Crockford is part of Studio A, a non-profit group based in Crows Nest that works to break down the barriers facing artists with an intellectual disability.

“We help the artists develop skills and the practices they need to make it as artists, sell their work and show it to a mainstream audience,” says Studio A principal artist Emma Johnston, who has worked extensively with Crockford.

“Em is one of our superstar artists who gets quite a lot of jobs for murals and hoardings,” she said. “She is most definitely our Studio A colour queen. She is colour, colour, colour all the way. And her patterns are obviously really recognisable as well. She’s unstoppable.”

Crockford paints and draws every day, mostly in her home studio during the pandemic lockdown. And as for the thinking behind her bold use of colour in Garden Pop Bird Bop, she says it just makes her “feel happy”.

“I love the fireworks with colours,” she says. “The flowers are like fireworks and the fireworks are like flowers. A cool colour celebration.”



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