Becky Holbach
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Becky Holbach

Sensory Textile Designer and EducatorManchester, United Kingdom
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Becky Holbach

Sensory Textile Designer and EducatorManchester, United Kingdom
About me
As an Embroidery and Mixed Media artist I am constantly developing my practice and use of materials to create tactile, sensory pieces. Recently this has been achieved through beading and using light technology such as EL wires and fibre-optics. Within my work I am passionate about advocating the importance of combining Art and Education. I also enjoy exploring how creating interactive, sensory art can help engage and excite various people with different needs and abilities, especially children. I find myself often combining my findings and exploration in my own art practice into my teaching and tutoring and vice versa.
Projects
  • Sensory Playground- Interactive Light Pod
    Sensory Playground- Interactive Light PodThis is the final project in the 'Sensory Playground' series I have been exploring throughout my final year at university. Throughout the year I have focused on creating interactive sensory textiles. After creating a collection of samples incorporating braille so people without sight could 'see' the writing on the samples, I became fascinated with creating interactive samples for people with different needs and abilities. 'Interactive Light Pod' has been created with the focus on providing a
  • Sensory Playground-Exploring the 5 senses
    Sensory Playground-Exploring the 5 sensesThe first project in a series of project centred around the idea of a 'Sensory Playground', 'Exploring the 5 senses' is a collection of samples that can be interacted with, manipulated and uniquely explored by the observer of this work. Like the of this work suggests, the group of samples engage all 5 senses: touch, taste, smell, sight and hearing/sound. Each sample focuses on one or two of these senses in a variety of ways, such as using scented latex or being stuffed with bells and squeakers
Work history
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    Workshop FacilitatorNational Saturday Club
    Manchester, United KingdomInternship
    Working as a workshop facilitator to create online workshops for children aged 13-16. These workshops were focused around sustainability, and within my main workshop I focused on teaching how combining traditional embroidery techniques can be combined with non-traditional found materials. Alongside delivering workshops, I have attended a range of training session workshops. This training included: How do people learn, engage and grow? Building a sense of community through workshops Dealing with the unexpected and being resilient
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    Worskhop Facilitator and Community Art Engagement VolunteerRoyal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB)
    Manchester, United KingdomFreelance
    As a Arts Community Engagement Volunteer with the RNIB, I have created a variety of online art tutorial content and also facilitated numerous online art workshops for the RNIB members. I have specifically tailored these activities for people who are blind and partially sighted so that they are easy to follow and allow their confidence in engaging with art activities to grow.
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Skills
  • Embroidery
  • Workshop Design
  • Workshop Facilitation
  • Design
  • Drawing
  • Educational Design
  • Collaborating
  • Project Management
  • Beading
  • Installation Design
Education
    Manchester School of Art logo
    Manchester School of Art logo
    BA(Hons) Textiles in PracticeManchester School of Art
    Manchester, United Kingdom
    Specialism in Embroidery and Mixed Media
    Leeds Arts University logo
    Leeds Arts University logo
    Foundation Diploma in Art and DesignLeeds Arts University
     - Leeds, United Kingdom
    Specialism in Textiles, Fashion and Costume Design