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 MEET THE ARTISTS!

 Second Edition FESTIVAL 19-20 Feb 2022

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Riccardo Meneghini

Dancer | Choreographer

Riccardo Meneghini was born in Italy, he has a background in competitive judo, graduated from I.S.E.F. (University of Verona) Diploma in Physical Education and attended a professional courses at “Accademia Isola Danza” in Venice, artistic director Carolyn Carlson. In the academic year 2001/2002 he joined “Transitions”at Laban Centre London achieving diploma in performance with special mention. He moved his base from London to Scotland to end up in having Leeds as his base for nine years. He has worked with such choreographers as Russell Maliphant, Carolyn Carlson, Janet Smith, Malou Airaudo, Rui Horta, Didi Veldman, Kim Brandstrup, Arthur Rosenfeld and companies including Scottish Dance Theatre, DV8 Physical Theatre in a research project, Company Chameleon, CCN Robuaix and Balletto Teatro Torino, Arearea, performing in prestigious theaters such as: Bolshoi Theater (moscow), Sadlers Wells (London), national Theater de Chaillot (Paris); while developing his own choreography vision, working as a freelance performer, teacher and choreographer. Through his lifetime of training and performing as a professional dancer, he has developed a great love and understanding of the human body in all of its wonder and intricacies and of the heart and spirit needed to be a dance artist. His work has been supported by Arts Council England and Provincia Autonoma di Trento several times in the past. His creations often contains original music, Riccardo has been regularly collaborating in the years with composers Demetris Zavros, Jered Daniel Sorkin e Marco Melia. Riccardo Riccardo teaches internationally in different platforms. He has been teaching technique classes, creative movements classes, improvisation classes and composition workshop extensively in these past 20 years. These are aimed at professional dancers, amateurs, adults, children, GCSE, a level dance students and dance and disability programme. Riccardo was appointed lecturer in contemporary dance at Northern School of Contemporary Dance in the year 2006/2007 and now guest teacher. During the years he tought in places such as Rotterdam Dance Academie (Codarts), Millennium2000 (London), Fondazione Bartolomei (Roma), Daf Dance Arts Faculty (Roma), CID Rovereto (Italy), Accademia Nico Pepe (Udine), and festival like: Frieburg Contact Improvisation festival, Trentino Danza Estate , Contact Festival Dartington (UK) , Thailand Contact Festival, and teaching to professional company like of Skanes Dansteatre , Balbir Singh Dance Company, Phoenix Dance Theatre and Carolyn Carlson Company with which he has been collaborating with in these past 11 years. At the moment they are waiting to be able to return to theaters with “The Tree”, the new creation completed January 2021; with "Crossroads to Synchronicity" (2017) and with "The Seventh Man", the latter is a solo creation (2019) for Riccardo Meneghini by Carolyn Carlson.

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Gavin Irvin

Film Maker | Screenplay | Writer

Gavin is a multi-award winning Northern Irish filmmaker based in London. In 2019 his surreal comedy 2:40 to London won Best Comedy and the Audience Choice Award at the Brighton Rocks Film Festival. It also won the Spotlight Award at the Elevation Indie Film Awards, Dublin, and in 2018 it won the Audience Choice Award at the Making Waves Film Festival, Best Short at the Munich International Film Festival and the Brazil International Film Festival, plus the Special Jury Award at the Canada Independent Film Festival. In 2017 he won Best Director and Best Short at the Portugal International Film Festival for the film and garnered a further 3 nominations - Best Comedy, Best Score and Best Short - at various other festivals. He received the Rising Star Award for his debut music video and the Best Short Screenplay Award at the Portugal International Film Festival also in 2019. Before being educated at the International Film School, Wales, where he was mentored by Ken Russell and Peter Greenaway, Gavin was a musician, photographer and artist. He has shared the stage with Muse and other celebrated acts and gone on to compose the music for several of his films. In 2013 he was the recipient of the prestigious Northern Ireland Writers Development Award from NI Screen for his debut comedy feature screenplay, Spinners. He's been nominated twice for Europe's largest short film prize, the D.M.Davies Award at the Cardiff Film Festival, received two IFSW Ken Russell Best Screenplay Awards, a commendation for Best Film from The Royal Television Society, Bristol and Wales, and collected the Visual Impact Award and a commendation for Best Sound at the Ffresh Film Festival. He re-released his award winning graduation film Sebastian in 2017, after it screened in a double bill with the rock opera, Tommy, directed by one of Gavin's cinematic heroes Ken Russell. At the 2004 IFSW awards, Ken described Sebastian as 'the best film since The Devils'. Sebastian is now playing at various European film festivals and has won the Spotlight Award at the Elevation Indie Film Festival, Dublin, received a Best National Film nomination and was part of the Belfast Comedy Festival. Gavin has just completed The Real Mario Grey, a tragicomedy short that he was commissioned to write, direct and compose the music for by BBC Wales, Sgrin and the UK Film Council. Currently, he is adapting Sebastian into a feature screenplay besides developing a number of television and film projects. 

 

www.gavinirvine.com

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Karin F Giusti

Artist | Sculptor | Professor | Public Art

Karin F Giusti currently lives and works in Upstate New York and Popoli Italy. Giusti holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from Yale University School of Art in New Haven, CT and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from University of Massachusetts at Amherst. For the past twenty years she has been a professor at City University of New York at Brooklyn College. Giusti has exhibited her artwork locally, nationally, and internationally in museums, galleries, and public spaces. She has also lectured on the subject of site-specific sculpture widely, including at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington DC. Her awards and honors include a Guggenheim Fellowship in Sculpture Installation from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation; Fellowship in Architecture/Environmental Structures from the New York Foundation for the Arts; Individual Artist Grant from The Pollock-Krasner Foundation; the academic award of Bernard H. Stern Professor in Humor; Individual Artist Fellowship for Sculpture from the State of Connecticut Commission on the Arts, as well as many more.

 

Her work can be viewed at www.karingiusti.com

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Sam J Grudgings

Poet

Sam J Grudgings is a poet perpetually on the edge of collapse. Shortlisted for the Outspoken Poetry Prize in the performance category in 2020 he is renowned for his frenetic delivery & whirlwind stage presence. His work combines visceral metaphors with frank gutter honesty & dark gallows humour. He yells stories about loss, 50 ft monsters, fighting god & haunted people because it's cheaper than therapy & less physically taxing than porno. If he invites you to join a cult, it’s because he sees more than just a sacrifice in you.


He has toured the country delivering his weird explorations into addiction & the complicity of privilege in explosions of flailing arms, off brand hypnotism & cheap magic tricks. A frequent collaborator with artists of all mediums, he has appeared on pop punk albums,  alongside dancers, in art galleries, haunted churches & on most wanted lists. Pushing the boundaries of performance & inviting people along for the wild ride Sam has fought for & earned, the respect of poets & the ire of Gods. Currently experimenting with new forms of performance thanks to Arts Council Funding, watch him shimmer...look at him dance. You. Must. Not. Look. Away.


His debut collection “The Bible II” is due out with Verve Poetry Press in 2021, can be pre-ordered here .

Sam runs workshops on performance as well as campaigning for the recognition of lived experience in professional & academic circles. He endeavours to bring poetry to everyone, by collaboration efforts with musicians, dancers, artists & initiatives in local communities.

www.samjgrudgings.co.uk

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Teresa Albor

Multidisciplinary Artist

Teresa Albor is a multidisciplinary artist, with a studio practice, based in London. Her work is research-based and often involves broad collaboration. It can involve video/moving image, performance, installation, publication, community-based workshops, and forms of artist-led curation.

Teresa has worked with highly stigmatised groups, most recently refugees, but previously with offenders, including a year working on the issue of women in prison in the USA. This latter boy of work resulted in a 10,000 word piece published in the US magazine The Nation, which can be read here.

Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, with recent projects including the performance Solidarity not charity, The things we leave behind presented in Peckham, London in March 2017, a performative presentation at the Sacred Places Conference in Liverpool in April 2017, and in June 2017, NO MORE MISS AMERICA at the Golden Key, Prague, performed with the Rude and Unruly Women collective.

More information about Teresa’s work can be found on her website.

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Adi Atassi

Fine Artist

Adi Atassi was born in Homs, Syria in 1962. Growing up in beautiful landscapes, where the colors of nature alternate dramatically under the glaring light and where history and religion coexist, it was natural for his love of art to surface. At the age of 18, he entered the University of Damascus, where he studied Fine Arts. 

Like a sea gull flying to different lands building its nests, Adi’s fate brought him to Cyprus, which has provided him with his new home since 1987. His status as a foreigner, has given him the loneliness an artist needs, but at the same time, the familiarity of the climate and the history of place, has given him the love and warmth necessary for his creativity to thrive.

He has held a variety of exhibitions in the annual show of the Space Studios in Nicosia, in the Open Studios within the walls of Nicosia and in various exhibitions hosted by the Cyprus Chamber of Fine Arts, and he has participated in many group shows in Hungary, Greece, Turkey, Syria, Romania, Germany, and Spain. In 2006, he won first prize in the art-competition for the design and creation of a work of art for the new Supreme Court building in Nicosia. 

www.adiatassi.art

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Rosie McGurran

Artist R.U.A.

Rosie McGurran was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland and received her degree in Fine Art from the University of Ulster in 1992. She has exhib-ited nationally and internationally and was a member of Queen Street Studios, Belfast in the 1990s. In 1997 she was awarded The Arts Council of Northern Ireland Fellowship to The British School at Rome and The Victor Treacy Award of painting.

In 2000, she re-located to the small village of Roundstone on the west coast of Ireland to research the art history of the village and the island of Inishlacken. She established a gallery and annual island residency, The Inishlacken Project, in 2001 while exhibiting and developing her own work. She has curated many exhibitions in Ireland and abroad while receiving awards and bursaries for her own work. Her work has taken her as far as Australia, Norway, Italy and the U.S. She is an elected member of the Royal Ulster Academy in Belfast.

www.rosiemcgurran.com

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Ingrid Christensen

Artist | Writer

Ingrid Christensen is an emerging multimedia artist. Inspired by other New Zealand artists including Colin McCahon, Robin White, Toss Woolaston, Rita Angus and Marilynn Webb. She is also an accomplished writer and photographer.

More information about Ingrid’s artworks can be found on here.

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Rodney Lee Kincaid

Artist | Opera | Singer | NFT

I guess it is in the Kincaid bloodline. Kincaid's for 500 years have a long line of painters. Rodney Kincaid has been a investment banker for 25 years and is now painting. Self taught and enjoying himself. He use oil, latex, ink, discarded house paint all on canvas usually 10 to 14 point. He paints, then stretches later. He does small napkin works and large 8-10 feet murals. An American in Roma Italy and Santa Barbara California, he paints and sings opera internationally. He also put groups of painting together on short minutes movies, accompanied by impromptu mood narrative and opera singing. Following his roots and instincts of an investment banker, Rodney is championing and innovating NFT Blockchain.

 

His work can be viewed at

www.flickr.com/photos/kincaidpaintings

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Dead Frogs

Ina Nico & Francesco di Loreto

Dead Frogs is a project by Ina Nico and Francesco di Loreto and one of the coolest new experimental music duo ensembles in town!

Ina Nico

Ina definitely picked the right profession, speaking 5 languages. She manages the international press and digital communications at TOD'S Group in Milan. Her calm attitude and her true professionalism make her stand above the fashion drama which could well be lurking around every corner in Milan. She also knows one or two things about art, music and books and is deeply rooted in the south of Italy, where she comes from originally.

Francesco di Loreto

Photographer and director, in the fields of advertising and publishing. In 1995 he participated in a film course at the Akademie Der Kunst in Berlin, held by Wim Wenders, and in 2006 he received a special mention from the jury at the Turin Film Festival for his short film "Le Roi du Silence". Founding member of the photographic studio F38F together with Paolo Mazzo and Mimo Visconti. As well as having produced photographic images for a number of national and international brands, he has also directed films and documentaries of various kinds.

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Tricks Hommie Ryan

Artist | Musician| Rapper

Tricks Hommie Ryan is Kenyan Rapper from Mombassa. Song Writer, Music producer. His latest release ZIONDEO Tricks X Lavido is out!

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Jimmi Sandham

Author | Entrepreneur | Writer

I live in Cardiff, Wales.  The city is diverse, well balanced and exciting. I love it here. My debut novel is based in Cardiff.  Impeccable is an offbeat crime thriller that merges Cardiff student life with a dark and exciting crime narrative.

My writing is fast paced and vivid. Thought provoking and socio-political. Expect excitement and intrigue and an original voice. If you’re looking for commercial genre fiction, my writing is probably not for you. If you want real life issues intricately woven into fiction in a way that makes you fall in love with the words and every now and then a twist that hits you hard on the chin . . .

My writing is enriched by MA Creative Writing and BA in English Literature & Philosophy. I studied at Cardiff University.

Jimmi is Founder of Rhetorik, an ethical street-ware art clothing brand which uses sustainable farming and production techniques to help save both people and the planet, as well as helping them look awesome.

Impeccable

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Beatrice Rehema Katite

Writer

Beatrice Rehema Mlaa Katite is an upcoming author who is in the process of writing her debut book "Tony and his Big Fish". She is also the founder of Bernd with Rehema Foundation, aiming to provide affordable schooling and healthcare in Kenya.

Born and raised in Kenya along the Kenyan Coast, she holds a Diploma in Business Management (Graduate), and is also an Associate Member of the Association of Business Executives (AMABE), UK.

Beatrice Rehema has been working as a legal PA with Kamoti Omollo and Company Advocates for more than ten years. Being in the legal sector her desire is always to see justice delivered to the people she is serving. She always believes in Equity, for he who comes to Equity must come with clean hands.

Having had to fight for her late husband’s wish to Rest In Peace in Kenya, Rehema discovered writing as a way of healing the wound which she was nursing.

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Janet Steen

Writer | Editor

I write essays, fiction, reviews, profiles, and sometimes uncategorizable things. I've published in The New York Times, Jack White's new Third Man print magazine Maggot Brain, Salon, Longreads, Details, The Weeklings, The American in Italia, and many other places. My profile subjects for magazine pieces have included such widely varying personalities as Steve Martin, Barry White, Martin Amis, and Dennis Hopper. I've also written web content, artist bios, and liner notes for albums.

 

My career on the editorial side started right out of college at Esquire magazine in New York, where I worked with writers including Denis Johnson, Mary Gaitskill, and Norman Mailer. I went on to freelance at magazines including Rolling Stone, New York, and Harper's. I was the Books Editor at Time Out New York and the Literary Editor at Details, jobs that required me to tackle piles of galleys and spot new literary talent.

 

More recently, I have been editing books on a freelance basis, helping writers shape, refine, and go more deeply into their novels, memoirs, nonfiction, and hybrid works. My clients have included acclaimed authors Dale Kushner, Wayétu Moore, David Lida, and Carmen Gentile.

 

I am currently working on my own novel, and have received writing fellowships from The Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and the Ragdale Foundation. Most recently I was awarded the Stone Residency at The Museum of Loss and Renewal in Molise, Italy. I also work as a co-curator of the Murmrr Lit reading series at Murmrr Theatre in Brooklyn, where I have hosted and introduced authors including George Saunders, Karl Ove Knausgaard, Maggie Nelson, and Chris Kraus. At Johns Hopkins University, I studied fiction writing with John Barth, Edna O'Brien, Madison Smartt Bell, and Stephen Dixon. 

I grew up in Pittsburgh and now live north of New York City in the Catskill mountains. I love being around creative people, read widely, listen to music obsessively, and frequently pull over to write things down when I drive. 

www.janetsteen.com

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Sophia Willke

Writer | Interpreter | Public Relations

Sophia is half German and half Ecuadorian and was born and raised in Germany. She is a trained translator and interpreter for Spanish and English and a foreign language correspondent. 

In Sophia's own words: More than working as a translator / interpreter where I translate a message from one language into another, I discovered that I enjoy creating my own texts and content far more than merely translating for others. Some of the topics that interest me are, for example, mental health, family cohesion, life style, personality development, money investment, relationships. Sophia is in the process of publishing her first piece on Medium.

Sophia is overseeing and shaping public relations at [sm]art Curators.

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Melissa Hekkers

Journalist | Author

Melissa Hekkers is a freelance journalist and author, who has frequently been featured in mainstream news outlets and other publications in Cyprus.

Her most recent publication (2020) Amir’s Blue Elephant, is her first attempt at creative non-fiction and is based on her experiences as a volunteer working with refugees on the island of Lesvos, Greece.

 

In 2018 she published My Cape Greco Mandala, which is the third in a series, is a colouring book inspired by the wildlife of the Cape Greco peninsula in Cyprus and was preceded by My Akamas Mandala which focuses on a variety of endemic plants found on the Akamas Natural Reserve. In 2016, she published My Nicosia Mandala, the first of the above series, an innovative, interactive colouring book about the historic fortifications of the old town of Nicosia.

 

Since 2015, Melissa has been teaching creative writing to children and adults. Melissa also focuses on silenced communities in Cyprus: she writes about migrants, both as a reporter and author; profiles them and teaches them creative and scriptwriting skills through European funded programmes.

In 2007, soon after graduating with a Communications degree, she published her first children’s book in both English and Greek entitled Crocodile, which won the Cyprus State Illustration Award. In 2012, she launched her second children’s book Flying across Red Skies (in English and Greek), using an experimental approach to literature, for which she was nominated for the Cyprus State Literary award.

 

Her third, similarly well-received children’s book was Pupa (Greek and English), published in 2014 and was adapted as a theatre play in 2019. In between her last two books, she published her first free-verse poetry book entitled Come-forth.

www.melissahekkers.com

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Gero Cacciatore

Fotografo

Gero Cacciatore. (Torino 1974). Fotografo. Lavora a progetti indipendenti di lungo termine tra fotografia d’arte e documentaria con una speciale attenzione alle tematiche sociali dei paesi dell’Africa subsahariana e del Medio Oriente. I suoi reportage di viaggio in motocicletta “da Milano alla Lapponia e l’Islanda” e “da Torino a Teheran attraverso il Kurdistan” sono stati pubblicati in Italia (Riders, In Moto) in Germania (The Weekender) e in Gran Bretagna (Overland Magazine). Le foto realizzate durante questi viaggi insieme a quelle di vita quotidiana sono parte di un progetto a lungo termine chiamato “Recordings”: una ricerca sul processo fotografico e la memoria. E’ stato commissionato da StMicroelectronics per documentare i processi di produzione in diversi siti in Europa, Nord Africa, India, Far East e Usa. In Noida (New Delhi) e Singapore ha collaborato con la ST Foundation realizzando un reportage sulle possibilità delle classi non privilegiate di accedere all’educazione pubblica. Come fotografo di still-life ha collaborato con numerosi giornali tra cui Velvet (La Repubblica), Io Donna (Corriere della Sera), Panorama e Elle Italia, e scattato immagini per campagne pubblicitarie e cataloghi per brands di moda come Tod’s, Hogan, Borsalino, Stone-Island, Fay, e dell’ hi-tech come STMicroelectronics e Alcatel. Vive a Berlino.

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Gero Cacciatore (b.1974 Torino), is an italian photographer who works on a long term photographic project called "Recordings” about he city of Berlin. As a still-life photographer he has collaborated with a variety of fashion magazines such as Velvet (la Repubblica), Io Donna (Corriere della Sera), First (Panorama) and Elle Italia among others. He has captured photographic images for catalogues and advertising campaigns for fashion brands and for hi-tech companies. Pictures of his project “Cinema du Sahel” about cinema fascination in Burkina Faso, shooted in collaboration with Italian Agency for Cooperation and Development and Un Agency for Migration were published by “De Standaard” in Belgium. Gero is a passionate biker and traveller. His last solo motorbike travel reportage from Italy to Iran has been published in Italy (Riders, In Moto), Germany (The Weekender) and England (Overland Magazine). The photographs taken during his journeys as well as ordinary life in the cities are part of a long term on going project called “Do not remove the dust”. Gero lives and works in Berlin.

www.gerocacciatore.com

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Niaz Maleknia

Photographer | Documentary

 

Niaz Maleknia is an Iranian Documentary, People & Lifestyle Photographer currently based in London. She is interested in documenting the more ‘taboo’ subjects in society. Her most recent project documented love dolls, this was exhibited both within the UK and internationally. Niaz recently completed her MA at London College of Communication in Photojournalism and Documentary Photography. She teaches on the camera skills unit on the BA Documentary course at LCC. Niaz is one of the winners selected by the Duchess of Cambridge for Hold Still. Her winning portrait is part of the National Portrait Gallery collection, which has been exhibited both nationally and internationally. Niaz has a great interest in teaching DSLR photography, to children as young as 6 years of age. She runs street photography workshops for both children and adults and works closely with many art councils within different London Boroughs.

www.niazmalekniaphotography.com

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Keith Thomson

Photographer | Writer | Actor

Keith Thomson has been a photographer and artist working in NYC for twenty-five years. He has shown at such venues as The Brooklyn Public Library, Kingsborough Community College, Urban Folk Art Gallery, Ripe Art Gallery, BWAC and others. He currently splits his time between Popoli, Italy and New York.

www.keiththomsonphotography.com

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Davina Johnson

Storyteller | Peace Activist

I am an Australian, married to a Syrian, and living in Cyprus. My passion for human rights has taken me to the refugee camps of Palestine, Jordan, and Lebanon.  I feel privileged hearing the stories of the people I meet. They are intimate and give perspective to what we hear in the news. I also enjoy telling those stories. Generally, I tell them through how they affected me. After all, the original story isn't mine to tell, only the impact it had on me is.

 

One of my poems (The Burden of Choice) was published online in the inaugural edition of The Journal for Human Advancement through The Goodis Centre in Feb 2010. I wrote the poem for a friend in Palestine. 

The internet, and travel, has allowed me to form friendships across the globe. Many friendships were found via mutual interests in poetry, jewelry making, and human rights issues. Life itself set me on a convoluted course that has brought me to this point. The stories I've heard and lived can no longer be expressed in poetic form alone, I feel. There doesn't seem to be enough space to tell what needs to be told. We all have stories. They deserve to be shared in a way that conveys not only the happenings but the emotions too. This is what I want to learn from you. There are important stories to tell that can form or change public opinion on a myriad of issues.

I am very grateful for this opportunity. I'm looking forward to having this safe space to share with everyone and to learn the art of writing. 

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Sandy Humby

Energy Alchemist

Sandy is a multi-faceted Creative, a Sensitive and an Energy Alchemist with nearly 40 years of experience in weaving her innate Creativity with the Ancient Healing Arts in different ways to awaken, heal and open hearts.

 

Her journey has taken her through 20 years as a Couture Wedding Dress Designer in the 80’s and 90’s creating unique and beautiful clothing for clients. Her work seen on many catwalks in stunning locations, in exhibitions and featured in major publications… To turning to her attention to Interior Design in 2000 and the concept of healing space and the home being a Sacred Sanctuary for the Soul. For this work she was a finalist in Design Awards in London in 2003.

 

Sandy’s fascination with spaces continued with the exploration of a deeper understand of the psychology of home. This took her to hundreds of client consultations throughout Europe, UK and into East Coast USA as a House Whisperer, reading spaces energetically and clearing and healing the past stories to reveal the true heart of home for her clients. Sandy was involved in a tv pilot for this work and also appeared on Chanel 5 tv.

 

2010 saw another opening in her journey as she walked through the Rose gardens at the Alhambra in Granada, Spain with her favourite camera. The Roses called her with whispered messages and from there the Rose Alchemy and the Rose Oracle for the Heart was birthed. The 1st edition was published in 2014 and launch with a presentation at the UN in New York on the Rose and the path of Peace. The expanded 2nd edition was published 2019. Each of the Roses carries a frequency and a channelled message of Love and the Rose Oracle has now gone around the world touching and healing hearts. 

 

Her life’s work weaves the stories of Women, the Feminine and Ancient Wisdom through the past into present time… to find self-love, a true voice and sense of authentic empowerment.

Currently Sandy is immersed in another creative adventure, birthing a book that speaks to this Rose Heart journey and the transformational energies of this time. I am based in the New Forest, Hampshire, England.

 

www.RoseAlchemy.com

www.SandyHumby.com