About Who we are Staff Natanya Mark Natanya joined Creative Lives in 2019. She is a creative practitioner interested in collective and intuitive making. Natanya’s approach is hands-on, and is concerned with how we can feel more in touch with our everyday environments. Tactile workshops make up a large part of her artistic practice, often involving collective weaving processes to fabricate community closeness. Natanya enjoys re-purposing throwaway materials; polystyrene chip boxes have been transformed into looms, and disused ethernet cables have become weaving materials to re-connect participants with their environment. In 2016, Natanya initiated the first series of creative workshops to be hosted at the Royal National Institute of Blind People. She continues to develop an Arts Programme at RNIB on a voluntary basis, organising exhibitions and collaborating with filmmakers and graphic designers to showcase participants’ works. Following the aftermath of the Grenfell Tower Fire, Natanya worked with three artists in collaboration with Justice4Grenfell to initiate a series of United Voices Making Days hosted in the Latimer Road community. The United Voices team have since founded Studio Newbie, running collaborative making-focused events which centre around amplifying community voices. Natanya gained a First Class English Literature BA from the University of Cambridge in 2015 and completed an MA in Visual Communication at the Royal College of Art in 2018.