Francesca

I am an artist and creativity coach. 

I offer coaching around unlocking creativity, developing and improving creative processes, and pushing through limiting beliefs.

In my workshops and courses, I make space for participants to tap into their unique creative expression and find strategies to activate their creative energy. I’m currently designing my first online course, tentatively titled ‘Finally Finish Your Creative Project’.

If you’d like to know what I’m working on at the moment, check out What I’m Up To Now.

Background

I completed post-graduate coursework in Fine Art and Art History with Syracuse University Abroad in Barcelona. I have undergraduate degrees in Architecture from The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art and Graphic Design from Parsons The New School for Design, both based in New York City. I have been trained as a mentor with the Creative Mentor Network (CMN) in London.

I’ve collected over 17 years of professional experience across a range of design and creative disciplines. During my years working a designer in technology and advertising, I created experiences across a range of business and consumer-facing products for clients including Hogarth Worldwide (WPP), Santander UK, MediaCom, and Microsoft. I have experience working with design teams of all sizes and levels of maturity.

I was previously the Lead Instructor of the UX Design Immersive program at General Assembly where I provided instruction and guidance to over 100 students. I’m an experienced mentor and I enjoy providing guidance to those launching creative endeavours.


My passions and interests

Expression

I believe that individual and collective creative expression is one of the most powerful tools we have to co-create the world we live in.

My creative practice includes fine art painting and drawing. I make art to better understand and connect with the world around me. I paint and draw to represent what I see and feel.

I keep this quote from the Canadian painter Agnes Martin in my sketchbook:

“Work is self-expression. We must not think of self-expression as something we may do or something we may not do. Self-expression is inevitable. In your work, in the way you do your work and in the results of your work, your self is expressed.”

—Agnes Martin

Radiance

Making art and connecting with my inner radiance are my life-long goals. In my coaching and facilitation, I strive to create sparks of radiance in others.

Growing

I currently live in London. I split my time between my home studio near Regent’s Canal and my office in Shoreditch.

I grew up in the United States in a sleepy town in Southern New Hampshire, followed by the suburbs of Western New York. I always loved arts and crafts as a child, and I fell in love with painting and drawing in high school. When I was a teenager, I knew that I wanted to be an artist when I grew up.

I became a woman in New York City, first living in the vibrance of the East Village, followed by the calm of Park Slope, Brooklyn. After living in NYC, I left to spend a summer studying art history and glass sculpture in Barcelona. Little did I know when I made that trip, it would be the beginning of a new and magical chapter in my life. During this period, I lived in Italy and Portugal before coming to London.

As I’ve moved around, each place has taught me new lessons—from finding pleasure in Rome, to finding a true sense of happiness in the countryside of Umbria.

Wilderness

One of my favourite childhood memories is of the few weeks I spent at summer camp. The camp counsellors were so kind and happy. Laughing and flirting amongst each other with ease, they would lead us in making crafts from things we’d gather from the woods.

Each morning at the end of breakfast, Vi the Bird Lady would bring her tape recorder into the dining hall and play a bird call for us. She’d read a brief description of the bird, then tell us of its markings and shape. We’d listen as she played the call again, then we’d try to guess the bird. I don’t remember if there was a prize. I was young enough to wonder if she lived at the camp year-round, making a permanent home in her little wooden cottage. I hoped that being an adult would feel like it did those weeks at summer camp, and I was curious if I could grow up to be a bird lady.

Many decades later, after I left New York City, I lived for eight months in the countryside of Umbria, Italy on a work exchange at an arts organisation. We were based at an agriturismo, a farmhouse settled at the top of a large olive grove. It was cold in the wintertime, but there were days when the sun would still feel warm and bright. I found a new sense of contentment carrying firewood up to the main house, watching my long shadow cross the brick walls of the building.

Power

My power manifests through activating my self-expression and through helping others activate theirs. I find my power in my creative practice. I write and draw every day, even when it challenges me.

My professional experience has included creating and facilitating creative workshops, and providing mentorship to designers, students, and artists.

Flow

That magic feeling when everything drops away, yet everything is present. I love the sense of freedom that comes from connecting fully to a moment. It can’t be forced, but it can be nurtured.


Want to have a chat? Get in touch.

 

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