A believer in having many strings to one’s bow, I am a freelance video producer, ESL tutor, and gardener based in the West Midlands and I am always looking for new projects and opportunities. I’ve yet to find one that combines all three of these things, so if you have something like that for me you might just make my day. ^_^
I am a freelance artist mainly working with digital video, regularly managing video productions for both organisations and individuals and specialising in the documentation of arts events, exhibitions and performances and interviews, as well as creating my own films. In my own work, I like to examine the poetry in the commonplace, the beauty that goes unnoticed, and the ‘what if?’
I work with a variety of technologies ranging from high definition broadcast suites to low-cost mobile devices. Clients and employers have included British Library Labs, PQA, NCS The Challenge, Kings College London, Thinktank Science Museum and AL Control Laboratories.
I am an independent Arts Award Advisor (trained to Gold level) and have worked with numerous community arts organisations in the UK, sharing my skills with young people interested in media production and the creative industries. I have produced and delivered hundreds of video projects, technology-based workshops and public art events.
I also offer services such as media conversion (limited to certain media, but ask away), image editing and occasionally design/illustration work.
I have recently expanded the scope of my teaching to include English as a second language. I completed the CELTA at the end of 2020 and am currently training specifically on teaching for exams e.g. IELTs. The idea behind this new path came from a lifelong fascination with language and a period in which I tutored my step-daughter to help her through her English GCSE. With no formal teacher training but an apparent knack for it, I began to wonder if this might be something to pursue, so in 2019 I began volunteering at a local ESL class, which had adult students from all over the world. Working with these students and their tutor was an absolute joy and I would love to help more English learners, particularly those who want to hone their UK English in particular.
When I’m not noodling around with digital media or teaching, you’ll find me in the garden. I’ve been a keen gardener since I had one of my own to tinker with, and the pandemic has made it clearer than ever how important it is to have a calming, outdoor space to retreat to. I have been looking after a number of lovely regular customers for some time now, the schedule is pretty full but it’s always worth asking if I can find some time to help you with your unruly plant friends.
I have my own equipment and car, an up to date DBS, first aid training… honestly, I’m a catch.
NB: During the pandemic I am only working from home, online, outdoors, or in the Winchester with a nice cold pint until this all blows over (or rather, until the case numbers drop a bit). Don’t @ me etc (no please do, it’s been a long year and we’re all starved of conversation!)