Francine IsaacsUsing visual arts skills to connect people to the environment
Francine Isaacs is a visual artist and a dynamic gardener motivated by self-sufficiency who has worked as a part time lecturer in Art & Design in the FE sector for twenty years. She has a BA (Hons) in Fashion and Textile Design from Liverpool Polytechnic (1988), a PGCE (FE) from The North Shropshire College (1999) and an MA in Fine Art from Glyndwr University (2011).
Her work centres around her experience and awareness of the garden as an interface between the human and non-human world. Concerned with wider environmental issues, such as the sustainable production of food, energy efficiency, systems theory and the use of natural resources, Francine intends through her work, to inspire others to connect with nature through their own gardens/growing spaces, thus promoting sustainable lifestyle choices.
The work consists mainly of mixed media paintings, unique prints, fine art textiles, artist’s books, time lapse photography and light and scanning electron microscopy; connected by common themes: circular, seasonal, lunar and time based cycles, colour, pattern and the captivating structures that can be found beyond normal vision. Francine has collaborated with other artists and organisations including the Eden Project and the National Botanic Garden of Wales. She has won design competitions and exhibited her work throughout her career.
Francine has worked on a variety of community arts projects, including: Celebration of Children’s Creativity (1998/99), Lake Vrynwy Organic Sculpture Weekend (1999, 2000/01), Environmental Art Trail, Shrewsbury (2002/03), Pathways to Curation (2012), Mapping for Growing (2014), Local Green Champions – Making a Difference (2015) as well as leading numerous independent workshops.
She aims to:-
• promote the garden as a source of connection to the natural world.
• inspire others by helping them to recognise the cycles of nature at work and the inherent beauty found through an increasing awareness of the garden dynamic
• enable others to recognise the potential of their own gardens/growing spaces as an arena for positive change, empowerment and sustainable living
Llanfyllin High School pupils are privileged to have been able to take this opportunity to work with such a successful and inspirational artist. This has enriched the coursework element of the A Level in Textiles and thanks go to Francine Isaacs and the Green Hub for funding this ‘Mapping for Growing’ art project. Mrs Vicky Owen, teacher of Art and Textiles, Llanfyllin High School, 2014.
A very inspiring exhibition, wonderful to know of all the projects happening locally – bringing them all together reinforces the difference those brilliant projects/people are making. Anonymous, Local Green Champions – Making a Difference exhibition, Llanfyllin Workhouse, 2015.