It doesn't always follow that being good at something will mean you can teach it to others with the same level of skill but in the instance of the Visual Arts course I graduated from recently this was the case. Over the three years I studied I was taught by all in the faculty (six I think) and I was constantly amazed at not only their own talent as practicing artists but also the quality of the teaching - nothing short of passionate, dedicated and skillfull when it came time to pass on their resources and knowledge. Unfortunately the CIT management has caught on to the fact that the Visual Arts students were getting extraordinary value for their money and they are now restructuring the course and making some big changes - most likely less contact hours. It's one of the reasons I decided to keep studying last year when I had at first wanted to take the year off. I'm lucky to get through when I did. In our gratitude my classmates and I created gifts for the teachers out of work we'd made or Maquettes. This picture is of a maquette I was experimenting with but decided to turn into a brooch for Jodie, one of our studio teachers. She loves bright colour so I made it with this in mind. It's made of felted marino sculpted to fit the abstracted wire shape, then stitched back on with tiny stitches. The little green and pink felted circle stitched on reminds me in colour and texture of a macaroon! I really find these kind of little craft projects fun and meditative - especially when I have someone in mind to receive it. Wish there was time for more of this kind of thing.