In 2021 I was awarded an Arts Council England Developing Your Creative Practice grant, affording me the time & resources to develop new trajectories in my arts practice focusing on sustainability within building & artistic production.
This work included: studying Earthship design, enrolling at the School of Natural Building, completing short courses at Brighton Permaculture, practical experiments with cob, wattle & daube, foraged & found materials.
I have developed projects with Custom Locavore Community Garden, Mother House Studios, artist Daniella Valz Gen and established a new production company called Cosmic Constructions with Isabel Pina Ferreira.
Our work as Cosmic Constructions also includes peer learning opportunities under the frame of Learning the Long Way, which focuses on encouraging & empowering more women & LGBTQIA+ people to participate in the realms of building & making. The project is underpinned by the ethos that it's good to do stuff together; benefiting our mental & physical health.
As well as developing skills for survival in a post-capitalist society, I am also considering how new professional partnerships can be re-contextulised when placed within artistic contexts to subvert hierarchical systems and embody the 'trickster' within society and performance-art histories.
In 2022 I was awarded Arts Council England funding to develop the Trickster Trailer, a mobile arts & ecology laboratory. Working in collaboration with Isabel Pina Ferreira, we have presented the project across the South East under the artist name Fiorino & Ferreira. You can read more about our collaborative projects at Fiorino & Ferreira.