My name is Cath Ford and I am a community artist, creative producer, illustrator and maker based in Blackburn and working across the North West.

Photo: Caroline Eccles

Over the past 25 years I have worked in partnership with individuals and communities on creative projects which encourage expression, collaboration and learning. Between 1992 and 2010 I was part of the team at Action Factory Community Arts in Blackburn, spending 6 years as Company Manager before becoming freelance.

As a freelancer I am able to take on a diverse range of projects as a facilitator, maker, illustrator and project manager. It is incredibly important to me to play an active role in my community, making a difference to the world through the things I create individually and collaboratively, through the projects I manage and in my relationships with the people I work alongside.

img_3778I love to make stuff with people and I believe that through making together we can create places where confidence, friendships and community can flourish.

I make and sell colourful and affordable objects at art markets and I’m proud to be part of the rich heritage of making in Pennine Lancashire. I paint old furniture, pottery, work in textiles, make jewellery and paint on scrap wood.

I also work as an illustrator, predominantly on community publications.

If you would like to talk to me about a project, sessions or an idea you can email me on cathaford@gmail.com or message me on facebook @CathInTheAttic or call 07584 261523