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Amanda

From: United Kingdom

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    Account Type

    Individual account

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    Travelling to

    Portugal, United Kingdom

  • number of facebook friends

    Nº of Facebook friends

    377

  • Badges

    Explorer
    Photographer
    Super Workawayer
    Facebook verified

  • My status

    Travelling

  • Description

    Hello I am Amanda,

    I am a professional artist. My work is predominately large murals on flat surfaces like walls.

    Having travelled solo for the first time in 2014. I decided in January 2016 that I would quit my job as a teacher. I gave away my possessions, re-homed my cat and said goodbye to family and friends in exchange for the opportunity to travel around the world and that's exactly what I did and it was the most wonderful experience of my life.....I AM smiling now thinking about it.

    I did my first workaway in July 2014 in Thailand, working at 'clayzyhouse hostel' where everything was made from driftwood, clay and found materials.
    I was fortunate to be asked to paint the signage for an art hostel in Koh Lanta, Thailand, another amazing opportunity. (I was asked to paint Salvador Dali looking at a sexy Mona Lisa. (See profile pictures)
    In 2015 in Australia I was working in permaculture, designing and building projects from wood. In Croatia, I was working in another hostel painting an Egyptian themed mural (see photos).
    During my time in Portugal (2018 - until present) I was asked to paint a caravan and decided to base the theme on the animals that were present at the farm, changing the horse to a unicorn. This opened up many possibilities for me and I won a competition for my mural.
    Since lockdown I have been on the island of Pico in The Azores working in various hotels and air b n b's painting various murals and commissions.
    I have made artwork projects from found and recycled materials, trying to make use of the things other people throw away.
    More recently I have been working at the house of Arte on a giant mosaic using tiles found in the trash or from a beach clean up.
    I like to use an angle grinder to sculpt into volcanic rocks. (This is one of my newest passions).

  • Interests

    Mountain
    Nature
    Camping
    Yoga / Wellness
    Dancing
    Outdoor activities
    Hiking
    Gardening
    Carpentry
    Sustainability
    Languages
    Architecture
    Art & design
    Drawing & painting
    DIY & crafts
    Music
    Videography
    Photography
    Technology
    Cooking & food

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  • Skills and knowledge I'd like to share or learn

    Some knowledge of:  

    General Maintenance
    Life at a Farmstay
    Helping around the house
    Animal Care
    Hospitality/Tourism
    Charity Work
    Helping with Computers/ Internet
    Being an elderly companion

    Able to teach about:  

    Gardening
    DIY and building projects
    Babysitting and creative play
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Eco Projects
    Language practice
    Art Projects
    Teaching
  • More details about your skills

    A bit more about my skills....
    I try to live a simple life using my art as a way to travel on a budget. I specialise in murals.
    I've spent time teaching Art and Design back in the UK for over 20 years in fact. I love spending time with people from all sorts of different cultures and backgrounds. I am a friendly person, open and honest with the people I meet. I am a naturally creative person who loves nothing better than using my artist talents in the best possible way, or I am just as happy designing and making things.
    I love being outdoors in the sunshine, it warms my heart, gardening or building projects, would be great. I love cooking, especially healthy Thai food and anything veggie or vegan.
    I am computer literate and have very good IT skills.
    I have great people skills, I'd like to think I am warm and have empathy. I was a teacher of Art and Design Technology. So anything involving, teaching Art or English would be great! I can cook, clean, and help around the house. I don't mind getting my hands dirty and I am happy to chip in with anything that is needed to help. I have grown up children who are now in their 20's, so childminding wouldn't be a problem. I am a happy go lucky sort of person who is looking for a cultural experience and some great memories.

    I am also a children's face painter and body painter. If you have any parties or festivals, then I can help out with this.

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    Portuguese: Beginner

    More details about my language interests
    I am an online English teacher currently, I am able to teach this to anyone who needs help to improve. I used to be an Art teacher and I am able to guide people through the art process.

  • Age

    45

  • What else ...

    I am in the process of rebuilding and refurbishing my own home. I have many skills using wood. I am confident using electric and hand tools. I am learning to play djembe and I am part of a drum circle. I enjoy yoga, meditation and mindfulness.

  • Some more information

    • Smoker

    • Driver's licence

    • Allergies
      wheat/gluten

    • Special dietary requirements
      I try to eat mainly plant based food wherever possible, but understand this is not always possible.

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