New Hampshire
Profile Type: Artist
Artist
vicky anderson

Vicky’s crafting background was forged by her parents’ own creative and resourceful upbringing. She has worked with clay, fabric and paper since childhood, and her work has been featured through establishments such as Rockingham Craftsmen, NH League, and seasonal fairs.

In her workshops and one-on-one sessions, projects are introduced and approached based on the goals of each individual. While Vicky offers information and assistance regarding design, materials, and techniques, students are also encouraged to explore and reflect upon their own creative process. This method originally evolved during her workshop studies in Child Development and Creative Arts in Learning at Lesley University.

Ms. Anderson was Assistant Director at the Three Maples Arts & Nature Camp for 6 years and has offered Awakening Clay workshops at various organizations and events. She continues to be involved in public education as a substitute teacher in the Seacoast NH area.

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Vicky is drawn to crafts to work, for the unknown, for solace, for inspiration.  She loses herself becoming open to possibilities of her current mediums – individuation of color, shapes, balance, contrasts for a particular person or situation.  Herein the outside world is closed off with its trauma and misgivings while she is captured to explore special qualities of whomever/ whatever she creates for.      Transformation awaits ~

"If certain emotional and imaginative developments do not take place now, they will be very difficult to achieve later without the help of illness."  (MC Richards, Toward Wholeness, p102)

 

vicky is an artist versed in many art forms, including works with paper (drawing-with-scissors, papermaking-plus, book-making), clay (including local clay), fiber arts (patchwork, clothing design, quilting). Custom design is always possible. Her teaching experience ranges from adult ed to elementary education level ( some younger/some older), and business creatives.  For paper crafts, materials available to hand can offer more than may be expected. One workshop she's developed in clay is 'Awakening an Earth Resource,' a unique exploration.  Using primitive techniques: grasp the dimension of bringing forth your own clay from local, yet ancient, clay-dirt.  Learning or sewing-machine-adepts may wish to explore her ideas for fleece/flannel/patchwork creations. Her formal studies followed these lines: creative arts in learning and child development. These practices encourage non-threatening decision-making and visualization of  an intended outcome ~ skills that prepare the brain toward real circumstances, nudging healthy outlooks, preparing one towards maturity - however elusive. Vicky has developed her personal business over the years: a program involving creative energies for living with creative arts in learning. This encourages the innerjazz in each of us.

credits:  overall supervision: Morganna Becker, nefa.  intro: Sarah Jesurrun.  profile image: K.Morneau. last photo (clay intro): Marghi Bean.

I Have Worked With

  • June 2019

    When still in Portsmouth, my daughter and I volunteered for the Children's Museum of NH, my offering some workshops while she helped children at the Yellow Submarine.  On leaving we donated my dad's safety bee headgear which had become popular.  Eventually, I learned of the Mini-Maker Faires.  Having offered 'CLAY: Awakening an Earth Resource' in 2016-17, I plan to offer this abbreviated version of the workshop again this season. 70+ children of all ages have participated during the 5 hours, bringing local clay to its working potential, perhaps making a totem to keep.  This workshop became copyrighted  in 2018 via some enthusiastic UNHLawIP interns.

     

  • May 2018

    I was selected to draft a pattern-and-directions to facilitate others to sew the 100 year old Woodstock Dress (1915-1935) popular for its unique and unusual design in the Woodstock Arts Colony of that time.  My patterning is considered successful. Before I carefully took this model of the dress apart, I offered a 'show and tell' at 3 local long-term residential care homes (Riverwoods, Brookdale, and Webster) for their senior population who may have had some familiarity with it.  Those attending were mostly those who sew/have sewn, often with older sew-machine models.  They were thrilled to share in this now-pre-history for themselves, reaching back to their mothers' era.  My mother and both grandmothers sewed (even professionally, one for the queen of Latvia before immigrating here) and taught me from a young age, so I know.

     

  • February 2017

    As Recreation Assistant at this long-term care - and p.t. - facility, I created art programs, both group (such as beading) as well as individualized.  These included art activities for both those who are-or-aren't ambulatory and encouraged choices, design, color preferences and placement.  For St.Patrick's Day, many stenciled shamrocks.They painted colored tissue with water, to facilitate tearing for collage, background for positive and negative of sponge-stencils - especially of dragon-and-butter-flies, varied flowers and other plants which I free-cut on request.

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Contact Information

First Name: 
vicky
Job Title/Position: 
craftsperson
Physical Address: 
Exeter, NH 03833
Last Name: 
anderson

About

Profile Type: 
Artist
Primary Discipline: 
Visual/Crafts - Decorative Arts
Additional Disciplines: 
Visual/Crafts - General
Visual/Crafts - Ceramics
Visual/Crafts - Clay
Visual/Crafts - Decorative Arts
Visual/Crafts - Experimental
Visual/Crafts - Fiber
Visual/Crafts - Illustration / Drawing
Visual/Crafts - Jewelry
Visual/Crafts - Leather
Visual/Crafts - Mixed Media
Visual/Crafts - Paper
Populations Served: 
Adults
Elders
Families
General Public
Immigrant Populations
Native American Tribes
Nonprofits
People with Disabilities
School Groups
Teens
Youth-At-Risk
Institution/Business Type: 
Artist (Individual)
Activities and Services: 
Art Sales
Arts Criticism / Journalism
Arts for Social Change / Creative Activism
Arts in Healthcare
Arts Instruction / Lessons
Community Arts
Creation of a Work of Art (Including Commissions)
Curriculum Development
Design Services
Public Art Projects (In Free, Public Spaces)
Residency - Community
Residency - In School
Workshops / Demonstrations / Master Class
Geographic Reach: 
Town / City
County
Multi-County Region
State
Multi-State Region

Affiliations and Accomplishments

Professional Associations: 
Vocals - Seacoast NH: JourneySong, with Hospice Certification, interfaith-gospel: Rock My Soul, Higher Ground, Funky Divas of Gospel (early group) . I also Americanized the Suzuki method for piano, then for violin for my own young children, their choice
Tire playground structures: Exeter Elementary, Exeter Day School, N.Hampton Montessori: I directed or assisted at these locales.
Craftsperson-seamstress/taught/sold: varied fleece &small quilted items, plus - via Exeter Fine Arts (2013), NH CraftWorkers' Guild (2011), Rockingham Craftsmen ('96-'06; membership chair '99-'05), The Wild Iris ('99--01), League of NH Craftsmen ('94-'95)
Education: 
BA - Child Dev/Creative Arts in Learning + accepted to MA: Lesley University
Social Services, Art - Goddard College, entrance to Sr.Division
Craft Workshops taught by: Cutter Ceramics, Kit Cornell, Gerry Williams, M.C.Richards, Paulus Berensohn (Pendle Hill)
Independent Studies in Arts/Crafts, Infant & Geriatric Care, Hospice, Energywork
Awards: 
Waiting List for scholarship, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts

Accessibility of Services

I can and have worked with those with above-mentioned issues, and am happy to. Programs at my home are limited, but I can travel to other's homes and available sites to present adaptable programs.

I am a Teaching Artist

Teaching Settings: 
Afterschool Program
Arts and Cultural Center / Venue
Community Site / Center
Healthcare Facility
Private Studio
School / University
Subject Areas: 
Arts Integration - Communications
Design
Visual/Crafts
Ages Served: 
Pre-Kindergarten-age
Elementary School-age
Middle School-age
High School-age
College-Age
Adults
Seniors
Certifications / Training: 
BA: Child Development/Creative Arts in Learning
NH Paraeducator II
First Aide/CPR
Hospice
Reiki / Shamballa Teacher (energywork)
Accepted to MA program "Young Children With Special Needs" - incomplete.
Fee Range Minimum: 
$5
Fee Range Maximum: 
$500