Hi, I'm Kate
I'm a Consultant, Coach and Artist.
I am a Director of Ignite! Futures and Founder of SketchBetter.
In January 2014, I embarked on an ambitious planetary exploration into Creativity, Wellbeing and Educational Transformation.
I currently work as a Teaching Assistant at the hugely inspiring Lime Tree Primary School in Surbiton, where I support and encourage KS1/2 students with their learning and wellbeing, and they teach me about curiosity, play and openness.
2014 | 4D World (Pen on paper)
A Transformation in Education
In January 2014, I embarked on an exploration of mental health, creativity and wellbeing. I met five teenagers in a restaurant in Buckinghamshire. Each of them told me how they were struggling with a mental health issue, from a terrifying case of anorexia, to self-harming, anxiety, depression and even repeat suicide attempts. It was shocking to realise that the emotional crisis has either worsened since I was a teenager, or is a mere indicator that we are not preparing ourselves and future generations from the true reality of life today. On BBC Newsnight in May 2014, psychologist Dr Tanya Byron told the nation, "It's time to wake up. We have an emotional crisis." We cannot ignore this anymore.
I believe there is an emotional and spiritual crisis in our young people. We are not connecting our children to who they really are or want to be. Emotions, shame, guilt, vulnerability and resilience should be themes and lessons within schools. From Ken Robinson's Element, Brene Brown's Daring Greatly, to Eckhart Tolle's Power of Now, we are aware of our strengths and weaknesses, it's time to pull them together.
I believe alternative services that work with the existing education system to help transform it from inside-out and outside-in are the first step. I think a new mindset needs to occur for us to really understand what we even mean by education today and in the future. With mass open online courses (MOOC) readily available to thousands of people, where is learning going and how emotional resilient do we need to be for the changes that are on the horizon?
How can we re-educate our local and global world to see, embrace and live out our true potential, from within? How can we help children, teenagers, families and the millions of disempowered people around the world, to truly embrace that they are the creators of their own future? You are history makers. You are creators. Not yesterday or tomorrow. Today.
This is it and now is our time.
2014 | Magic. SketchBetter.
I am a practicing mentor to young entrepreneurs and graduates, and I support people through business, health and personal transitions. I love coaching young people with starting businesses, gifted creatives to embrace their dreams, and guiding ambitious graduates into their careers.
I use meditative drawing techniques to support people with emotional or mental health challenges, from fears, illness or grief. Under my art practice SketchBetter I've exhibited at Mentmore Arts Festival and Bucks Open Studios in collaboration with botanical artist and illustrator Karen Ellis.
Coaching clients in 2014 have included Rita Dharar (24, Coach), Nick Hurley (23, Digital Entrepreneur), Layla Mokrane-Scott (13, Student and Education Pioneer) and Katie Buchanan (28, Virgin Media), Jono Jones (19, International Downhill Mountain Bike Athlete), Matt Jones (19, Professional MTB rider), Alice Ellis (17, Textiles student), Hasmita Chavda (23, Ignite! Futures) and Karen Ellis (Botanical Fine Artist, 38).
Consulting clients include Beatrix A. Schmidt (Health and Sleep Consultant), Eric Benson (Founder of Renourish), Beryl Whiting (Co-Founder of WiredforSuccess.tv), Sue White (Founder of The Beauty Room) and Hege Sæbjørnsen (Founder of Conscious Badass).
2014 | The Art of Nature. Bucks Open Studios.
I am a Director of Ignite! Futures, an organisation promoting creativity in learning. Ignite! offer a range of pioneering programmes designed to encourage young people to embrace their creativity and discover their potential.
I work with Silvia Meredith, Life Coach and Founder of a new UK-based organisation designed to support families of those who have children with eating disorders. There I coach people through emotional challenges, reconnect them with their innate potential and support them to refocus on values and purpose.
Since 2007, I have worked as a brand and digital consultant for good causes and start-up companies, including Visual Editions, Mencap, ColaLife, The UK ArtScience Prize, A Very Good Company and Snook. I worked with education and creativity leaders such as Sir Ken Robinson and Richard Gerver.
I hold a first class honours degree in Graphic Design and have written for many books and magazines on how the design process and human creativity tackle local and global health, environmental and social issues.
“I realise now that there is more to life than my eating disorder.”
“I love learning and doing homework now that I can choose and design it.”
“When I met Kate, I knew having her support was the missing piece in my business. I just needed help and guidance. Her inspiring coaching style makes information easy to digest and implement. I am truly and deeply grateful to have her working with me.”
“Redesigning education with Kate is quickly becoming my favourite thing to do."
“In only three weeks, I feel comfortable talking about who I really am.”
“I now see the true value of using digital media for my health consultancy.”
SketchBetter workshop, Mentmore Art Festival 2014
How do you want your life to be different?
Get in touch by email or phone. I am based in Kingston-upon-Thames and work across the UK and overseas.
Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Twitter @KateAndrews and @SketchBetter
Top image: 2014 | Beautiful World, prints available here