Hello, I am an artist specialising in costume making and puppet design. I love to be active and play, I cycle everywhere, love to swim and am (trying) to play basketball. I am very social and love organising events film screenings, poetry readings and more. In the past few years I have spent a lot of time abroad, most recently I spent a year living in Leipzig, Germany. I love to cook, predominantly vegetarian food (with a speciality in sourdough pizza.) I have a BA(hons) degree in Costume Construction from the Royal Central School of Speech & Drama. I am currently living in London but am permanently moving to Hove (near Brunswick) in April and am looking for a permanent position. I am looking for the right family where my skills can fit harmoniously and relationships can develop with ease and understanding. I have a basic DBS check.
In 2019 I spent a year living in Leipzig, Germany where I worked predominantly as an English teacher for children aged 3-6. Working in Kindergartens teaching English through play to classes of 9 children was both challenging and rewarding. I found that my work had to be very responsive to the children’s needs and ability, often having to use my initiative to adapt games and crafts in the moment. This job involved being highly imaginative to create games and play situations that were a careful balance of both fun and educational. The greatest challenge of this job was that my German language skills were limited and therefore having to control a large class of children had to be done predominantly through body language and tone of voice. It was important to try to keep the children enjoying themselves and engaged in the play to keep them from acting out or misbehaving. In these classes, I was fully responsible for the children’s wellbeing and I quickly learnt how to read the children’s behaviour and to sense when things were escalating too far which might have put any of the children at risk of harm.
Alongside this I also worked privately for a family taking care of their 2-year-old son and playing with him, only speaking English. It was fascinating for me to learn and witness how children develop their language skills alongside everything else that they are quickly learning at this time. I had to adapt our play to his needs, providing stimulating activities and imaginary scenarios for him that would be engaging and exciting for his developing needs. I also had to communicate with his parents about how his learning was progressing.
In July 2019 I worked with an organisation called Greater Form who provide a project space for children and teenagers in Leipzig. I was asked to join the collective to organise and facilitate a 6-day workshop around the topic of Fake Fashion. We spent the week working with 10 children aged between 9-14 creating and recreating designer brands. We spent the week doing various activities tie-dye, screen printing, painting, diamante-ing and sewing. The week ended with a fashion shoot. This job was so exciting for me as not only did it allow me to use my skills as a maker with older children but there was also space to have lots of conversation around the subject of designer brands and how and why they affect the children’s lives so greatly. Our conversations included questions like, “what does it mean to be cool?” “what does it mean for the tracksuit to be so fashionable?” “what is style?" “why do we choose to wear what we wear?” “where do we get our inspiration from?" I enjoyed the opportunity of working within a group of people to discuss pedagogical methods alongside the needs and desires of the children.
Working with children in Leipzig allowed me to realise a true interest in facilitating children and teenagers self-empowerment to be creative and social. I chose to leave Leipzig as although there were many opportunities to work with a diverse range of children and teenagers I felt like I could not fully be involved with discussions and important conversations because my German language skills were developing very slowly. I discovered the necessity of creating safe spaces for play and conversation to support the wellbeing of children and teenagers. I want to be able to continue to learn and develop my skills in an environment where there is more of a shared language.
BA(hons) degree - Theatre Practice: Costume Construction - Royal Central School of Speech & Drama
I am looking for part-time work, between 15 and 20 hours per week. I am happy to be flexible and fit around a family's needs. Weekday work only. Occassional weekend babysitting possible.
|Last Updated: 23/09/2020|
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