We spoke to third year BA (Hons) Fine Art student, Hannah Staples, on what she specialises in, her time at Leeds Arts University and her plans for the future...

What do you specialise in and what are you working on at the minute?

My practice specialises in the temporary preservation of transient objects, particularly looking at natural and organic materials. I am currently working on a series that focuses temporarily preserving fresh plant roots in plant-based jelly vessels. The work transports them from being buried and unseen to being in a studio environment where they can be observed as specimens and for their sculptural appearance.

How does Leeds Arts University help you develop your practice?

Leeds Arts University provides a supportive environment with knowledgeable tutors and technicians that encourage experimentation and trying new ideas, as well as being surrounded by a variety of talented creatives. There is always opportunity to collaborate with students and professionals in different specialisms in and outside the University, helping students gain experience in different areas.

What do you plan to do after university?

After university, I will be remaining in Leeds to continue to develop my practice alongside my current job, and aim to get involved in more creative events.