Fiona Scimone



I am an artist and passionate advocate of outdoor education for children.  I have had a family base here in Frensham all my life thanks to my great grandfather, Richard Hyde, who on the advice of a naturopath, moved his growing family from London in 1901 to escape the smog.  Consequently, my great aunts, uncles and grandmother grew up, spread their wings and settled around Farnham, Runfold, Churt and Frensham in turn raising their own families- so here I am!  I studied painting at Farnham art school (now U.C.A), following in the footsteps of my grandmother who was a pupil there in 1918, and continued with post graduate study in sculpture, photography, performance and education.  I am currently learning the art of puppetry!  I’ve also lived/studied/worked/exhibited in France, New York, Italy, Spain, Cyprus and in the UK: Glasgow, Brighton and London.  I’ve worked as an art lecturer, gardener, curator, artisan baker, mother. balloonist, language teacher, photographer, au pair, fundraiser, waitress, milliner, illustrator, Portobello market trader peddling vintage textiles, life drawing tutor, freelance writer, cleaner, holistic therapist, storyteller….etc, even a stint as Rupert the bear in full costume and talking in rhyming couplets around the independent book shops of Sussex…much to the alarm of various small children!  Such is the resourcefulness needed by anyone leaving art school.

Since becoming a mother, I’ve been concerned about the growing lack of creative content in English primary schools and also children’s increasing dis-connection with the natural world in their daily lives.  I have given a lot of time working as a volunteer to help restore this in whatever way I can by getting involved as an artist and wildlife/forest school advocate at local schools in this area and previously at the Botanic Gardens in Glasgow.

I co- founded St Mary’s Bakery with my partner Richard and will always grab the opportunity to become a ‘sourdough bore’ whenever possible.  We all live in St Mary’s Cottages along with two tabby cats and an assortment of chickens and bantams.

I’m interested in the Transition towns movement, permaculture, the work of the real bread campaign/slow food culture and the positive benefits of being part of a strong community: generally I try to live more sustainably and consciously.

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1 St Mary’s Cottages
The Street
GU10 3EA
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