Jessica is a poet living in Kent for the last 6 years. She lived most of her adult life in London. She was brought up in Mumbles, Wales. She has been writing for around 3 years and has been published widely, notably in Agenda, Interpreter’s House, Prole, Ink, Sweat and Tears, Antiphon, Clear, Obsessed with Pipework among others. She has a background in Biological Anthropology and currently works in Public Health. She will have her first pamphlet collection “The Swell” published by Telltale Press in October 2016. Jess is one of the co-founders of this Fractals Project.
Jill Munro is a poet. Her work has been published in many poetry magazines and She has been long-listed three times for the National Poetry Competition. Her first collection ‘Man from La Paz’ was published in 2015 by Green Bottle Press, London. She won the Fair Acre Pamphlet Competition 2016 with ‘The Quilted Multiverse’, published in April 2016. Jill found joining Fractals pushed her poetry in new directions by responding to the work of artists and photographers, an experience she has found inspiring and rewarding. Four of the poems produced as a direct result of her Fractals involvement appear in ‘The Quilted Multiverse’.
Sarah Miles lives in Tunbridge Wells and runs Paper Swans Press. Her flash fiction has won a national writing competition and her poetry has been published in various publications and websites, including The Poetry Shed, Prole, Mslexia, The Emma Press, Picaroon Poetry, South Bank Poetry and The Interpreter’s House. She is currently branching out into to lyric-writing with an acclaimed local musician and earns her living from teaching.
Charlie is a writer and creative writing tutor who has several local history books and literary guides in his back catalogue. He describes himself as a poet first, and loves collaborating with others on projects. Currently he is working with local artist Tracey Elliott on an artwork based on Bayham Abbey and its historic inhabitants.
David is a poet currently living in sunny Tunbridge Wells. Previously he lived in
Barnes, Bristol, Brussels, Johannesburg and Liverpool. David has been writing for decades and is haunted by several unfinished novels. He loves collaborations and is currently collaborating with a local writer on a Kent-based crime novel, and with a local artist on an illustrated book of humorous semi-erotic poems about vegetables.
Steve Collins is a UK based photographer and has been capturing images for well over 30 years. His photography is widely published and previous clients have included, among others; BBC, Channel 5, Nikon, Saatchi and Saatchi, IPC Media, IMG World, Muscle and Fitness Magazine, FHM Magazine. He specialises in location-based portraiture and off-camera lighting techniques. Oh, and dogs! Steve is a co-founder of the Fractals Project.
After graduating with a degree in photography, Laura now runs a successful graphic design and advertising company in Tunbridge Wells with her husband. She’s had a love of captured imagery since her teens and her personal photography work has seen her develop a passion for the outdoors – beginning with photographing nature on a macro scale, then moving on to landscapes, and more recently, abstract patterns. Her travels have taken her to magical Slovenia in winter and the wonderfully diverse island of La Palma in Spring – not to mention Wales and Scotland in all weathers! Laura’s artistic direction as a photographer has taken the ‘organic path’ and is constantly developing. Taking part in collaborative projects such as Fractals is another step in that development, one that is challenging, inspiring and rewarding in equal measure.
Caroline is a writer who uses photography to tell stories. A member of the Society of Women Writers and Journalists she was awarded The John Walter Salver in 2015. Her short stores and photographs were published in What the Dickens Magazine where she also had a regular column. Passionate about Tunbridge Wells Victorian Heritage she is actively involved with the Friends of Tunbridge Wells Cemetery where she is busy recording the changing seasons and memorial sculpture. She has a passion for ephemera and capturing fleeting moments.
Katharina Mahler-Bech lives in Royal Tunbridge Wells and has spent years documenting the history and heritage of the town and surrounding areas in thousands of photographs and archive material.
In 2006 to commemorate the town’s 400th anniversary, she produced a CD “Historical and Interesting Views of Tunbridge Wells”. It contains a wealth of information including old pictures & maps, electronic texts of many old books published during the last two centuries and most importantly photographs of RTW as a record of the town.
She continues to photograph for this and other projects including, since its re-launch in 2010, for “Royal Tunbridge Wells in Bloom”. To ‘put the town on the map’ by winning Gold in “South & South East in Bloom” for several times is her recurring aim. She also enjoys bee-keeping.
My name is Tina, I am originally from Switzerland but have been living in Tunbridge Wells for the past 28 years. As a single parent of three wonderful children, I have loved photography from the day they were born. People used to tell me all the time that I should become a photographer so I decided to go back to University to study photography and build up my portfolio in 2008-2010. Having worked very hard I love shooting events, corporate head-shots including website images and property photography. I am very lucky to have my hobby as my job and just came back from 3 months travel around Asia which was breath taking and can’t wait to set off again.
My father was an artist and a drawing teacher and I started my first contemporary abstract oil painting a couple of years ago and fell in love with the oil media on canvas. I think anyone should do art as it is the best medicine for a heathy wellbeing 🙂
I am an inspiring artist, graphic designer and silversmith. I have always kept my artistic lives apart – but now I’m sure one definitely feeds the other. Inspired mostly by colour combinations found in nature, shapes and textures, more recently, photography and poetry. After growing up in Cheshire I moved around the country, gained knowledge by renovating houses, bringing life back into gardens, all of which have influenced my style and filtered into my creative pieces. Trained as a graphic designer and after working in various design agencies I went freelance and continued to design magazines and produce illustrations. Moving to Tunbridge Wells and starting Fractals with Jess Mookherjee and Steve Collins, our growing artistic movement, has encouraged me to keep my artistic hand in. I love the idea of inspiring anyone to pick up a brush and have a go at being creative. Currently working on paintings for my website and commissions gained from exhibiting my work in South East Open Studios and around Tunbridge Wells earlier this year.
Jemma has an eclectic background with a master’s degree in Civil Engineering and a diploma with honours from RADA in Technical Theatre. Since then, she has worked extensively in theatre both in the UK and abroad, including for the Royal National Theatre, various West End productions and as Head of Props for Chichester Festival Theatre. As a prop maker, she is used to working in a wide range of materials and styles, but Fractals is her first venture as an artist. Her work reflects her diverse experience and broad range of skills but she is also often to be found venturing into unfamiliar territory. Current work is focused on visual elements for the Bloco Fogo Samba band.
Helen Martin is an artist currently living in Groombridge, near Tunbridge Wells. Helen trained at Ravensbourne College of Art & Design and went on to complete an honours degree at St.Martin’s School of Art. Later she gained a postgraduate diploma in Art Therapy at Goldsmith’s College, and later still an RHS certificate in horticulture.
Helen has worked in graphic design and calligraphy, as an art tutor and an art therapist. Currently she works with people with dementia, using art & craft and as a freelance artist.
Throughout it all, Helen has always created abstract images… loosely based on mostly plants and people! She loves to accentuate planes using light, shade and alternative colour to create a depth of image in meticulous detail. Helen has mostly used drawing to achieve this, although she has branched out into inks and ceramics, and most recently into digital images. Helen is currently experimenting with a mixed media technique combining both drawing and digital images using multiple layers.
Inspiration taken from tiny details I capture, making nature, animals and people unique. Art, colour, expression all translated on canvas, paper, silk, linen and murals in varied media.
Lynne is a versatile designer with many years of design experience. Her expertise is evident in managing textiles studios, home furnishing and fashion designs and colouring up pattern ranges.
She has a meticulous eye for design detail, colour and botanicals and displays excellence in high quality detailed, painting, drawing and specialist paint techniques.
Lynne has executed large commercial and residential projects in Misha Design studio, developing and implementing mural wall art, making fund applications and producing art projects under ‘Percents for Arts Schemes’ and ‘Arts in Health’ for hospitals and hospices, schools and private residences, children’s playrooms, kitchens, conservatories and garden murals. She takes commissions on children and pet portraits.
Lynne has taken on a new challenge as a Design Consultant creating and developing kitchens and bathrooms on CAD, working on creative solutions to a client brief.
Ellen Montelius is an art tutor, comic artist and an aspiring apiculturist. Her comic work is mainly domestic narrative and her recent short stories are themed on dementia and the elderly in society. She has been a practicing beekeeper for over six years and studying the British Beekeeper Association’s challenging beekeeper modules.
She is a co-project manager for the Tunbridge Wells based Cross Pollination Project. Its aims are to raise awareness of the plight of pollinators and initiating community pro-action to create a tapestry of bee friendly plants in urban and suburban settings. look out for her bee themed comics in the next few months.
Ingrid has always had a love for fabrics and textiles of all sorts. Sewing, crochet and knitting have been a part of her life since she was a child and she loves making things in her spare time. She produces mainly useful items (clothes, home accessories, bags), generally out of a need for something that she cannot not find in the stores. Her artistic direction is one of making the useful beautiful, of producing practical items that want to be used, touched, looked at, and most importantly put a smile to someone’s face.
Our Fractal home has been at Javabean cafe, hosted by the lovely Debbie, who goes out of her way to support the local arts. Javabean is a long established independent Café on the High Street of Tunbridge Wells, who do great coffee!