Another week and another amazing volunteer! Please meet the multi-talented Nicola Prosser, who is currently volunteering with our Aspire group.
‘Having graduated in 2013 from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design with an honours degree in Illustration, I have continued to seek out further experience in the creative sector to continue my artistic development. I am currently employed in a graphic design studio where my work includes print design, filming and editing, public art concepts and schools workshops. My own practice draws inspiration from my interest in history.
I am always interested in seeking out new skills and experiences, and since graduating I have explored crafts, alternative printmaking and have attended pottery throwing classes at the Glasgow Ceramics Studio.
I have always admired the work done by Project Ability and the artists they support and strongly believe in the values they encourage. I was drawn to volunteer as I wanted to be a part of such a wonderful organisation and help support fellow artists.
I was thrilled to discover the wealth of materials and practices available in the beautiful Project Ability studio space and I was especially excited to see an excellent printmaking area. Printing has been a main focus in my own work and I have greatly enjoyed sharing my knowledge and enthusiasm with the other artists. In the next block of workshops I am looking forward to trying out more printmaking techniques.
The opportunity to watch and learn from such talented tutors has also been a privilege. With so many different creative minds together in one space, all working in contrasting and complementary ways, the tutors never fail to have ideas and suggestions for new artistic directions. The support they offer, both to the artists and the volunteers, is invaluable.
Everyone attending the workshops has their own unique talents and interests. In getting to know each artist and how they work, I have been given a great opportunity to learn from them. They have taught me so many new skills, from using felting machines to hand building ceramics. I have found that being in such an uplifting environment is greatly beneficial for everyone involved and I always leave feeling inspired. It is magical to be able to watch so many people take so much joy from their own art or craft.
I have found this to be an eye opening experience and one that is incredibly rewarding. I have really enjoyed getting to know the artists and tutors and I feel at home as part of the Project Ability community.’
Many thanks Nicola!