Glittermouse (Annabeth Orton) graduated in Fine Art (Sculpture) from Kingston University in 2002 and went on to teach a range of 2D and 3D processes at Further Education colleges in London and Manchester for over 12 years. With a broad practice including drawing, painting and illustration (both traditional and digital), interactive multimedia installations and even a craft stall at Camden Market, her work has often reflected a lifelong interest in engaging with environments and people. This was particularly manifest between 2010 and 2014, when she initiated a series of projects exploring public ownership and social cohesion whilst studying an MA in 3D Design at Manchester Metropolitan University. During this time, open participation projects developed into a series of PlaceMaking Workshops with corresponding exhibitions, functioning as a vehicle to explore how cultural background influences use of public space and personal happiness by engaging with student groups as far afield as China.
In 2015 she returned to a more aesthetic form of creativity, developing a series of canvases titled The Serenity Series, again inspired by environment and developed from photographs taken in Buddhist temples in China and Japan. It later transpired that this work marked a personal turning point as well as a creative one. Continuing to reference Buddhist iconography and philosophies in the Impermanence Series, exhibited in November 2015 at Manchester Buddhist Centre, she left the education sector and became a Mitra of the Triratna Buddhist Order in July 2016, publically confirming her commitment to make the associated teachings central to her life.
Following these significant personal changes, she recently completed a TEFL course and is now exploring her passion for education via alternative channels as a self-funded volunteer with Young Indian Futures in Nagpur, Maharashtra State. She is also continuing to study the Dharma (Buddhist teachings) and is working towards ordination with Triratna. The arts continue to play an important part in her investigation and expression of the world around her, with latest details published on the Glittermouse Blog page. She also maintains a love of running and vegan cooking, both hobbies which justify their own web spaces! Undertakings in Nagpur; however, are central to her current experience and the details of this latest adventure can be found at the new blog page Maggamouse.