Last Thursday Kirsten and Ruth Mutch gave a fascinating talk as part of our Meet the Maker series, talking about Ruth’s artwork and Penguin Parade, the business they have created to promote and sell her work.
The Meet the Maker series has been designed so that artists working at Project Ability can find out more in depth about other artists and makers’ practice and also get an insight into how creative practice can be promoted and thought about as a business.
Kirsten and Ruth took us through the milestones in their creative journey, starting in 2010 when Ruth joined Project Ability. Ruth developed her distinctive style of working early on and has used this to create successful products, as well as in some instances capturing part of her own personal story, as a working artist with autism.
Kirsten talked us through the practicalities of setting up a website, handling production and promotions, working with stockists and even illustrating a children’s book. They shared some great insights and helpful tips that they had found out along the way.
Ruth gave a heartfelt thank you to Project Ability at the close of the talk: “Of course none of this would have happened if I hadn’t started coming to Project Ability and received the fantastic support and encouragement I get here. They gave me hope and purpose during a very difficult time of my life and have increased my self-esteem and confidence. I don’t know what I would do if I didn’t have Project Ability to come to. I am really grateful for all the opportunities they gave me to exhibit and sell my work, with the highlight being my solo exhibition last year.”
Thanks so much to Kirsten and Ruth for coming to share their inspirations and experiences with us!