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News: Crafty Vicky and her glass-bead­ed ants!

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Vicky Carver 3Lscape

Vicky Carver, 51, from Clifton, has worked in all sorts of different roles over the years - from a poolside attendant to an exam invigilator, but it’s her love of art and crafts that enticed her back to College, in pursuit of launching her own arts and crafts business.

It’s not been easy for Vicky, who suf­fers with severe osteoarthri­tis and has been a wheel­chair user for the past five years, but she says that Col­lege push­es her to get out and about and helps to keep her going.

With a Lev­el 3 Fash­ion and Tex­tiles qual­i­fi­ca­tion already under her belt, Vicky pro­gressed to the Foun­da­tion Degree Fine Art course and is now set to com­plete the Art and Design Top-up Degree.

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Vicky Carver

Vicky has joined cre­ative stu­dents from across the Col­lege in their end of year Cre­ative Shows, which this year have gone vir­tu­al! She said:

I’m so pleased the exhi­bi­tion can go ahead and I’m real­ly excit­ed to see everyone’s fin­ished pieces. The vir­tu­al show means that a lot more peo­ple will see our work which is very excit­ing, but at the same time it’s quite scary; I’m putting my work out there for all to see and I just hope that they like it!” 

For Vicky’s project, she cre­at­ed an intri­cate colony of ants using glass beads and jew­ellery wire. She was inspired by our envi­ron­ment and the effects con­sumer lifestyles are hav­ing on our ecosys­tems. She said: I chose ants because small crea­tures like insects can often be for­got­ten when we think about extinc­tion and the effects on habi­tats and wood­land. The faceted beads give an insect-eye-view of the world around us.” 

The restric­tions dur­ing lock­down have meant that stu­dents have had to think out­side the box for this year’s Cre­ative Shows. 

Vicky com­ment­ed: The sit­u­a­tion has been a real learn­ing curve. I’ve had to think about the space that I have avail­able to me at home to make and dis­play my art­work, as well as the mate­ri­als I could get hold of. A real pos­i­tive is the com­put­er skills I’ve improved on! 


I couldn’t have done it with­out the help and encour­age­ment of my fam­i­ly and lec­tur­ers, who are all so supportive. 

 — Vicky

My eldest son, Adam, is my car­er and helps get me to and from Col­lege, and my daugh­ter Ruth helped me to dis­play my designs in the gar­den at home and took the pho­tographs for the show.

I’m in a class What­sApp group and it’s been inter­est­ing hear­ing about what everyone’s come up with dur­ing lock­down, and I’ve been real­ly look­ing for­ward to see­ing all the final pieces online.” 

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  • 23rd June 2020 (12:35 PM)
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