CV . Biography
In 2006 Danielle graduated with a FIRST Class BA Hons Embroidery Degree, working as a visual installation artist with lighting and photographic projections in her Textiles/Fine Art Practice. Her socially engaged practice explores her neuro-divergent traits as methodology processes in her practice, positively feeding in to projects and live commissions such as #AroundTheHouses https://www.lancaster.ac.uk/future-places/cartographic-interventions/danielle-aspinwall/index.php
Exploring inclusion, people and place, conversations tackling climate emergency, through sustainable resources through her artwork, her commercial designs, her installations, film and engaging art and upcycled workshop classes around the North-West of England across Cumbria and Lancashire and internationally.
In September 2019 Danielle restated her eco workshops, creating eco art, craft and upcycled fashion classes from her studio as part of #RemakeMonday in collaborated St Mary's Hospice #SustainablyFashionable
The continuation of low cost sustainable materials promoting climate emergency, promoting reduced consumption and minimise plastics, she delivers in her art and wellbeing classes with Cumbria County Council (Barrow Community Learning Tutor position) with Mind In Furness, AgeUK and LLD groups, demonstrating trash to treasure at best, to a variety of able learners, age groups and additional needs.
In 2019 Danielle tried many ways to explore the way to save household paints from landfill, setting up meetings with waste management groups, although this intervention hasn't been materialised yet, 2020 could be the year for this to be action-ed, helping community groups to access free paint that could make a positive difference, rather than waste?
Danielle is the new Arts Project/Curator for Barrow's Beautiful Places 2020 community Art Exhibition being held at the Barrow Town Hall (A Borough wide celebration of where we live).
Working for 2 years at Lancashire County Council (Lancashire Adult Learning) was something she thrived working to create confidence in her learners with various of mental health or learning needs, vulnerable groups, recovering addicts and offenders that needed to feel valued and part of something special.
As part of Danielle post graduate study, she is exploring the Role of an Artist, how the community can influence the Artist and the Artist engage positive interventions through creative means and conversations, linking communities together as a whole. Working on the Barrow's Beautiful Places is something that explores this ethos and will be able to identify areas where creative engagement through culture, heritage and nature can impact positive well-being and pride with feedback evaluations from those who participate.
Danielle practices what she preaches with her love for upcycled eco art and fashion classes. She is enthusiastic, friendly with a whirl of energy and is professional in her delivery. She is proactive and a highly motivated individual, conducting a wide range of commissions within the textiles fashion medium that sold at The Manchester Craft and Design Centre from 2004-2007. Her artwork is rooted from a combination of traditional skills with a contemporary twist. Exploring surface qualities with a compositional approach, she creates two and three dimensional structures that often play with lighting and captured with photography.
In 2012 she completed a teaching course (PGCE) and taught on the Art and Design BTEC Foundation studies (Level 3 and 4) Course at Blackpool and Fylde College, teaching in drawing, painting, print, textiles, fashion and mixed media (2011-2012). Since then she has been a Part time Art and Design Tutor at The Lancashire Adult Learning College for two Years. Danielle has worked alongside diverse and inspiring groups of people for Lancashire College at various establishments across Lancashire at; Community Centres, Secure Mental Health Hospitals and Recovering Drug Addicts and Recovering Alcoholic Clinic Centres, teaching 'Developing Confidence through Art and Craft'.
Danielle climbed 'Ben Nevis' Mountain in 2014 for ‘Life for Kid’ Charity, that was inspired by her Alaska'99 6weeks camping expedition journey she undertook with 'British Schools Exploratory Society' #BSES #BES, and was picked by the Cheif Leader Tony Whiting to deliver a speech at the ‘Royal Geographic Society’ Hall about the surveys, ecology studies and experiences they made to; Prince Andrew and an audience of 1000 people with other VIPs!
In 2004 she had her first major commission for the Manchester’s Cow Parade, creating a ‘cyber-themed’ bovine that was decorated from head to toe in textiles and paint. The piece was called; ‘Ravin Rita’. She sold for £2400 for charity in auction by Tim Wannocot.
In 2006, she was a finalist in the ‘Nationwide Mercury Music and Art prize Awards', exhibiting in London and meeting Sir Peter Blake one of the judges.
Danielle has since worked on small commissions and exhibited around London, Swindon, Blackpool, Blackburn, Manchester and Cumbria. Creating funded art commissions for site specific sites for the Workington’s Winter-Lightworks Festival (Allerdale Council, called ‘Seaside Exposure’, The Blackpool Festival of Light (Blackpool Council, Illuminations Department called ‘Donkey Fest’) , Arts for Health (art space in the corridor at Blackburn Hospital, called ‘United Unity’), and ‘Manchester’s Cow Parade’ (Public Art Trial piece called ‘Ravin Rita’) to name a few.
'Seaside Exposure' artwork was used to promote the Blackpool Festival of Light across the UK in postcards in gallery’s and tourist information places and the artwork designs were exhibited at the Blackpool Zoo.
In 2012 Danielle launched 'Yappers Chappers Designs' business creating nickel free jewellery and upcycled leather and denim accessories, sustainable hair wraps, exhibiting and selling across the North West at art fairs, art markets and gallery shops. She signed her first lease for an art studio in March 2014 in Wigan, and has since relocated to Duke Street Barrow in Furness, South Cumbria.
Danielle is an active Judge for the Linda Eaton Crafts Awards, held annually in Blackpool since 2013. (The LECA philosophy is to promote participation for all in arts and crafts)
Key Skills and Achievements
Judge for the Linda Eaton Arts and Crafts Awards, Blackpool, since 2013
Young Explorer to Alaska an expedition for 6 weeks (1999) with BSES (British School Exploratory Society), and delivered a speech at the ‘Royal Geographic Society’ Hall (London) to Prince Andrew and audience of 1000 people & VIPs.
Certificate; 'Working in Partnership in the Youth, Arts and Cultural Sectors' (Training Course.by ‘Artsplan’)
Netball Team player over 18 years in Blackpool and Wigan until Dec’2015.
FULL UK Drivers Licence, Pass Plus
MASTERs MA Fine Art (Part Time 2019-2021)
‘Encased Show-MA Fine Art Exhibition’;-
PGCE (Post Compulsory) Post Graduate Certificate in Education.
UCLAN, University of Central Lancashire (Sept ’11 - June ’12)
FIRST Class Awarded BA (Hons) Embroidery Degree. Manchester Metropolitan University. Sept’03 - July’06
Art Foundation Diploma; Distinction (Level 3)
Blackpool & the Fylde Art College. Sept’02- July’03
Artist Exhibitions, Freelance,
Commissions, Mini Projects
Sept’21- Rhegard Gallery Group Exhibition, ‘Through the Locking Glass’ 2020-2021 artwork featured in the book and additional work one year on.
June /Oct’21 ‘West Coast, Photo Festival Exhibition, Signal Films, ‘Hats off, Run Free’ https://signalfilmandmedia.com/westcoastphoto/
May’21;- Eden North Project/Lancaster Uni, Paid micro art commission, ‘Cartographic Interventions’ exploring humanistic mapping of the north of Morecambe Bay through active research from engaging a variety of people from the Furness area through social dialogue, online conversations, adult outreach to invite their voice of input, through quantitive & qualitive research, unearthing positive community connections to nature for wellbeing, subtly inspiring further engagement for wellbeing, encouraging pride of place. The illustrations are/were printable PDF.
June’21 ‘West Coast Photo Festival’ Part 1- Public Art Window photography series of ‘Hats off, Run Free’ (Abbey Road, Barrow). Also, a virtual indoor physical exhibition showcasing a variety of hats the role of an artist has explored through auto ethnographical approach and sharing co-creative resilience through the pandemic with oneself, with family, neighbours and with the online community with socially engaged practice, art and wellbeing interventions, connecting people together, reducing loneliness increasing resilience. ‘Fun into Cohesion, one word leading to another for Positive Change’ Displaying a range of mixed media projects exploring humanistic connection through art, isolation, nature and wellbeing, reducing landfill and exploring ways to embrace and protecting mother nature though video, illustrations, sculpture, eco-art installations with filmed physical exhibition, recorded documental for virtual screening https://signalfilmandmedia.com/westcoastphoto/
Feb/March’21 ‘Magical Women’ Neurodivergent communication cards, online digital exhibition & auction, mantra of expressive A5 art pieces to raise deeper understanding and awareness of hidden disability
26 Feb’21;-SOURCE Project, Signal Films. ‘Hats Off, Run Free, Our Favourite Place’, Pop-Up outdoor exhibition at Roanhead car-park/pathway, installation and projection video, exploring identity, placemaking, a thank you to mother nature, family for wellbeing embrace. https://signalfilmandmedia.com/source/
Feb’21;- MA Fine Art Interim Show Encased Exhibition;- featuring ‘Isolation Booth’ and ‘Fun – Cohesion, one word leading to another for Positive Change’ (click into each photo to read details about the projects);-
Feb’21;- ‘They Eat Culture’ commission;-’Mindfulness Doodling’ with 4x online LIVE Mindfulness Doodle workshops with illustration PDF for ‘The Living City’: Rebuilt programme of activities, partnered with
Preston Council, funded by Arts Council. Check the project via Twitter: @theyeatculture Facebook @LivingCityPreston website: https://the-living-city.org/
Sept’20 Socially Engaged, ‘Mindfulness Postal Pack Project’, through Illustration designs and reflective interventions, with positive subliminal messages for healthier mental health community activity, commissioned by Green Close for the ‘Phoenix Project’ partnered with’ Lancashire and South Cumbria NHS Trust’ and ‘The Recovery College’ funded by Arts Council. Included 20 artists https://greenclose.org/phoenix-project-evaluation/
April'19 - present; Barrow's Beautiful Places Arts Project/Curator, eco-art project enaging a wider audience to local Culture, Heritage, nature and art, involving different ages, backgrounds and abilities showcasing their interpretation of their favourite Barrow's Beautiful Places 'A Borough wide celebration of where we live (through sustainable resources) at the Barrow Town Hall, The drawing Room. (Fri 3/Sat 4/ Sun 5 April 2020)
Dec’07-March’08 ‘Open 2’ Grundy Art Gallery Art Exhibition, Blackpool. Artwork was exhibited and sold.
Dec’07 ‘Bounded’ Art Exhibition, London. Artwork was exhibited and sold.
July-Sept’07 ‘Blackpool Council’, commission for the ‘Festival of Light’. A ‘site-specific’ installation and photography project undertaken. Exhibited; Sept - Dec’06 ‘Donkey Fest’ artwork (Freelance)
Jan - March’07 ‘Workington’s Winter Lightworks Festival’, ‘Seaside Exposure’ artwork on loan for Allerdale Council.
Dec’06-March’07 Grundy Art Gallery ‘Open’ Art Exhibition, Blackpool. Artwork was exhibited.
Sept’04-Feb’07 ‘Sarah and Simon’, at the Manchester’s Craft and Design Centre. Work experience placement for 4 months, then paid position as staff and then studio manager of Local Designer of interior accessories, textiles and artworks.
July’06 ‘Blackpool Council’, commission for the ‘Festival of Light’. A ‘site-specific’ installation and photography project undertaken. Exhibited; Sept - Dec’06 ‘Seaside Exposure’ artwork (Freelance)
July’06 ‘Private commission’ to design and make an outfit, Ultra violet friendly for ‘Global Gathering’ Festival event.
June’06 ‘Cow Parade, private commission’. Replicated a mini version of ‘Ravin Rita’ for existing client (whom bought the life sized cow for charity at auction).
April’06 ‘Nationwide Mercury Music and Art Prize’, an ordered commission of the finalist submission; ‘Linear Rhythm’, digital print was undertaken.
Dec’05 ‘Fundraising Co-ordinator’ (nicknamed Mrs Motivator) for art and craft sale, at Cross St Chapel, Manchester. Leading 36 of her peers, raising almost £3000 for our MMU Final Degree Show. (Exhibited and sold her work)
Nov’05 ‘Disordered Magazine’, ‘Winter Woollies’.Scarf design featured within photo-shoots for the
June’05 ‘Arts for Health’, two large textile artworks commissioned, named ‘United Unity 1’ & ‘United Unity 2’, exhibited at Blackburn Hospital, for permanent collection.
May’05 ‘First’ anthology book, front cover designed, for charity, Blackpool.
May’05 ‘London Alternative Fashion Week’, Personal Assistant for Paola Rodini, making accessories, promoting the designers fashion wear and assisting with the fashion show/backstage.
March’05 ‘Organiser of a charity art sale/exhibition’, held at the Solaris in Blackpool, which raised £280 for the ‘Louise Wilgrass Fund’ and ‘Baby Care Unit’ (Exhibited/sold donated work)
Feb’05 ‘Co-organised Charity art sale/exhibition’ Manchester, Cross St Chapel, raised £2400 for the Tsunami Appeal. (Exhibited/sold work)
Jan’05 ‘Top Drawer’, Promoter. London. (Trade Fair) canvassing, selling and representing Simon Seabright’s artwork.
June’04-Oct’04 ‘Manchester Cow Parade’, Artwork designed ‘Ravin Rita’, was sponsored by Manchester Metropolitan University. (sold for £2400)
Aug’04 ‘Blackpool Pleasure Beach’, work experience in the ‘Wardrobe Costume Department’ as a design and repair associate.
Mar - May’04 ‘Marketing Manchester’, Market Research Member collaborating creative ideas in a dynamic team for tourism brochures.
Teaching and Art workshops;
Oct'19 - present- #ReMakeMondays Upcycling art and fashion workshops collaboration with St Mary's Hospice
Sept'19 - Present 'Cumbria County Council, Barrow Community Learning tutor with positive sopcial progression courses, creative art therapy and upcycling workshops.
Sept’14- ‘Liverpool University’ Freshers week, delivered a recycled media workshop making jewellery from vintage and disposed items for the fresher’s students.
June’13 & June’14- ‘Mini Festival, Children in Care Council’, Blackpool, Art workshop leader with recycled media for 50-100 foster children and their careers at the event for two years running.
Jan’13-Sept'14- ‘Lancashire Adult Learning’ Tutor, teaching Art and Design to special targeted groups with learning and Mental Health difficulties-building their confidence in the classroom for the individuals and group learning. I covered various establishments such as ; Community Centres, Colleges, Mental Health Hospitals, and also Recovering Drug Addicts and Recovering Alcoholic Clinic Centres in Lancashire.
Jan’13-June’13- ‘The Education Specialist’ Teaching Agency, covering schools ;- Bedford High, The Deanery, Golborne High, Standish High and Shevington.
Sept’11- June’12- ‘Blackpool & Fylde College’, Art and Design Tutor on the BTEC Art Foundation Diploma Level 3, covering ; Etching Print, Lino Print, Drawing, Painting skills, Mixed Media, Textiles & Fashion.
Nov’07- ‘Manchester Metropolitan University’, Guest Lecturer. Discussing the importance of work experience and sharing my career progression since graduating (L2 and L3 undergraduates (Ba Hons Textiles Degree students).
Dec’05- ‘Blackburn College’, Guest Lecturer. Lancashire. Discussed the importance of work placement experience whilst studying to L2 HND Textile Programme.
July’05- ‘Bispham High School’, work experience as a ‘teaching assistant’ for one week, in the Art Department.
June’05- ‘Haigh Hall Park Arts Festival’, Wigan. Assisting Ruth Isherwood with art workshop encouraging all age groups from 2yrs up to 80yrs old
May’05 & July’05- ‘Upbeat Recycling Ltd’, Workshop Leader. Blackpool, Lancashire. Lead two recycling art and textile workshops. ((The organisation later used my techniques in local school projects with pupils across the county).
Yappers Chappers Designs
Stockists, Events and Pop-Up Shops
Dec’18- present- 'Charnleys Home and Garden Centre', Dalton-in-Furness ’ Yappers Chappers Designs stockist
Dec’18-present- ‘Evissa’ Salon, Hair and Beauty Barrow. ‘Yappers Chappers Designs’ stockist
Nov’18-present- ‘Glamorous’ Beauty Salon, Barrow. ‘Yappers Chappers Designs’ stockist
June’18-present St Marys Orangery Café & GiftShop’, Ulverston, ‘Yappers Chappers Designs’ stockist
Dec’15- present ‘TPFrameworks’ King St Ulverston. Yappers Chappers stockist
Jan’16- Dec’17 ‘Crooklands of Dalton’ Yappers Chappers Designs stockist
May’16- Jan’18 ‘The Cutting Shed’ Yappers Chappers Designs stockist
Nov’15-March’17 ’Incandescence of Lancaster’- Yappers Chappers Designs stockist.
Dec’13 & Mar’14 ‘Meet The Makers’ Lancaster, ‘Yappers Chappers Designs’ selected to feature in the design group PopUp Shop.
Dec’13 ‘PopUp Boutique’ ‘Me&FYC’ presented a PopUp Shop exhibiting to retail local designer/makers design pieces.
Sept’13 ‘Secret Shop’ St Annes. ‘Yappers Chappers Designs’ was part of a small group of designer/makers exhibiting in the Pop-Up Shop
Sept’13-present ‘Charabanc’ shop, Blackpool. Stockist of ‘Yappers Chappers Designs’ Jewellery pieces.
Aug’13-present ‘Holloways of Poulton’ Stockist of ‘Yappers Chappers Designs’ Jewellery pieces.(Collaborated on a group photoshoot with combined businesses , models MUA and products).
July’13-present ‘Ivy Boutique’ Burnley stockiest of ‘Yappers Chappers Designs’ Jewellery
Feb’13-present ‘Botany Bay’ at ‘My Pink Angel’ Boutique, stockiest of ‘Yappers Chappers Designs’
Oct’12-Dec’13 ‘Grundy Art Gallery’ stockiest of handmade jewellery pieces from the ‘Yappers Chappers Designs’ Range.
July’2012 ‘Me & FYC, FYCreatives, showcased ‘Yappers Chappers Designs’ jewellery and art pieces to test the commerciality in the POP up shop.