Artists Profiles

Artists Profiles

Em Smith

Em is an illustrator and wall artist with a first class honours art degree from Sheffield Hallam University. She has over 15 years experience working with children aged 4-7, this includes teaching full classes and providing specialised art training. Em also has experience working in an art environment with young adults aged 11-18, this includes facilitating art workshops. She has provided art workshops and therapy sessions for bereaved parents, siblings and also children having treatment on Oncology wards.

Em’s daughter died in May 2011 from Acute Myeloid Leukaemia. This devastated her family, slowly Em started using art as a healing tool. In 2014 she embarked on a full time three year art degree. It hasn’t been an easy time, but her determination and passion enabled her to achieve a first class honours. Her finished degree show piece was influenced by her daughters genetic mutations, the cancer and the lack of control of the situation.

Emma is now an invaluable member of our creative team and we couldn’t be happier to have her with us.

Katie Walker

Katie is a photographer from rotherham, she is married and has two daughters. She started doing photography April 2017 after completing her diploma with a 96% distinction in march 2018 and is loving every second of it.

Katie first started working with us in 2017 when we held our annual cake day, she offered to photograph our event for free and has since done a number of different events, designing and website assistance.

Jane Marsden

Jane is one of our artist and workshop leaders. She runs Jem4art and produces textile, mixed media, artwork, and photography.

All driven by the changing seasons, and how they affect nature, or places affected by atmosphere, or the weather. Jane’s photographyis used to capture the essence of a subject, and then translates into a mixture of media and or textiles. We are delighted that she runs art workshops in Leeds children’s oncology ward  

Jacqueline Hilson

Jacqui is a textile artist living in Sheffield and runs workshops in Leeds oncology Clinic. Her influences and inspiration are principally drawn from the art of Vincent Van Gogh, the German Expressionist painter Franz Marc and from the sketches the sculptor Henry Moore made for his pieces. With the technique of reverse appliqué, she uses as many as seven layers to create some of her textile pieces.When creating these pieces the costumes of the Elizabethan periods are very much in Jacqui’s mind, as are the altar cloths of the Medieval period.The conception of a textile piece begins with her upending her stash of silks, organza and velvet and getting a “feel” for the colours. The basic design is drawn and then picked out on a piece of calico. Then the layers of fabric are built up, interspersing the organza between the layers of silk and cotton, as the semi transparency of organza gives an ephemeral quality and allows the layers underneath to be partially seen. The design is then picked out again, this time securing all the layers in place. Jacqui thinks of it as painting with a sewing machine. We are lucky to have Jacqui’s talents shared in our workshops.