Shelbyart is a newly formed business which focuses on creative mentoring through the medium of art and craft. It was originally set up by Michelle Williams who realised on her own journey of discovery that craft and art was a powerful tool to help unlock people’s potential. She has two boys with severe and complex needs, and found that most of their education through their schooling was aimed at their academic achievement.
Michelle discovered that a massive key to unlocking her two boys was to help them discover their creative side and to nurture this. She then coupled this with a mentoring approach, helping her children solve problems for themselves, helping them to take calculated risks and to see the positives in every day. They are both now making amazing progress, having used creativity as a spring board to build self-confidence.
Michelle has been an unpaid carer for 18 years now, her life had to be put on hold while she helped her family grow and become as independent as they could. This is still an on-going process but she never thought that mentoring would work so well for her children. She sees the potential in everyone and helps them see that potential for themselves.
Shelbyart has become a vessel for others to make progress not only through mentoring, but when coupled with creativity something amazing seems to happen. The Mentees grow in confidence at their own rate. Sometimes a client may only attend one session and this is enough for them to be able to make a significant change in their own life, to carry them forward into the path they would like to pursue. Other mentees need more support to realise they are gifted in specific abilities. The great thing is that Shelbyart helps promote community and unity amongst those with no previous experience to established artists.
“It is great to be able to see a network of growth and self-confidence growing inside each individual we work with,” Michelle says. “Self- Development is key to Shelbyart and we firmly put the power of life choices into our mentees hands.” We work in a non-judgemental way and help signpost our mentees to appropriate organisations and courses that may be able to help them develop. One of the main mediums Michelle works with in her own work is rubbish. In a metaphorical way, the people she often works with are written off for one reason or another. Turning rubbish into something beautiful is a pleasure……
You can find more out about Shelbyart at www.shelbyartmentoring.com