Nina Packer (@nina_packer) was raised in a house full of art and creativity. Art has always been a passion of hers and one she has longed to pursue.
Nina went to college as a mature student to learn silver smithing and jewellery. However, working as a jeweller did not allow her the creativity that she craved. Nina then opened a vintage clothes store, which she closed when her daughter was born in 2010.
Nina followed her heart in 2015 when she started to learn how to print make and paint after winding down her vintage clothes business. As a local artist, Nina displays and sells her art through the New Gallery in Portscatho on Cornwall’s Roseland Peninsula.
Nina recognised that purchasers of art pieces want to know more about the artist and her picture and short biography on the wall of the gallery and relying on the gallery’s staff to portray her story was insufficient.
There have been occasions where purchasers have left the gallery to complete online research of the artist before purchasing. Nina realised that she needed a website to improve her online visibility and present herself in the best light through showcasing a portfolio and insight into her personality.
Previous experience with creating a website was fraught with difficulties and she recognised that she needed support to create her own website. Given her situation, she didn’t have budget to pay for a website to be created by an outside party.
In June 2020, an email campaign from DPN promoting a funded Employer Led Skills WordPress website building course caught Nina’s attention. Nina had experienced the quality of DPN’s course delivery having previously attended a face-to-face social media course facilitated by DPN.
The remote delivery of the course, along with funding from the Employer Led Skills project, were massive contributing factors given financial restrictions and the ability to work around childcare arrangements.
DPN were able to provide Nina with a free place on the course by accessing ESF funding from the Employer Led Skills project. By providing Nina with cost free training it meant that she was able to learn valuable skills to allow her to improve her online presence.
Discussing the training Nina commented “I really rate the DPN tutors Paddy and Sioban. The training delivery was different this time round, but it was better as it was remote. I loved the interface and accessing the Moodle resources was fantastic to build my confidence and I used these after the course was finished as I was completing my website build."
Nina completed the four-day course and has since built a complete online portfolio highlighting her styles of work (painting, drawing, printmaking, and charcoal figures).
Following the course Nina has increased her confidence for website building and developing the site for future changes.
Nina now possesses an online portfolio and biography that the New Gallery staff direct potential purchasers to.
Nina’s website (www.ninapacker.co.uk) provides a link to her available work, increasing awareness in her work and enquiries. Nina’s website is already proving an asset, a prospective buyer was referred to the website to review additional work and has since commissioned an original piece of art.