January

Saj Fareed & Asian Women's Resource Centre

We all have busy lives and often busy minds. Finding moments to pause, breathe and connect can be a challenge but is integral to developing mindfulness and wellbeing. Designing and creating is Saj Fareed's way of channelling these thoughts and feelings, taking inspiration from slow art and mindful art throughout her creative process.

Stitching, unravelling and drawing are Saj's approaches to switching off from the everyday and allowing her hands to connect with the moment. Growing up in the 70’s as a second generation British Asian it was rare to buy ready-made traditional Pakistani garments, so it was a necessity to learn to sew. Saj loved sewing and these skills became integral to how she works as an artist today.

Since graduating in BA Hons Fine Art in Cardiff, she has developed her career as a visual artist and artist educator in a broad range of art education projects. Saj has worked for museums, galleries and other establishments for over 23 years including: Fabrica Gallery, Towner, Arts Council England and Creative Partnerships, Sussex and Surrey.

Saj Fareed was introduced to ITV by Quiet Down There, a Community Interest Company that specialises in amplifying the everyday.