Johanna Roehr is an illustrator/ animator and the founder of Self Raising Studio at the Old Bakery in Truro. Johanna set up the Social Enterprise in 2016 to provide a positive and safe space for anyone wanting to explore their creativity.
During her Master’s degree, Johanna began to research neurological conditions for an illustration project. In order to get more insight into what it might be like to live with conditions such as autism and dementia, she started to work as a care support worker. Spending time with neurodiverse people constantly challenged Johanna’s own perception of reality and encouraged her to see the world from many different perspectives - all of which are valid. Using art as a language turned out to be an amazing tool to communicate those different views to one another where words have failed.
Language is a habitat that can become inaccessible to those who are unfamiliar with its rules or weary of its limitations. Being unable to communicate our basic needs, wishes and feelings can leave us feeling disconnected, isolated and frustrated. Self Raising Studio wants to start an on-going dialogue between the neurotypical and the neurodiverse community through VISUAL communication.
Johanna and her guest tutors offer a variety of art workshops in animation, painting, printmaking, book binding and outdoor sketching. These sessions are always tailored to the individuals’ specific needs and playfully explore the use of art as a tool to overcoming barriers such as social isolation, low self-esteem, and communication difficulties.
Come and join us for a workshop and add your creative voice to the conversation! We can’t wait to see what you’ve got to say :)