Take a Lesson With Me
1 hr | $30.00
Below is an example of the various pieces of art that I would love to teach you. One may bring their own supplies or for a nominal fee you can buy from me.
2 hr | $40.00 per person
Gather 1 to 8 of your friends for a fun workshop learning any of the techniques pictured below. Call Leigh to discuss further materials list.
Call me at (440) 552-8578 to learn more or book a lesson.
I strive to help people of all ages enjoy life through the creative process. I believe the process and experience of creating art is just as important as the end product. We are a place to have fun, relax, learn, and get away from the daily grind of life. Whether you enjoy making beautiful art, or you need an outlet to release your emotions, we provide a safe environment that caters to your unique needs.
I love creating and teaching in ways that resonate with the soul.
I would say my passion for art and movement is rooted in my childhood and my professional career.
As a child growing up in South Africa during the 1950’s, I did not have all the man-made gadgets and toys that we do today. However, what I did have was an unlimited supply of creative materials provided by nature. I was always using my imagination and creating art with whatever I could get my hands on – sticks, rocks, and flowers of all shapes and sizes. I was always drawn to art as it was an activity where I could express myself, detach from childhood challenges, and feel good about my unique talents.
As for my professional career, I was a ballet dancer, teacher, and choreographer. I worked hard at my craft and was fortunate to be a part of three world-renowned ballet companies, including The Royal Ballet in England, The Stuttgart Ballet in Germany, and The National Ballet of Canada and its feeder school. As I reflect on my past, I can see the similarities. I was arranging choreography, music, and costumes to create a complete ballet performance, and today I use color, beads, plastic bottles, textiles, and other found objects to make my art.
My artistic journey has had many phases. I started out by making paper maché jewelry that, once painted, looked like agate, jasper, and other semi-precious stones. I then went to a wonderful workshop in Tucson, Arizona, and got bitten by the beading bug and decided to open a store where I carried millions of beads, pearls, and precious stones. My favorite times were doing commission pieces for brides and their extended parties. I would sometimes have to include the mother's and grandmother’s pieces of jewelry into a headdress or necklace, giving me a real glimpse into the bride’s history and bringing it into current times.
My newest creative pieces are made from recycled textiles. I have been diving into the world of textiles after spending time in Morocco and seeing the most wonderful collection of yarns, natural wools, and vibrant pieces of art. I left the country and immediately started working on large looms, which I make myself, and coiled baskets. My finished pieces are always very textural, colorful, and wonderful to the touch!
I would have to say that my work and teaching are spontaneous, with lots of color and lots of movement. I love this approach as it is experimental and emotionally freeing, and I never quite know how one will turn out. I guess I still have "dancing in my blood and combinations in my head!"