Featured Creatives

Anna Skoyles

Today we are featuring the amazing Anna Skoyles, a children’s author, singer/songwriter, a multi-disciplinary creative and inspiring person!

Anna teaches a 'Happy Writing Course' From blank page to finished with ease! CLICK HERE TO FIND OUT MORE!

Here are Anna's thoughts on creativity 💬

"I love creating and am usually creating something, whether it’s writing a song, story, some art or my new hobby: crochet.

My creativity is really helping me to get through the pandemic. When I don’t know what else to do, I turn to my creativity. The creative process seems to be very healing for me, particularly writing and songwriting especially. With songwriting, I express what I’m feeling through singing and/or playing an instrument, getting it all out and into a song. Then I feel better and have a song that didn’t exist before I was feeling that way.

I don’t know where the songs come from but I’m glad that they appear. During lockdown, I trained in music production. It’s so much fun producing songs in my home studio! Only 2% of music producers are female and I hope to get the opportunity to do more with my new skill and my music. I’d love to work with Coldplay.

With crochet, I enjoy making hats. I’ve started making them for myself and other people. It’s fun to make big and small items. There isn’t much out there for UK left-handed crocheters so I’m having fun and experimenting with making up my own designs and patterns. At the moment I’m making Christmas tree decorations to sell on the Folksy website: it’s for British handmade crafts.

I can’t stop creating and I hope I never do!"

- Anna Skoyles 💬

To find out more about Anna’s work and creations please CLICK HERE

Jane Hossington

Here is a message from a lady I met recently, she was introduced to me because she does the most 'amazing needlework'. This lady is remarkable. Her needlework, art projects, nature and the choir all help her mental health.

Her work really takes your breath away. She kindly has written her view of how creating reduces the negative mindset and helps her feel connected.

In Jane's words.... 💬

" I first started painting funnily enough when I first became ill in 1995. I was inspired by the now fallen tv artist Rolf Harris saying that anyone can paint. So I gave it a try. When I was sectioned I took occupational therapy classes where I did painting and pottery. I even had singing lessons. Which is another big part of helping with my mental health. Singing and music. I sang in the school assembly choir whilst at school. When my boys were little I embarked on a city and guilds floral art course. I loved it and I'm pleased to say I passed. I did flower shows and had my own dried flower business which I had to give up when I divorced.

After I came out of hospital the last time I went to a local art class and was told I could draw. So then I joined an art club and did a basic drawing course which I passed and got a merit. I started doing tapestries and went to an embroidery class and remembered what my nan had taught me; she taught me how to crochet too. I've found that art and crafting have helped me this year through the lockdowns, as well as singing I belong to St Swithuns church choir."

- Jane Hossington 💬

Art from the 'Sandy Sunflower Trail 2021'

Erin - aged 3 'The Sunflower next to the Spring at night'

Tilly - aged 5 'The sunflower at Gilby's'!