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'Storycraft was born from a passion for colour, children's writing, picture books and excitement at the interesting and beautiful things children create when something captures their imagination and they are given interesting materials to work with.'

KORTNEY

I grew up in the midwest of the USA and recently moved to Zürich in 2017. I have a degree in Fine Arts and also have a wide range of experience in childcare and teaching. I have been running my own art and story inspired classes at another location in Zurich for some time, so I am excited to have found Storycraft and have the opportunity to work with the rest of the Storycraft team in their dedicated art space in Ruschlikon. It is great to be able to support children to make art in such a free environment where the children can freely express themselves in a large and colourful studio.

I am inspired by children's novels, books, nature, adventure and imagination and love to incorporate these themes into teaching as well into my own art. I enjoy working with children on a variety of different art and craft projects using lots of different materials. Where possible I enjoy upcycling and turning recycled materials into new interesting creations.    

 

When I am not working I love to spend time with my husband and family doing activities such as traveling, hiking, cycling, reading and dreaming about my future dog in Switzerland! I also like a nice cup of tea! Joining the Storycraft team is a exciting and new adventure! 

MADELINE

I am a Filipino living in Zurich, Switzerland since December 2016. I have a background in Fine Arts and I am interested in a wide variety of arts and crafts. Growing up in my mom's dress shop, I have developed a deep fascination for different kinds of materials and have learned to incorporate them into my craft projects; from fabric painting, beading, to making fashion accessories. This passion has carried on to my works as an event stylist for many weddings in the Philippines. 

I enjoy new challenges, and outside of the arts I have also worked in Creative Marketing, teaching English, looking after children in educational environments as well as various volunteer positions working with children.

I have enjoyed teaching the Storycraft drop-off classes this year during the 'Colours of Spring' term. I believe art is about choice and where the project allows I like to provide a large range of materials for the children to work and experiment with. I enjoy all art and crafting, but I have a love of working with fabric and embellishments such as ribbons, sequins and beads. I look forward to offering some creative textile classes at Storycraft in the future. 

 

In my spare time I enjoy traveling and this is a constant source of inspiration for my creativity in the kitchen. I love meeting different people and enjoy hosting experience dinners at my home with a range of world foods on offer.  

MADY

I'm originally from England, but have been living in Switzerland for 6 years. I'm an Artist and Illustrator and you can find out more about my own artwork and my collaborative art on my artist website. As well as being an Artist I have a background in Drama and Theatre Arts and Children's Literature, so my interests include children’s writing, theatre props and puppets, drama, creative play and specifically pictures books for young children. I also love singing and have studied classical singing. After helping organise craft projects at a local playgroup and doing art with my own young children I was inspired to set up Storycraft 4 years ago. 

 

I enjoy making a wide variety of projects, my particular favourites are 3D mixed media creations which never turn out exactly as you expect, but often look interesting in ways you never imagined! I love fuelling children's imaginations and seeing what amazing things come out at the other end. I love the way that children can feel inspired to make anything from anything. I never knew you could make a baseball game from shells, a snake from feathers or a cat from ribbon until the children showed me how. 

I am also mum to two lovely little monsters and in our spare time we enjoy exploring this beautiful country, hiking, camping and of course drawing the things we see and feel! 

MEREDITH

My husband, daughter, and I moved to Switzerland in 2016 from the U.S.A. I have a BA in Art and a Masters in Teaching. Before moving to Switzerland in 2016, I taught art at public elementary schools for six years.

 

I love working with children and watching their excitement grow as they create unique pieces of art. I particularly enjoy helping children to learn different techniques and artistic skills through making different kinds of 2D and 3D projects including painting, collage and sculpture.

 

I have been running parties at Storycraft now for the past few months and it is fun to help a child celebrate their birthday with their friends in such a creative setting. I love seeing how proud they are when they take home the project that they have enjoyed making during the party. I am also teaching some of the classes in this term's 'Colours of Spring' and enjoy working to support parents to work creatively with their children from a young age. I look forward to starting the drop-off art exploration class in Storycraft and doing some parent's sessions, including canvas painting and printmaking later this year.  

 

In my free time I enjoy playing tennis, baking, and traveling with my family.