Is your school looking for a permanent ‘statement’ piece of art to showcase your pupils’ creativity, express your community’s individuality and to promote your school’s ethos?

As a visiting artist and an experienced teacher I can enable your pupils and staff to create something unique and beautiful to enhance their learning environment; whilst helping your school, whether Primary or Secondary, to work together to foster local links and a sense of community cohesion.

Artist in Residence

I am available on a whole day/half day basis to work with members of your school community to lead art and craft projects with a defined end product – for example a wall-hanging to display in a newly decorated entrance hall, or perhaps to commemorate an event or to celebrate links with the local area. These projects are tailored to meet your specific requirements and can be linked to National Curriculum and Framework Objectives as part of your school’s planning for a creative curriculum. I am happy to teach the skills involved, source materials and lead the project from conception to completion; or to act simply as project manager by providing inspiration and design ideas, perhaps through INSET training with your staff.

In-school workshops

I also provide in-school workshops to develop particular art, craft and design skills, from patchwork and embroidery to papermaking and felting – the perfect way to provide creative challenge for your Gifted and Talented pupils, as well as to meet the needs of the ‘Excellence and Enjoyment’ criteria. These workshops could be held as stand-alone events, enrichment activities for selected groups of children or as part of a programme of extra-curricular clubs. More details are available at

Business Enterprise

My craft-inspired cross-curricular Business Enterprise Project enables pupils to work collaboratively as ‘companies’ to design, create, promote and sell their own products, culminating in a ‘Craft Fair’ where parents are invited to purchase the merchandise. This provides a fantastic chance to use Numeracy and Literacy skills in a real-life context, whilst contributing towards your pupils’ financial literacy and promoting an awareness of economic wellbeing, as required by ‘Every Child Matters’. It really is amazing how much learning takes place once real money is at stake!


Prices for whole/half days and artist-in-residence projects vary, depending on the type of project, materials and the nature of my involvement, comparing favourably with supply teaching rates.

Contact Me

Crazy Mary is the teacher behind the Primary Schools’ winning entry in the International Festival of Quilts at the N.E.C. 2009, plus the second prize winning entry in 2010.

Safeguarding Children

I hold Enhanced C.R.B. Disclosure status and hold Public Liability Insurance. For more details and risk assessments please contact me.

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"A passionate Cityscape."
"A great idea, well carried through…"
"A lovely pictorially descriptive quilt…"
F.O.Q. judges 2010

"I love the way each student has a personal design response to a textile…"
"Exciting joint project with good reference to Oriental fabric design…"
F.O.Q. judges 2009

"…excellent selection of fabrics. Beautifully stitched and embellished."
F.O.Q. judge 2008