A MESSAGE TO SHARE
The sense of provenance is a message that Natasha is keen to share with other children, as well as her own. She runs curriculum-led workshops in schools, during which the pupils grow a vegetable from seed and document its journey. She has also been commissioned to create educational murals, most recently painting a 10ft (3m) display of purple kale, tomatoes and cucumber plants in a school dining hall; her biggest project to date. “It took me 10 days to complete,” Natasha says. “The children came alive when they saw me at work, especially when I started mixing soil with water to make mud. They loved it.” Natasha also sells her work at exhibitions, during the annual Chew Valley Arts Trail and Yeo Valley Organic Garden open days and, following demand, in her own online shop. She has recently developed a range of prints and postcards. This year sees Natasha expanding her school workshops and collaborating with other independents, who share her ethos. And, of course, she will be adding to her own vegetable patch.