Chocolate and Autism Awareness

These past few weeks I have been enjoying feeling like part of the team with the Harry Specters company from Ely, Cambridgeshire.

A sketch of me by Zoey Clenshaw, Operations Executive at Harry Specters

I first read about Harry Specters’ award-winning chocolates in the National Autistic Society’s publication and not only do I love gluten-free chocolate, but I was instantly attracted by their statement:  “Empowering Autistic People”!

I was diagnosed with autism at the age of 3½ and I know the constant struggle autistic people have in order to gain confidence and self-esteem.  Harry Specters was founded by Mona and inspired by her autistic son, Ash.  Similarly I have received support over the years from my mother.  I have developed my own art business and more recently set up JOT’s Gallery.

Pictured with my mother at The Caudwell Children’s Charity’s fundraising Butterfly Ball event

I received a box of leaflets and packaging in the post from Harry Specters to recycle into a piece of art.  I made a background collage just from words and then cut around individual photos of chocolates to form the egg:

I have been told by Harry Specters that my design will be used as a card in some of their Easter packaging:

I am pleased that they also intend to promote my artwork during World Autism Acceptance Week.

I will be holding a collage workshop at Fishpond Wood near Pateley Bridge, Harrogate on 18th March.  The money received from the workshop will be forwarded to the National Autistic Society for their Spectrum Colour Challenge during World Autism Acceptance Week.

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Photos taken at my January 2023 workshop
The activities took place in the study barn at Fishpond Wood, Bewerley
Some of the completed artwork is shown above. In March we will create photo collages.

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