Today, we would like to introduce you to the brilliant Stephanie Allan, who has been volunteering with our older young people on Saturdays.
“I graduated from the Glasgow School of Art in 2013 with a degree in Textile design, specialising in embroidery. Since finishing art school, I have developed a multi-disciplinary practice; my work in this time has extended from textiles to three-dimensional objects, print and installations.
I came across this volunteer opportunity by chance and I’m so glad I did, working with such inspiring young people in a shared environment has been a truly rewarding experience. Having the opportunity to work on one to one projects with the artists as individuals has been invaluable in teaching me how to balance encouragement, instruction and when to leave others to their own intuition. I am always amazed at many of the artists’ approach to their work – there is no fear, lack of motivation or willingness to try new techniques – which is really refreshing and uplifting. During my time volunteering with Project Ability, I have been able to fully appreciate the importance of the creative process, developing confidence and wellbeing within the individuals.
Saturday afternoons are always the highlight of my week! The studio is such a welcoming environment; the creative energy is really inspiring and has definitely had a positive effect on my own art practice. I am so pleased to be able to work within the field of art and healthcare by volunteering at Project Ability, and this is definitely an area I’d like to continue to work in the future.”
Thank you Stephanie!