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MEET: Lindsey Kennedy Smith by Karen Jinks of www.chalkhillstudio.co.uk


Lindsey Kennedy Smith is both Mosaic Artist and Educator. UK Handmade asked her how these seemingly two different careers work together.


Please tell us about yourself and how you got started. I originally trained as a jeweller and silversmith at Birmingham School of Jewellery. Growing-up I was always interested in ‘making stuff’, probably because I was encouraged to by my mother who taught me to knit, sew, and cook. My dad was often building models and DIY projects. If you have someone around prepared to help you get started it makes a huge difference. Looking at my family history I have since discovered that my grandmother started work at 13 in a Manchester cotton mill and went on to work for most of her


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life making tailored clothes. Other ancestors were poor framework knitters in Nottinghamshire and stocking manufacturers.


After Convent School, I went on to study Three Dimensional Design at Art School and experimented with a wide range of materials and techniques.


After several attempts at making a living at designing and making, I re- trained as a primary school teacher. I went on to study for an MA in Museum & Gallery Education at the Institute of Education which brought together my passion and interest in education and cultural arts.


I left mainstream teaching and set up my own freelance consultancy and, over the past 12 years, have built


up a successful and varied business. The range is quite wide; I can be developing a learning programme with a museum, training volunteers in how to deliver workshops to schools, leading practical workshops across a variety of audiences or designing learning resources in galleries and heritage sites, community centres and in schools.


Alongside the consultancy work, I also design and make a variety of crafts – most recently this has focused on making mosaics. So everyday is different!


I work across a whole range of crafts from mosaics, textiles, jewellery- making, knitting and lots of junk modelling including fantasy furniture and insects. Recently I led a mosaic workshop for adults


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