The original idea for the workshops was developed from an experience I had while on a personal growth course in 1999. During a guided meditation, I visited a time in my childhood where I made something for the pure enjoyment of making it.

  I opened my eyes and the room was filled with recycled art materials of every shape and form, large sheets of paper and collage materials lay in piles on the floor, paints, pastels, crayons, glue, scissors and every other kind of art material imaginable filled the space. I started to explore these materials with a sense of creative freedom I haven’t experienced since I was a child. I realised that I wanted to find a way to help children preserve a sense of creative freedom so they could bring this into their adult lives.

I decided to develop a series of creative workshops that would help children develop a strong sense of self and a belief in their unique talents and abilities. I worked as a childcare professional for three years before completing a Graduate Diploma in Expressive Therapy at the University of Western Sydney. I am currently completing a master’s degree at the Melbourne Institute of Experiential and Creative Arts Therapy.

I enrolled in a Certificate in Small Business Management through the New Enterprise Incentive Scheme in January 2005. Bright Sparks commenced in July 2006 and has been growing steadily ever since.