Encorum recently met well known crafts tutor Christine Green for lunch and a chat about her art, and about potential links with Encorum.
Has your career always been about crafting?
I have been making things for as long as I can remember; clothes for my dolls, soft toys, and lots of drawing. My dream was to work for the BBC and I consider myself extremely lucky to have been given the opportunity to realise that dream. I spent twelve years at a television centre designing opening titles sequences, relishing the creative challenges that each project presented. I also ran the Film & Animation department at the Graphic Design School at Kingston University. I enjoy sharing my experiences and inspiring others to explore their own creativity.
Given your wealth & range of experience, what has been your greatest work achievement?
It’s really hard to choose just one! When I was a student I won Kodak’s “Young Photographer of the Year” and whilst at the BBC I was invited to co-write a book, “Contemporary Needlepoint Design’, but getting a BAFTA nomination for my work on ‘Cambridge Spies’ is probably my proudest moment.
How on earth did that lead you to crafting, and to Paper Cutting in particular?
I was on an extended trip to Canada when I taught myself paper cutting. It’s a craft that I finding fascinating – the clarity of the cutting and designing clean graphic shapes appeals to me. I needed to send birthday cards and gifts home and these hand cut panels were perfect. I had plenty of time on my hands, a ‘Dollar Store’ in the town, (great for paper and foam board) and a scalpel.
It sounds very “simple”. Do people sometimes wonder if it isn’t just ‘cutting out doilies’? Sorry, that sounds rather rude!
Often students arrive not sure what they have signed up for, but by the end of the class they are won over and thrilled with what they have designed and made. “Thank you SO much. I had no idea that we could create those sort of things.”
We know that you do some teaching from home in Denton, Oxfordshire but are we correct in thinking that the bulk of your teaching is at external events/locations? We are very happy to be sponsoring the workshop series at the 2018 Stratford Literary Festival – here – where you will be running two sessions.
Absolutely. In addition to the Stratford Literary Festival, I have regular workshops running at the WI’s Denman College, the Oxford Summer School and HF Holidays, amongst other places. As we have discussed, I would be delighted to look at running a special taster workshop for Encorum members.
That would be excellent – thank you! We look forward to working together. Is there anything else that you would like to add for those of our members who might be tempted to try one of your workshops?
Coming on one of my courses is a great opportunity to get in touch with your inner creative self and to learn something new and fun which you can pursue at home. I aim to inspire my students and bring lots of resources and inspirational material to show them what they could aspire to. And of course you’ll also meet some like minded people which is always a good thing .
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