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Nurture your creativity with tutor Deborah

Deborah Manson,
Written by
Yusuf Tamanna
Published date
15 January 2021

UAL Future Creatives gives kids and teenagers the space to express themselves through art and other creative practices. In doing this, they are developing long-lasting skills that will support them beyond the classroom.

To help you get to know us better we caught up with Future Creatives tutor Deborah Manson. Having studied at CSM, Deborah has returned to UAL to encourage young people to nurture their creativity. In our chat she also tells us about her own practice and how her interest in working with natural dye as part of her artistic expression started.

Hi Deborah! How did you begin working in your field?

I studied Illustration at Central St Martins and went to work as a designer. In 2004 I qualified as a teacher and this has become an important part of my practice.

What have you been working on recently?

Over the last few years, I have been interested in natural dye and have experimented with growing and processing dye plants, I find these colours beautiful. This process of dyeing cloth with plants has me under its spell. I make textiles, drawings, collages and prints and am interested in the interplay of materials, colour, shape and the spaces in-between. My work reflects my interest in the cross over between art, design and craft.

A photo of a yellow and white pattern

An elbow collage using magazine cut outs

A photo of a quilt being carried overhead on the beach

Are there any other artists or pieces of work that continue to inspire you?

I have a number of artist books in my studio. Lately I keep going back to a book of painting by Agnes Martin. I saw an exhibition of her paintings at The Tate several years ago and was spellbound. I am struck by the spirituality in her work.

What advice would you give to budding creatives?

Keep Looking, look again, look deeper.


Still not sure how Future Creatives can help you and the young people in your life? Our It's never too early to start: art classes for kids and teenagers article explains how and why art aids young people with their own development.

If you want to hear more from our Future Creatives tutors, we also sat down with René de Lange and Lydia Brockless where they tell us what students can expect on their courses and share invaluable words of wisdom for up-and-coming creatives.

We have plenty more information on our Future Creatives page about the wide range of courses young people can take part in both online and in-person.

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