Di Jones’s freelance career in community and celebratory arts has taken her the length and breadth of Britain. Highlights include designing and leading workshops to make a section of the huge carnival celebrating the opening of the Channel Tunnel; working with schools to create lantern installations in the National Theatre; many and varied gigs with Emergency Exit Arts, from comedy street performances with hand held fireworks to art sessions with parents and under 5 in Children’s Centres, to making giant Ravana effigies for the London Hindu Community and many many workshops for carnivals and lantern processions.
Di is very experienced in making giant puppets, shadow puppetry, processional images and costumes with schools, communities and residential projects, and loves to work with people of all ages.
Her more recent experiments have led her to deliver exciting workshops exploring light and shadows with puppetry and storytelling, often upcycling ‘waste’ everyday materials.
Di’s own sculpture practice, exploring themes of anthropocentricism and utilising waste plastic as an art material, informs and is influenced by her work in community and education, and she considers it integral to all her activities.
Studio: Unit 0 – 32b, Thames-side studios, SE18 5NR