I became a volunteer for the AIMs art group in Worcester earlier this year, because I wanted to improve my confidence and belief in my abilities which at the time were quite low. I have always had difficulty believeing in myself and have never had great confidence, however, when I was doing my City and Guild Design and Embroidery Course (ending in 1992), I realised that the Women’s Institute were running relevant workshops. They made me feel good, encouraged me and gave me confidence, and I found I could do the same for others, ending up being on the art sub-committee and running a couple of day schools for them.
Over the years since and because of things that have happened, my belief in my abilities has been knocked.
I would describe myself as a people person and saw the opportunity to work with an art group as a volunteer as a positive move forward; and so it has proved. I realise that I actually know quite a lot and can try to pass on any skills I have. I have started to paint and draw again to confirm my status as an artist.
As a textile artist I always tried to incorporate reflected light, and am now continuing the theme in my artwork.
The positive help and encouragement I have received from staff and members of the group have boosted my confidence so much that I am not only going to continue as a volunteer but also start my own art group.