I’m currently working with members of Bridgend Craft Collective as a Creative Mentor. If you’re not sure what a Creative Mentor does then let me explain: I sit down with people who either have too many ideas or not enough then support them as they formulate a plan to move their creative activities forward. I share my experiences of the joys, frustrations, challenges and satisfaction of being a self-employed craftsperson to help other people who have chosen the same route. I enjoy empowering and enabling people to overcome obstacles and fulfil their potential. Over the years I’ve done training courses in Counselling and Health Psychology, got a Certificate of Higher Education in Creative Textiles and learnt to speak Welsh. I have B.Ed and BA (Hons) degrees and was awarded an MA in Contemporary Craft from Hereford College of Arts in 2018. Together these qualifications mean I can take on the role of skilled helper when people want to focus their minds on how they’d like their craft practice to grow.
I have a freelance practice as a Writer, Textile Artist and Creative Mentor. At present I am developing a project called Y Llwybrau Digoll (The Unlost Paths) which centres on poetic and embroidered interpretations of landscape. I also mentor creative writers and practitioners outside of the Bridgend Craft Collective. I write a monthly blog which can be read on my website at www.marialalic.co.uk and I post regularly on twitter @marialalic .