Studio: 4 Edgar St | Worcester
@stephaniegreen_waldorffamily | @worcesterartscollective
| @stephaniecavill_artist | @dauntlessdaughters
I was born and raised on a farm in the Somerset Hills, in the South of England. I painted as soon as I could hold a brush, just like my grandmothers before me. My journey in politics and environmental activism began in these childhood years too. The child of a politician I was raised to know we should help each other, so I started various recycling schemes and conservation areas in my school and village. In the 90’s we were all so hopeful, we could see climate change on the horizon and we were working to change minds and habits. Children today have a new and more pressing climate challenge and my work aims to inspire hopeful wonderment in a generation.
My teen years were filled with environmental schemes, volunteering, international public speaking and painting. At 18 I exhibited early oil paintings in my first group show in Taunton.
When I inherited my Grandmother’s paints it ignited a passion for watercolours. While based in Taunton I exhibited with the Somerset Arts Week and Somerset Artists Network with several solo and group shows. Selected at 21 to exhibit online with young talent at the online Saatchi Art Gallery.
Art, Activism and Bristol.
I moved to commission work in 2006. Exhibiting and selling work from our base in Bristol and throughout the UK. In 2008 friends invited me to join their creative design team at the design agency, Shaped by.
By 2012 I established Kindred Design my studio and relocated to Worcestershire. In 2012 I also launched my first not-for-profit group, Dauntless Daughters, to increase diverse visual representation in early years literature. We quickly established a national audience and along with presenting at conferences, I helped the UK Department of Work and Pensions and grassroots organisation WomenEd. My illustrations and writing is featured in whitepapers and published in several books.
When my children were born I re-imagined my passion for education and the environment. Our parenting journey has been, and remains, an odyssey – as we weave through Waldorf, home-school and the mainstream – our children have always been free to find their rhythm and pace.
From 2012-2019, I headed up the Parent Committee and served as a school Governor, I worked as a designer and volunteered to teach handwork with children. Over these years I painted a range of children’s illustrations to inspire wonder and help connect learning with nature through art. Painting from the spare room in our cottage in rural Worcestershire.
Becoming a company.
By 2023 the Wilded Family Illustration projects had grown to such a size we need more space. Currently stocked in 60+ countries and translated into 8 languages the collection of art is housed within the company. Publishing my 4th book in 2023, the first to feature watercolour illustrations through-out.
Worcester Arts Collective.
Founded in Spring 2023, Worcester Arts Collective (WAC) was created to give an intentional supportive space for fellow artists to find their commercial feet, and develop opportunities to nurture a supportive co-op.
WAC are excited to open up our studio spaces to the public as part of Worcester Open Studios 2023 at No4 Edgar Street. We are a community interest company (CIC) made up of artists and makers who promote visual arts and creativity in all its forms through our projects, exhibitions and spaces. The studios are in a Worcester City Centre location close to local amenities. As we are in a listed building, wheelchair access is not possible. The individual studios are on upper levels within the building with stair-only access.
In September 2022 I began to study under the excellent tuition of Juliet Wallace-Mason, joining the Kings Printmaking Co-operative. The medium has wholly captured my heart.
My work and study in printmaking revolve around the exploration of this rich and skilled art form, which allows me to capture light, texture, and depth uniquely. I am fascinated by the intricate process of printmaking and the subtle variations that emerge in each print, even when they originate from the same plate.
Throughout my artistic journey, I have delved into various printmaking techniques such as etching, linocut, woodcut, and lithography. Each technique offers a distinct set of challenges and rewards, pushing me to develop my skills and expand my creative boundaries. Drypoint etching is the technique which resonates with me and it is these pieces I offer to this exhibition.
During my studies, I have had the opportunity to learn from experienced printmakers who have shared their knowledge and expertise in the field. Through hands-on workshops, demonstrations, and critiques, I have gained a deep understanding of the technical aspects of printmaking, as well as the history and cultural significance of this art form.
My work often explores themes of nature, spirituality, and human connection, drawing inspiration from the world around me. I strive to create prints that evoke emotions and provoke thought, using the unique qualities of printmaking to enhance the visual impact of my designs.
My passion for this art form drives me to create works that not only showcase the beauty and skill of printmaking but also inspire me to continue to explore its unique qualities.
Future projects underway include: A small series ‘More than Lily and Birds’, prayer icons, which will launch at the Worcester Arts Week exhibition. A series of accordion books available for Christmas 2023, limited edition of 25. My debut limited edition novel, The Kingdom of Mystwood, release in Summer 2024, published by Farsight Press, will be accompanied by original dry point etchings. Detail through social media and www.worcesterartscollective.org