Kezia Hoffman lives in Winchester and runs the Granary Creative Arts Centre in rural Hampshire, Uk. Kezia graduated with a degree in sculpture from Winchester School of Art in 1998. She has been combining her love for traditional skills and urban arts, teaching and festival arts events since then. Whilst raising her sons, Kezia's focus has been freelance art projects. With her sons now old enough to be creative collaborators themselves Kezia is now investing her time in launching new creative projects, covering large scale sculpture, festival arts and murals. Kezia has trained in versatile creative skills, "I see myself as maker, creatively problem solving any idea that excites or inspires me. I get a lot of pleasure from stone, wood, metal, gold leaf, ink work, illustration and graffiti. I'm excited about putting new ideas and materials together with one eye on tradition and the other on exploring new possibilities. I remain fascinated in the human spirit and our self imposed limitations vs our possibilities.
I believe each of us have innate creativity which frequently has been boxed up and held back by our fear or making mistakes and our need to be perfect. I like to encourage mistake making when I teach teenagers and adults and love drawing out people's confidence through a mixture of methodical techniques and brave exploration. We all have creativity and feelings and ideas that need to be expressed and the trick is in removing the obstacles. On a very practical level I set up the Granary Creative Arts Centre as a workshops space for local creatives and the community to access tools and have a space to get messy. Half the battle is in simply having the space and tools to make what you want to make. I'm still working on finding a space for metal forging but that's a level up I'm looking forward to"