about

Eleanor Snare (they/them) is a multi-disciplinary writer, speaker, facilitator and creator specialising in raising ecological consciousness and rekindling connection to ourselves and our world through imaginative, embodied, accessible methods.

Over the last decade they have supported hundreds of young people through university and empowered creative practitioners and ethical entrepreneurs to develop more fulfilling careers

Their professional life sits at the intersection of education, empowerment and ecology, bringing together diverse wisdom to offer unique interventions for people and organisations who wish to create a more fulfilling, environmentally-conscious future.

Eleanor began professional life with a full-time career in marketing and communications, during which they worked with multi-national corporate brands.

They developed large-scale, long-term internal communications projects, gaining first-hand insight into the common employee engagement issues, and honing their abilities as a concise yet compassionate writer.

Their extensive education has given them a holistic toolkit encompassing design, craft, behavioural theory, history of art, sociology, anthropology, somatics, nonviolent communication, journal therapy and life coaching.

This toolkit is woven into their offerings on a range of topics such as leadership, organisational strategy, creative enterprise and interpersonal skills, all with ethics and environment in mind.

Since 2015 they have been an active independent researcher examining the ways in which creativity can be used to engage young people in environmental action. Eleanor has presented at conferences across the world, and in 2022 has shared their alternative pedagogical approaches with GuildHE and EAUC members, will be published by Palgrave Macmillan and became a reviewer for the journal Organizational Aesthetics.

Eleanor identifies as non-binary. As a mental health and sexual trauma survivor with an adult ADHD diagnosis, they engage with trauma-informed facilitation and coaching, as well as publicly sharing their experiences of mental health and neurodivergence and promoting rights around bodily autonomy for all entities.

As a creator, life-long learner and sustainability advocate, Eleanor spends as much time as possible making art, growing vegetables, engaging with communal and degrowth ways of living, and reading enthusiastically. They perform poetry, dance, get outdoors, sing, spend time with their chosen family, and enjoy their one wild and precious life.

conventional education

  • Foundation Diploma in Art and Design
  • BA (Hons) Design and Applied Arts, 2:1
  • MA History of Art, Distinction
  • Fellow of Higher Education Academy

career

  • Creative Lead and Communications Specialist in agency (’11-’15) working with brands such as Marks and Spencer, ghd, New Look, Redcats, Shop Direct, Eastpak; BT, Unilever, TSB, Aviva, TalkTalk, ASDA and NatWest
  • 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 – ’22)
  • Lecturer Leeds Arts University (’22-)

speaking

  • Keynote speaker University of Leeds Design Futures (’19)
  • Speaker Pebble Magazine Future Fest (’20)
  • Mental Health Awareness Week speaker for multiple marketing agencies across Leeds (’19-’21)

unconventional education

  • Introduction to Herbalism 10 week course
  • Introduction to Shamanic Journeying 2 day intensive
  • Foundation Training in Non Violent Communication
  • Life Coaching Diploma Level 3 (150 CPD hours)
  • Journal Therapy Diploma (150 CPD hours)
  • Carbon Literacy Project certified (’21)
  • One of Many Lead the Change leadership programme (’22)
  • Sensual Somatics facilitation training (’22)

awards

  • 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, with Leeds International Festival (’19)
  • Category winner Venoor Poetry in Design (’19)
  • Winner: Lead the Change Award for embodiment of One of Many’s values (’22)

research

  • 2013 Parsons New School of Design: digital fashion consumption’s impact on material clothing consumption
  • 2014 Publication in Textile: Journal of Cloth and Culture Vol 12 Issue 3 on relationships between material, person and place
  • 2015 Milan: emerging ideas on human sustainability in art education
  • 2016 Leeds: results of career programme created around concept of ‘ikigai’
  • 2016 Stockholm: attributes of eco-innovation in fashion and likelihood of adoption by brands (co-authored)
  • 2018 Lyon: alternative methods for documenting fashion narratives in local places (co-authored)
  • 2021 Climate Exp0 (online): art education’s role in imagining climate-change resilient communities
  • 2021 Poland (online): problem-based learning as an ethical enquiry process in fashion branding and communication education (co-authored)
  • 2021 Cape Town (online): case study of international collaboration developed with colleague in Monterrey (co-authored)
  • 2021 Leeds (online): how critical place-based pedagogy can be an alternative to the SDGs for teaching sustainability in art
  • 2022 Publication in Industrialisation of Arts Education (Palgrave Macmillan) on the emotional experience of the art educator during climate emergency