We last spoke 2 years ago, at the peak of the pandemic. You had just graduated from CSM at the time. What you’ve been up to creatively since finishing your MA?
God yeah that feels like ages ago now! Since then, I’ve done a mix of different freelance bits and an artist residency but my focus has been on self-publishing and making these party bags. I launched another book in August 2021 and then took them to book fairs and got them stocked in places across the country. I’ve also been involved in a wonderful community project with My Yard (a charity in Harrow). We published a book full of photos shot by the young people on their estate. I’ve then been working on this new book and party bag and tbh I spend most of my time thinking about and making books.
“I find it so nice to be able to support other people with what they are making and help them hold space for their voices or concerns.” – Stephanie Francis-Shanahan
You have also been teaching. How is this experience?
I really love teaching and it feels so integral to my practice. I’m fascinated by collective experience and got a lot out of communicating with people so I see teaching as an extension of my research. I find it so nice to be able to support other people with what they are making and help them hold space for their voices or concerns.