Wishing all my clients, past, present and future, a very happy and successful New Year! 2015 was such a busy year, filled with new challenges and exciting projects. I can only hope for even more of the same for 2016 and am looking forward with enthusiasm as to what we will create in the next 12 months.
Last year saw continued growth and development, of my workshops for young people with learning disabilities. I was delighted to increase the number of regular weekly workshops to include 'Quiet Art' sessions for those who were unable to participate in our usual, more boisterous sessions, and we have had remarkable success with many new artisists now able to join in and really fulfil their potential. It has been a delight to work with them and I'm looking forward to welcoming new faces over the coming year. The Graphic Design workshops have been so successful throughout our first year that we are now ready to put our learnt skills into practise and this year will see us producing a range of new designed products for the POST19 online shop, including a range of Greetings Cards and our very own book! Watch this space for more details...
Wallop continued a happy alliance with Alton College throughout 2015, producing a range of design materials from educational and promotional flyers, posters, billboards and banners through to events marketing and invites. The college have gone from strength to strength of late, achieving a top ranking in the prestigious Sunday Times list of best UK Colleges and it's a pleasure to be able to play a tiny part in their continuing success story.
Aside from education, Wallop has enjoyed a range of diverse bespoke graphic design projects this year, from marketing and promotional materials for local events, to branding and logo design for fantastic new and emerging businesses to creating Cover designs and internal illustrations for new authors publishing their books. It has been a whirlwind and a pleasure and I've met so many creative and lovely folk along the way, who I do hope will continue to be a part of Wallop's future.
During 2015 I was lucky to have had the opportunity to learn some new skills to add to the Wallop 'bow strings' - metalsmithing and learning to create in 3D was a huge learning curve but one which will hopefully open many new doors and I will be indulging in again in the future. (Blow torches are fun! Who Knew?) I'll be adding to my materials list this year, having booked myself onto courses to work with glass this time around. From stained glass panels through to fused glass with silver clay... a material I have been interested in working with for such a long time, its ridiculous that I've not got round to it yet. But new years tend to give one that kick up the butt to go for it, so here we go! The future is bright and looks.... transparent... :-)
SO. Here's to another happy, successful, creative year and a big THANKYOU to everybody who has joined me along the way over the last 12 months