Therapeutic escape: Zara Tisma

Therapeutic escape: Zara Tisma

Artist Zara Tisma turns to art as a therapeutic escape; a form of meditation that helps her to declutter her mind and process emotions. Through her detailed drawings she explores the dialogue between nature and man-made environments, seeking to find a harmonious balance between both worlds. We speak about what inspired this exploration; how she overcomes challenges in her practice and how creativity affects her well-being.

Interior Design Journey: Beth Diana Smith

Interior Design Journey: Beth Diana Smith

For American Interior Designer Beth Diana Smith, the corporate world eventually took a back seat to make way for her passion. In our chat, Beth shares her journey and some advice for those looking to transition from a corporate role into creative entrepreneurship. She also shares some of the challenges she typically faces and what art and design truly mean for her and their impact on one's well-being.

Awakening: Nuria González Alcaide

Awakening: Nuria González Alcaide

Artist Nuria González Alcaide shares how she has awoken and unleashed her inner artist after years of "following the line". Nuria draws on society for inspiration; her project 'When you pretend...' explores themes of compliancy, pretence and solitude, when we feel the need to hide or mask our emotions to conform. Art is a tool for self-exploration; she goes beyond her perfectionist tendencies and allows her emotions to pour onto the canvas. In our chat she shares her studio rituals, creative process and her dreams as an artist.

Playfulness: Stephanie May

Playfulness: Stephanie May

Artist Stephanie May (McGowan) breathes playfulness into her vibrant ceramics. Gathering inspiration from her daily rituals, Stephanie explores themes such as water, movement and connection as she enters a meditative state to create emotional objects that spark joy and curiosity. In our chat she talks about how working directly with the clay connects her to the rawness of nature and grounds her; sharing her favourite parts of the creative process and how she overcomes challenges in her practice.

Euphoria: John Hammonde

Euphoria: John Hammonde

For Kent based artist John Hammonde, the creative process evokes feelings of excitement, anticipation and euphoria. In his explosive and expressive art pieces he uses a spectrum of colour to express an array of emotion. In our chat John shares his creative process, his exciting collaboration with Folkestone Fringe this year and how art is essential for a balanced mind and a healthy mental wellness.