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No Label: Invisible State

Painting by Imogen Andrews

The Helen Arkell Dyslexia Charity is pleased to introduce No Label: Invisible State, an independent online art project run by artist and textile designer, Victoria Chikovani, which celebrates the creativity and imagination of dyslexic people.

“I created this project thinking about all the great people I've met. Those who turned dyslexia into their advantage and those who didn’t, and who deserved a better treatment and support of society at the time when they most needed it. This project is about and for people who want to discover their creative potential and share their artistic vision by practicing art and meeting like minded people. We display artworks of all participants on social media and promote them to different creative and dyslexia related organisations to encourage more people to engage in arts.” 

Creativity and 360 degree thinking are commonly recognised skills which many individuals with dyslexia have.  The skills to visualise, interconnect ideas and develop new concepts are powerful tools for imagination and problem-solving.  Art provides a powerful medium through which these skills can be demonstrated successfully.  As Victoria says, “By doing this project we aim to support the idea that art practice helps develop alternative approaches to tackling difficulties caused by dyslexia and that dyslexia itself should be seen as a starting point for new opportunities.”

In these challenging times, many more people are turning to art as a way of managing the uncertainties and isolation that social distancing brings.  We agree with Victoria that art is a great way to share thoughts, ideas and emotions, and that anyone can give it a go.

The project welcomes both professional and amateur artists, and those people just beginning their artistic journeys.  It was due to end in March, but due to its popularity the organisers are working on a second informative part which aims to raise awareness of dyslexia and develop an understanding of what it feels like to be dyslexic.  

Artwork is posted regularly on the project’s Instagram account under the hashtag #nolabelinvisiblestate.

Victoria and her team invite further participation and look forward to hearing new stories and seeing your art, as do we at the Helen Arkell Dyslexia Charity!

To submit your artwork please contact Victoria at:

E-mail: [email protected]
Instagram: @nolabel_art
Twitter: @nolabel_art

Artist Rhyanna Melanson “(No I Can't) Read the Writing on the Wall.” @rhyannamelanson
“The picture conveys the struggle I face as a dyslexic to decipher the written language.”
Artist Joanna Johnson “Beth 6.” @beth_beth_beauty
“Beth explores the culture of excessive beauty by exaggerating society's expectations to be attractive. How far will beauty go before it becomes grotesque?”
Joanna describes her work as “performance art where she takes the form of a persona named Beth who is ‘living art’.
Artist Eloise Pilbeam 'Skin Tight'
“I physicalise how I feel about the body through my art.” 
“Skin Tight is a sculpture that uses tactile media such as mud, cloth, straw, string, dye and metal to convey an emotional outlook on our physical state. I used rich and stimulating materials, as their qualities recall our tactile physicality, with hard and soft components.”
Artist Lily Nolan “Lion” @art_____i______love
“I chose to draw a lion as they are strong and I feel drawing in pen is my strong point.”
Artist Imogen Andrews “Cousin Max & the Moon” @imogen.andrews

“I made this collage for my baby cousin Max who loves the moon. I hope it inspires him to use creativity to express himself all through his life.”
Artist Victoria Chikovani “Paisley Futures: Luckenbooth” @dazzlingsilk
“The textile pattern “Luckenbooth” is part of the series of works exploring the cultural relationship between India and Scotland. In Celtic culture “Luckenbooth” symbolises Love and Indian mandala (meaning “circle” in Sanskrit) symbolises cosmic and spiritual order.
As a textile artist and designer I’m keen on using textile techniques to create contemporary patterns that incorporate elements from both of these fascinating cultures.”

Artist Lydia Baker “My noble father, I do perceive here a divided duty” @lydiabaker0 
“This series explores the relationship of the photographer and her father. Text taken from a poem written by her brother and Shakespeare’s Othello. The image and text explore the various work spaces her father has around the house. Highlighting the isolation of running a business from home and the effects this has on family life.''





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