England at UCE Visual Communication and Information Design at Westminster University in London, The School of Oriental and African Studies and at  Hong Kong Poly University.  I met inspiring people, students and staff. Here I learnt how to create research proposals that would also allow me to pursue what I was passionate about. It was a great lesson in how to get paid for doing what you love.

When I came to London in 1999 my focus was on having a baby, being a mum and finding balance in my life. I read loads of books to reorientate myself when i got to England. Nick Williams Book “Discover The Work You Were Born To Do”. was the most influencial on my thinking at that time. I found  that a values based approach could make it work within the world of collaboration and social enterprise and charities.

Once again, time to change my knowledge to fit a new type of buisness, what they were calling the 3rd Sector. I did a lot of research and set up a number of projects. In 2003 I was awarded; Fellowship at The Kings Fund and later that year Fellowship of UnLtd. Still on a learning curve I was given an honorary scholarship at CAN – The Community Action Network...while still learning about this new sector. I did art projects and workshops: developing briefs, visual identity and services. I could add my design knowledge into the mix helping with setting up and vision boards for new business,  artists and creative professionals. I  felt this was excieting, this sector appeared to attract people who were following their heart and passion; charities, social projects, services and collectives of creative people. Over 12 weeks with one of my dearest friends Moira Townsend Williams we did The Artists Way by Julia Cameron together. I knew after just a couple of weeks in that I wanted to find a community, working alone just isn’t for me, I wrote an affirmation to make a commitment to my creative self.

IMG_4762Thats why a week later when I walked past Skylark Galleries and I knew it was the right place for me, I met the friendly artists  who explained how it worked and discovered the history, the bottom up structure as a social enterprise of both the gallery and the community that created it. The ‘Coin Street community Builders’ story is one of community empowerment and unity. It is now a very successful model of a social enterprise that also functions as a business. I knew in my bones, this was the way ahead for me to create a life that has flexibility and is answerable to a collective creative vision. My sister is an artist there too, what a blessing, its fantastic to be part of such a wonderful organisation, I have learnt a lot: about going with the flow, setting a vision, divine timing, listening, being focused and the ebb and flow of being and doing over the years. www.skylarkgalleries.com  Last year with my sister Jennifer Dutton and Angie Brew  Founder of Skylark Galleries.  Together we set up Sky lark Arts . The launch was at Oxo Tower Wharf Southbank Festival of Creativity  bringing together… All The Arts & Wellbeing alongside WE All Draw Exhibition and symposium.

Same thing happened when I met Kirsty Quininn last year and she shared her vision for The Reason Season or a Lifetime Collective  RSL Collective. I thought, this is the future, work that is about caring for our inner values. This is the only way I see a future for this world buisness that is built on kindness for self and others, that also respects our environment and engages communities. Thats it, if we want to have a world that is balanced, I feel we need to operate from differnt set of rules that got us into our current situation where their is no real sense of environmental of social accountability,so much corporate business shows a blatant disregard for personal values and the sustainability of the planet.

I feel driven to serve and help others on their path,especialy those with a creative, social, community or healing vibe. So, I’ve decided for this year to make that part of my job description see; Art, Illustration & Be and Do the work you love. My goal is to share workshops that experiment with creative visualisation and some of the new healing techniques I have learnt; to connect with other souls on the path of working with their inner values and bring them into the world together, lets see where it goes. Reason Season Lifetime Collective is the perfect place to be and do.

A creative and values based business is my dream and to work with others, have fun, be useful and let the dance of life flow through my buisness to adapt to the ups and downs of life. I can let real flow happen so that i become more focused on my actual needs and collobaoations with others, based on what inspires me. When i am inspired, when you are inspired, we have energy and vibrancy. When i follow my truth my soul feels pure joy and my world full of vision for future.

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The caption is a collection of projects from last 12 months; Animation for Vodafone, Illusrations for Mediation Books,and products. The Launch of Sky Lark Arts that brings togeter Arts and wellbeing, with my sister and Angie Brew also joined RSL Collective (A colective of artists and healers). I work on the projects i love, for the next year have decided to share some of the tools that got me there with others.

I now wish to serve others to create a business they love; I am offering services through RSL Collective to do Soul Coach sessions and Soul Guide that combines my readings with coaching elements. I am also going to run a series of workshops at the collective too.

Link to my page at RSL Collective.