An Artist and Associate Lecturer based in Sheffield, Zoe works with various media – paper cut artwork, mural painting and prop making. Her work often includes geometric shapes, a nod to nature and a pop of colour.

‘I was a student at Anthony Gell School, 1991 – 1996 while living in Matlock Bath. My folks moved to Wirksworth around 1999 and having lived with them periodically over the years, and visited regularly too – I’ve watched the town change and grow into  a creative hub, I love coming home.’

‘I was thinking about the setting of the Skatepark and how it’s such a lovely spot to hang out with your pals – The design is crossover between being around in nature in the park and the block structure of the ramps.’

‘I start with a pencil sketch, and work out which pattern I want on which colour layer – sometimes this changes as the work continues, which I quite like – then I start cutting – I cut the entire pencil sketch on white card and use that as a template for the rest of the work.’

Zoe Genders initial concept for skateboard deck and griptape skateboard art
Zoe Genders with her laser engraved skateboard deck and laser cut griptape art