I was first diagnosed with Dyslexia when I was 21 years old, during my first year of University. I had always struggled with my learning during school years so finding this out made a lot of sense to me. I realised that I had worked extremely hard just to keep up with the average. The confidence I gained from studying art allowed me to go onto further education and progress my career in the creative industry.
I completed my MA in Jewellery and Metalwork at the Royal College of Art in 2012. It was during my first year at the RCA that I had the opportunity to take part in an interdisciplinary week called AcrossRCA. I chose Qona’s ‘Dyslexia and Maths’ project because I had struggled a lot with Maths at school and hoped I could work on supporting the children with more academic subjects using art. The week resulted in a selection of children from Fairley House School visiting the college to try out our creations. The children realised that they could successfully apply their strengths in art onto other subjects. It was during this week that Qona mentioned the Creative Mentors Foundation to me.
As a Creative Mentor, I share my own experiences of having Dyslexia with the children and teach them various skills in Applied Arts. I hope they will be both surprised and excited by their creations and gain confidence in new areas of art and design.
Royal College of Art, 2013, Jewellery & Metalwork