Artist Educators

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Kayleigh Davis

ABOUT: I really enjoy facilitating arts education because you get to see learners explore new techniques and gain confidence in their creativity throughout the session. I take great joy in creating concepts and then seeing how learners respond to the task in their own manner, taking agency and often creating outcomes in completely unique and innovative ways. I think I learn as much from them as they do from me! There is room for everyone to thrive in arts education, whether that’s learning technical skills, finding flow or facilitating play. I love seeing people come away having done something they’re proud of.

TEXTILE PRACTICE: I am a textile artist who works with natural dyes, a lot of which are foraged and grown. I like to create a safe space for all and my sessions have an underlying focus on wellbeing and sustainability. I am passionate about encouraging learners to explore and connect with nature to grow and collect dye materials which they can then use for hands-on textile practice. My sessions involve anything from foraging and growing dye plants, to creating dye pots for techniques such as dip dyeing, eco-printing, tie dyeing and more. I also facilitate plant hammering sessions, batik with natural dyes and creating plant based pigments and natural brushes for painting workshops.

I have worked with WOVEN as a core artist in the Growing Colour Together movement since 2021 and have created natural dye resources and facilitated natural dye workshops for schools and communities. I also facilitated the natural fashion challenge in Kirklees primary schools in 2022 and 2023 where school children imagined a world without synthetic dyes and designed and made their own naturally dyed t-shirts, exploring themes of sustainability and identity.

Following on from my work with WOVEN, I have facilitated textiles workshops with the Paul Hamlyn foundation, Flux Rotherham, Swarthmore Education Centre, Globe Arts and more.

SPECIALIST AREAS: I have experience in working in: Primary School, Further and Higher Education, Adult Community Workshops, Family Community Workshops.

I also teach private natural dye workshops for adults including 1-1s and small groups for people wishing to enhance their skills in a more technical capacity. I have written and taught natural dye courses for adults through Leftbank Leeds and Globe Arts. As well as this, I have facilitated textile workshops at festivals and regularly teach social painting events too. I have also lead ceramics sessions for children as part of Globe’s school holidays offering and have taught natural dye processes to children at Thackray Museum in conjunction with the Fragile Microbiomes exhibition this year.