Hi! My name is Si. I am an artist originally from Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, now based in Edinburgh. My main focus is in origami, creating sculptures based on traditional models and teaching this mindful art form. I also create expressionist portraits which reflect human emotion and local landscapes in my distinctive style as well as abstract and experimental work.
It had always been an ambition of mine to become an artist. After building up a successful tree surgery business from 2005, I decided to follow my ambition of becoming an artist in 2016.
In 2017 I decided to commit to drawing on a daily basis to build a habit and improve my skill. I began my expressionist portrait collection in 2017 following a period of temporary eye damage. During this period I continued to draw, creating 'blind' drawings. I have been involved in workshops to aid the visually impaired in creative pursuits which I conducted at Newcastle Vision Support.
I have an interest in wellbeing and exploring creativity which has lead to my involvement in a number of community groups including work at Chilli studios to support individuals with mental health needs in using creativity as a wellness tool.
In 2019 I co-founded Banyan Roots with writer and poet Christine Frazer. This was an exciting project to raise awareness of mental health issues. We published our first children's book 'The Sad' to address the rising number of mental health conditions amongst young people. On this project we collaborated with a number of schools and educational professionals across the North East to determine how this project can be beneficial to children.
I started to practice origami in early 2020 and soon after began teaching in workshops and later worked with schools and care homes around Newcastle to produce large scale origami sculptures. A film about this project can be found on my YouTube channel.
I now live in Edinburgh where I continue with my practice and teaching of origami.