Natalie’s work with the YHA
Natalie has been collaborating with Sheringham YHA on a wide variety of art projects since 2011. The hostel staff and Natalie have worked together to create murals, host annual exhibitions, and devise decorated objects as part of the Crab and Lobster festival. The painting of the beach hut style phone booth and games room mural have added a bit of coastal fun to the hostel. In 2014 Natalie designed the wall art in the entrance hallway and reception area. This was subsequently painted by another local artist, Colin Seal.
In 2013 Natalie held her first exhibition as part of the hostel’s annual Open Day. On this occasion Natalie exhibited her coastal photography on canvases. This included a range of local photography and a collection of photographs that Natalie had restored from her family’s archive. The 2014 exhibition was a series of vibrant printed illustrations entitled Sheringham: Colours and Carnivals. This was a series of eight scenes showing weekend events in Sheringham. The 2015 exhibition showed the LibertyIII YH361, her father’s traditional wooden crab fishing boat. It was based on Natalie’s and her father’s collection of photographs which Natalie turned into original illustrations annotated with text showing the career of the boat. In 2016 Natalie’s exhibition coincided with Sheringham Carnival and told the story of a typical Sheringham Carnival Queen. Also in 2016, Natalie was commissioned by the YHA to create a series of branded cards, two of which were for the YHA’s charity: Breaks for Kids.
Natalie’s work with Weybourne Meet the Producers Market
“I launched Weybourne Meet the Producers Market in 2011, with co-creator Natalie, and it’s grown from about 10 stalls to a record 28 this summer … we’re growing again next year with a re-launch as Norfolk Artisan Fair.” Glyn Kirpalani, 2016.
The market was originally based in the courtyard at The Maltings in Weybourne. It was a mixture of food and arts/craft producers. The monthly market outgrew the venue and relocated to Kelling Heath Holiday Park, where it has been ever since. Natalie assisted Glyn Kirpalani in co-ordinating the producers, event planning, marketing and admin. Natalie is very proud to see Glyn has taken the event to the next level by rebranding as the Norfolk Artisan Fair.
Natalie’s work with the Sheringham-Muzillac Twinning Association
“Natalie’s work on the website has been invaluable. She has created a very user friendly site which is easy for members to access and for us to maintain.” Teresa Williams SMTA Committee member with website responsibilities.
The Sheringham-Muzillac Twinning Association is an officially recognised twinning group between Sheringham, in Norfolk and Muzillac in Morbihan, France. Natalie was a committee member of the SMTA from 2012-2016. In addition to greatly improving her French speaking skills, Natalie was instrumental in building the current website and coaching members of the association on how to use WordPress so that they could add content and maintain the website. Julia Hurlbut (Chair) made a presentation about Natalie’s work for the SMTA, see here.