Grantham art student calls for subjects leading ‘double lives’

Dawn Wesselby

Dawn Wesselby

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An art and design student at Grantham College is seeking models for a project she is working on.

Dawn Wesselby is looking for people who challenge perceptions, for example someone who gets enjoyment from hobbies and interests that are a sharp contrast to their normal daily life.

Dawn explained: “I have always found inspiration in people who seem quite ordinary on the surface but have hobbies or ‘alter egos’ that are unexpected; they might have to conform to earn their keep, but don’t give up on their true selves. I think it is important not to judge people on how they look or what they do.

“Everyone has a story to tell and I’m looking for people who will challenge people’s perceptions, for example a burly builder who likes to knit, a librarian who does burlesque, an accountant that has circus skills – things that are visual and contrast strongly from their day job.”

Dawn took voluntary redundancy from a career in finance last year. She has lived the ‘double life’ herself as a yoga teacher and therapist while working full time.

It had not been her intention to return to education but that’s the direction her life took after she took a course in Somerset.

Dawn said: “I was really on the fence about the whole thing, thinking I would look for another job after the summer but then met a lady on a course down in Glastonbury who saw my wood carvings and gifted me her late grandfather’s chisels. I was overwhelmed at her generosity as we’d only met on the course.

“I took it as a sign that I should take up the opportunity to study art full time. It was the right thing to do, the tutors are so supportive and enthusiastic and I’m learning so many new things. I’m still living a ‘double life’ as I’m teaching yoga and am a therapist but it is less unexpected when you are studying art.”

Volunteers who fit the bill for a photoshoot in Grantham are asked to email Dawn at yogadawn@ntlworld.com