Sally Harper-Kenn is the driving force behind Sharper Arts, 20 years ago she embarked on the biggest journey of her life – becoming self employed and following her passion! After leaving uni with a degree in embroidery she was convinced that a career in a design studio was for her, but a chance advert for an artist in a special needs school placed on the notice board in the uni canteen changed her career direction entirely.
The first project she worked on was with students with varying disabilities helping them to create textiles, paintings and collages. She was so inspired by the students and the wonderful support from the teacher involved she was most definitely hooked. Since then she hasn’t looked back and has enjoyed every moment knowing she has enhanced the skills and creativity of many people.
Her teaching background includes adult evening classes, many community projects and festivals but most of all working in children’s centres, primary and secondary schools. She has a really keen interest in early education and is very much influenced by Reggio Emilia after a visit in 2004 and from practises of forest schools education in Scandinavia.