Traci Howard

South African born, Traci Howard, received a diploma in graphic design at the Art Foundation in Johannesburg and went on to work in television having her own TV show 'Fabulous Fairies'.

Now, living here in Leicester, raising her twin boys Traci 'sneaks some time to make a few things".  These "things" are beautifully made assemblage pieces, rich with collage and sewing, featuring tiny playful figures and enticing narratives.  Inspired by many artists, the illustrations of Oliver Jeffers led Traci to discover her "girl in the red dress" who appears in many of her works.  Traci says "Through her I am able to express some of the emotions I feel . . . sometimes I just paint something to share, something I find beautiful or touching".