Welcome. I’m Miki, creator of Ruby and Blue. I am a maker and teaching community artist with a background in textiles, sculpture and education.
My loves are tea, sewing, crochet, print and making with other people in whatever way I can from whatever materials I can lay my hands on. I sell at local arts and craft markets with my ‘Ruby & Blue’ brand, and with local independent retailers. I often up-cycle fabrics, and am inspired by children’s book illustration, tattoos, and craftivism…
I’m also curator at Tees Valley Arts which allows me to work with our local communities using culture and creativity to enable social change, and I speak at activist events and workshops alongside this, mostly about feminist issues and body confidence.
Take a look at my handmade work which is available to buy wherever we do markets, and from local independent retailers as are my leaf teas and tea accessories. I am passionate about my town and co-run the Shop Local campaign ‘Totally-Locally Guisborough’, including running independent markets.
I also often take commissions for schools and the local community, and my clients include The National Trust at Ormesby Hall in Middlesbrough, and many local schools, including Chandlers Ridge in Middlesbrough and St Paulinus in Guisborough.
As a teacher and community artist I have worked for many years in schools, and particularly enjoy working with adults with special needs.
What now seems like many years ago, I set up community arts company ‘SkyBlueRed’, fostering collaborations with the local community and other local artists and makers.
On solo projects, I have been able to provide art sessions and projects for over 1,500 local children during this time. A click on the logo will take you to my community arts page ..
I also run workshops for all ages and abilities, often alongside fellow artist Geraldine Pattinson, of Bean Creative. You can find out what workshops we currently have on offer here I was one of the founding creative team who set up and ran local arts business and teashop SkyBlueRed Studio, moving on from the venture in Jan 2014 to return to community arts as project officer for Tees Valley Arts.
Thanks for your interest in Ruby and Blue, enjoy the site and please comment on what you find!