Hi, I’m Sharon, a mother of two – Luella and Nikolas (who are now 6 and 3 which reminds me, I really need to update my photos!) and based in Sydney’s Inner West.
I always dread meeting new people and having to answer the big question: “So, what do you do?” Because it’s never been a terribly straight-forward answer for me, but especially now that I have kids.
Sometimes I parent. Sometimes I work. Sometimes my work is paid, sometimes it’s volunteer.
I’m a very part-time family and birth photographer, slightly obsessed with pictures of chubby baby thighs.
I’m a bit of an activist and unapologetic social justice warrior, formerly a convener of grassroots organisation Mums 4 Refugees. I’m also vegan (going on 14 years) and have some background campaigning on animal welfare issues. And I love to bake!
Chances are though, if you’re coming to this site you know me from my work with Sydney Creative Play – the nonprofit I ran from 2014-2018. Well, on and off. It’s been a bit of a saga…
But I’m keen to put the politics and drama behind me and focus on the real reason I got into playwork. I’ve been teaching visual and performing arts since I was a teenager. I never got any formal teaching credentials (though I do hold a highly useless BA degree in Humanities) so my work has basically always been freelance – in afterschool programs, summer camps, one-off workshops, etc.
Since having kids my style has changed a lot. I work in a much more child-centred way now and focus on process over product. I like to set up opportunities for kids to create, get messy and experiment, without trying to direct their results. I recently enrolled in a Playworker Development course, and I guess that’s how I see myself now – as more of a play worker than instructor.
I’d like to use this site to highlight some of the creative projects I’ve done with kids throughout the years in the hopes that it inspires others. And (shameless plug) now that SCP is properly closed I’m available to hire as a freelance educator and playworker.
Feel free to drop me a line – I’d love to connect: firstname.lastname@example.org