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About me

My name is Eleanor and I’m an artist, writer and educator.

My art combines narrative structures such as journalling and storytelling with ink, paint, pen and digital mediums. I write and perform poetry too, and my art is predominantly focused on the emotional healing process.

As a writer I explore the connections between earth, emotions and society, including our experience of the numinous and faith. I specialise in looking at contemporary social and business issues through an artistic, critical, anti-capitalist, pro-connection lens. I have been writing online through my blog and newsletter for ten years. 

Since 2012 I have taught in higher education, and currently teach at Leeds Arts University in Fashion Marketing, MA Creative Practice and MA Graphic Design. I encourage radical discussion in these subjects, particularly on the topics of behavioural economics, business transparency and cultural homogeneity / heterogeneity and how these link to our planet, our feelings and our social structures.

“Art is not a mirror held up to reality, but a hammer with which to shape it.” 

Bertholt Brecht

I am also an independent supervisor for artists and creatives looking to develop their work in imaginative and commercial new directions.

Over the course of six months or one year, I work with art-makers 1:1 through coaching, providing creative critique and developing their business wisdom so they have the confidence and acumen they need to share their practice with the world.

I have also created an open enrolment course for creatives called root&branch, which uses nature as a tool for personal leadership. Learn more here.

My purpose on the planet is to bring more art into this world, so if you are looking for deeper support to re-imagine your practice and re-invigorate your sense of self-confidence, get in touch.

Before this career I worked as a copywriter, marketer and communications specialist full time in marketing agencies and then in my own business. 

My clients included NatWest, TSB, ASDA, New Look, Marks & Spencer, Unilever, EDF, Redcats, Shop Direct and independent photographers, stylists, textile designers, artists, massage therapists and writers.   

I have a Foundation Diploma in Art and Design, BA (Hons) Design and Applied Arts and MA History of Art (Distinction). I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA) and a certified coach with foundation training in Non Violent Communication. 

Below you can find a list of my varied educational experiences and vocational achievements, each one of which has added to the rich toolkit I carry round with me in my work as an artist, writer and educator.

Foundation Diploma in Art and Design

BA (Hons) Design and Applied Arts, 2:1

MA History of Art, Distinction

Fellow of Higher Education Academy

Introduction to Herbalism 10 week course

Introduction to Shamanic Journeying 2 day intensive

Silversmithing 10 week course

Foundation Training in Non Violent Communication 2 day intensive

Life Coaching Diploma Level 3 (150 CPD hours)

Journal Therapy Diploma (150 CPD hours)

Creative Lead and Content Writer in agency (’11-’12)

Comms Specialist and Copywriter in agency (’12-’15)

Visiting Lecturer London College of Fashion’s Centre for Sustainable Fashion (’17)

Teaching Fellow University of Leeds (’13-’18)

Self-employment in brand, communication and marketing (’15-’19)

Senior Lecturer Leeds Arts University (’20 – )

Researcher in intersection of education, art and sustainability

Conference presentations in Milan, Stockholm, London and New York

Published in Textile: Journal of Cloth and Culture Vol 12 Issue 3 (’14)

Creator of employment programme grounded in ‘ikigai’ (’16)

Keynote speaker University of Leeds Design Futures (’19)

Speaker Pebble Magazine Future Fest (’20)

Two month self-funded solo sabbatical around Asia (’14)

Lived and worked in Colombia, Canada and US (’19)

Awarded Best Specialist Blog at Blog North (’12)

Finalist ModeConnect International Fashion Writing (’14)

Nomination: University of Leeds Partnership Award for Innovation (’18)

Creator and curator of Sex Tapes, a night of sex positive spoken word (’19)

Category winner Venoor Poetry in Design (’19)

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READ

I’ve been writing online for about ten years, and my blog is full of big, new and creative ideas to inspire you.

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Connect

The social media platform I’m most active on is LinkedIn – reach out to connect with me there and see regular posts.

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SUBSCRIBE

Outside the Lines is my Substack newsletter on art, Earth, emotions and society.

I live in Leeds, UK, with my lovely partner, a lot of books and an abundant vegetable patch.

I welcome conversations, collaborations, work requests and opportunities. Email me: hello@eleanorsnare.com.

“Great artists make the roads; good teachers and good companions can point them out.”

Ursula K. Le Guin