Naseem Darbey
Naseem Darbey

All About Naseem Darbey

Naseem Darbey is an artist and visual story teller who explores the relationship between drawing and textiles and, through direct observation, creates unique “hollow drawings” and 3D installations using a sewing machine as her drawing implement.
Drawing is Naseem Darbey’s first and most fluent language. It is the method by which she tells stories. It is the technique she explores in her dreams and it is the way she translates her stories into unique, bespoke 3D art works.
Naseem’s ultimate objective is to allow her drawings to leave the page. Although her lines begin their journey on a two-dimensional plane, her transformative process results in three-dimensional sculptures.

Naseem “draws” freehand, constantly moving her sewing machine needle over her base medium of pliable water-soluble glue. When satisfied with her drawing, she sculpts her work over a Styrofoam base and dissolves the glue. The only trace evidence of her intricate process is the solid 3D structure of her lines which have become a unique and complex “hollow drawing”. But while her technique is remarkable, the element that elevates the outcome is story. Naseem’s narratives are as viable and pleasurable as her sculptures.
Naseem is based in Bingley, West Yorkshire and has exhibited and worked on arts residencies since graduating in 2001. She has worked in arts education for over 11 years in schools, museums, galleries and special education.

Naseem’s Qualifications
BA (Hons), Fine Arts, Bradford College, Yorkshire, England (specialising in Textiles and illustration)
M.A. Print Making, Bradford College,Yorkshire, England

Press and publications:
2012 ‘Textiles, the Art of Mankind’, Mary Schoeser, Thames and Hudson
2011 ‘Between the Lines’ news feature, Crafts Magazine and Crafts Council online
2011 ‘The Heart of the Matter’, feature by Denna Jones on Naseem Darbey, Embroidery Magazine

Naseem’s School Visits

Naseem shares her practice by teaching students how to draw and she creates, manages and runs workshops for all ages. Workshops and bespoke tuition can be tailored to meet the unique requirements of each client.

She can also teach a variety of techniques working with different materials. (See below)

Primary
• Printmaking
• Fused organza
• Recycled woven heated plastics
• 3D modelling character workshop
• Fabric painting and collage development (some hand stitching)
• NEW- Story dragons- residency

Secondary:
• Portfolio development
• Observational drawing techniques
• Wire drawing
• Drawing with stitch (they will need sewing machines and embroidery feet)
• 3D drawing with water soluble romeo
• Fashion illustration and textile design
• Printmaking
• Fused organza
• Recycled woven heated plastics
• 3D modelling character workshop
• Fabric painting and collage development
• Demos and talks associated with my arts practice/career development/group presentation
• NEW- story dragons- residency (yr7 and yr8)

FE/BA/MA Adult learners

• Portfolio development
• Observational drawing techniques
• Wire drawing
• Drawing with stitch (they will need sewing machines and embroidery feet)
• 3D drawing with water soluble romeo
• Fashion illustration and textile design
• Printmaking
• Fused organza
• Recycled woven heated plastics
• 3D modelling character workshop
• Fabric painting and collage development
• Demos and talks associated with my arts practice/career/project development/group presentation

All workshops are tailored to suit different skill levels.

Primary:
• Introduction to her work as an artist/look at portfolio
• Intro to workshop aims and outcomes
• Skills demonstration, what are we looking for? hints and tips
• Participants will be guided through the workshop/residency step by step
• Group plenary

Secondary/adult:
• Introduction to her work as an artist/look at portfolio/career talk etc
• Intro to workshop aims
• Skills demonstration
• Participants will be guided through the workshop/residency step by step
• Group plenary
• Individual tutorials

Groups can be of 15-30 participants

Aims and Objectives:

Participants will all have the experience of working with an artist. They will have the experience of working with a variety of materials and techniques and processes. Naseem will also look at how this can be developed in school after she has left.

Materials and facilities:

This varies workshop to workshop….but usually a good sized room with plenty of table space, power points and access to a sink.

Naseem will supply a list of required materials along with a full session plan. She will work to an agreed budget and she can either supply the materials and bring them with her or the school can order them. (This will vary depending on group size etc)

Adult help: Naseem will be fully leading the workshops but will need a keen member of staff to assist. This is ideal for your school arts coordinator who will benefit from learning new skills that can be retaught in school long after the session.
Demonstrations highlight the unique way in which Darbey’s “hollow drawings” are produced. Drawing with a sewing machine from life during the demo gives an audience the opportunity to watch a piece of work being produced while being able to ask questions and chat to the artist. Working pieces, a portfolio and touch items are used to explain the sculptural process.

Story Dragons – Improving literacy skills in a creative project

Naseem’s Story Dragons is an extended course which could be anything from 2 days to a full week – or a residency when she will visit your school on a regular basis throughout a term or even over a year to work in-depth with your children.

Aims:

For mixed year group students to work with an artist and an author
Whole school author presentation
To create written poems and develop key literacy skills- group discussion, interaction and listening.
To improve presentation skills including handwriting
To develop a range of art skills for both pupils and supporting staff. (with theintension of shared and continued learning long after the project)
A focus on self-esteem and confidence through both individual and group work
To develop leadership skills, peer mentoring and group cooperation.

Day by day plan:

Day 1: Dragon poem/stories and character design

AM- Whole school presentation with Nick Toczek – poems, puppets and magic
Dragon poems/stories with group- What will our dragons look like? Are they good and/or bad dragons? Chinese dragons? Water serpents etc
They will also look at other skills/tricks and techniques to improve their written work. (All put into their story dragon journals).
PM- Dragon designing with Naseem- working from your story and lots of illustration books for inspiration, we will design our dragons. What are their key features? What about colour? Texture?

Day 2: Dragon body building

AM-Working in two group’s kids will begin building two dragons in relief – working together to problem solve to create key features.
PM- In groups they will papier-mâché to secure their dragon structures.
Writing in Dragon journals – group plenary – How well are we doing? What can we improve?

Day 3: Dragon body building and scaly scales

AM- Continued papier-mâché work improving and adapting our designs.

Making foam print blocks- simple shapes perfect for printing will be designed and cut out ready for printing later.

PM- Kids will work with woven recycled plastics, ironed and melted to create scales.

Writing in Dragon journals – group plenary – How well are we doing? What can we improve?

Day 4: Printing, painting and shimmering scales

AM- Printing with blocks onto various surfaces- tissue-paper, card and organza
Kids will make trapped organza scales- trapping lots of scrap fabrics and threads with an iron. They will add in ink jet fabric transfer parts of their written work/poems and stories.
PM- Painting dragons with a base layer of paint ready for details
Writing in Dragon journals – group plenary – How well are we doing? What can we improve?

Day 5: Story dragons – the end

AM- Working with Nick to finish their dragon stories – what happens now?
PM- I will take a few kids off at a time to work on dragon features and details.
I will instruct and school helper will help with finishing journals – sticking sample pieces in, adding notes and illustrating parts of their story.

Did you want to fit the residency to your own theme/idea? Naseem is more than happy to work with you to adapt or re-plan the week!

Reviews and Recommendations

‘Naseem is great to work with. She is highly intelligent so ‘gets it’ first time through and brings good ideas to the table. She communicates well, is always on-time and highly professional. She won’t pretend she can do something in a short time and then not deliver. Her work is lovely and perfect for the venue. Naseem produced an illustrated map for a new gallery at Cliffe Castle and it’s already very popular with children. Thanks’ Lara Goodband, Independent Art Curator; Research Associate at University of York

To Make a Booking

To make an enquiry about Naseem Darbey, or any of the other authors, poets & illustrators listed on this website, please phone Trevor Wilson on +44 (0) 1535 656015, or email him at trevor@caboodlebooks.co.uk

Further information on Naseem is available from her website: http://www.naseemdarbey.com