Creatively Employable

We’ve been scribbling and photographing our way to positivity today over with Communities First in Melyncryddan, Neath. Over four weeks Creatively Employable aims to harness people’s creative skills as well as reflect on what strengths our participants have available. Going into employment situations with the ability to believe in your own good qualities is something we all need help with every now and then. People telling you to believe in yourself is all very well but without knowing what you have to believe in makes it a real challenge for some people.

So what exactly were we designing here? I’ll unveil all early next week.



Tomorrow in Briton Ferry

Tomorrow I’ll be in Briton Ferry for a Family Fun Day run by Neath Communities First. This area of Neath has a massive community vibe and everything in this small town is run with community in mind.

Studies in the UK are showing that community has massive health implications. Local people who work together to support each other are more likely to stay healthy. It’s awesome to think that recent trends on well-being and prevention are finally getting the prominence they deserve in the press.

Of course in Neath they’ve known about this for years which is why health, well-being, sports, holistic therapies, good eating, and fun have always been prominent at community events. Supporting families and individuals to be better, healthier, versions of themselves is a common sense approach that I’m happy to support and be involved with.

We’ll be kicking off at 11am tomorrow at Hengwrt Barn in Llansawel Crescent. It costs nothing and everybody is welcome. I’ll be encouraging people to have a go at taking alternative pictures of themselves and considering how photography can be good for your mind and soul.

See you tomorrow!


Big Pharma

I haven’t written for a while because I’ve been busy working on some of my own personal artmaking. This blog is not just a front for the workshops we run but also for my own practice. It’s no good running workshops telling people how to relax and get the most out of their creative side if I’m not doing the same!

I’ve been working on various different things at the moment which are not in the realm of my usual artmaking. It’s good to leave your comfort zone every now and then and rise to a challenge. My art is usually cut photographs, collage, and picture based work. It’s really refreshing to diversify into 3D works and try something new. I’ve been playing with Lego with an idea I’ve had for an exhibition in Denmark. I’m considering what the far future might hold and what kind of world we might live in.

Miniturization, globalization, and innovative uses of existing materials is where I think we’ll be at. Thinking about it, that’s where we’ve always been at. We’re always trying to adapt and improve our lot to make ourselves better. We’re always striving for longevity and trying to harness nature to provide us with either a quick fix or a long-term strategy depending on what frame of mind we’re in. As we become more technologically advanced we’re more and more reliant on tech to get through our day. Would there be a way to exist without it? It’s hard to see how we can ever be independent of technology. Are we becoming so dependent on it all that we’re in danger of becoming a world of addicts. What will Big Pharma hold for us in the future?

Below: Big Pharma 6cm x 6cm x 8cm. Made from Lego and found little plastic people.

Melanie Ezra_Big Pharma [left side view]

Animated ASDES

We’ve been spending this last month with ASDES and working on ways to give participants from the service a voice…. No…. that’s not right…. Participants from ASDES have always had a voice. They’re smart, funny, animated, intelligent, articulate, caring people who deserve to be listened to.
Let’s start again…

We’ve been spending this last month working on ways to enable our ASDES ambassadors to make their voices heard. We’ve been recording their message to employers with ideas on how to get the best out of people with autism when they reach interview. ASDES works closely with individuals to ensure that they’re best supported when entering the workplace so it’s important we get the message right.

We’ve been shooting so that we can create a short film to show employers that people with autism do not match a particular stereotype and that a few small tweaks to the interview process is all it takes to make everyone feel a little more comfortable. We can’t wait to edit this Animated ASDES film and share it with the world. Congratulations to everyone involved int his project and well done for trying all sorts of new things to get the story across. That’s a wrap people!

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