Martha grew up in London where she studied fine art then illustration before working as a book illustrator and artist in schools. About 12 years ago she was invited to train fine artists in Addis Ababa on textbook illustration and she never left. She continues to do similar work there, teaching art, training teachers to be more creative, making artwork with students, taking photos, and drawing pictures. Her work is varied, but arts and education are always at its core.
When the students create their RotW artwork the classroom constantly changes. One moment it’s silent, and then the adults must be silent too so that the students can deeply concentrate. The next moment it’s over excited, the next full of challenges, then achievements and celebration. It is always dynamic. One students said, “It helped us use our brains!” another explained, “I started to realise what I am capable of doing”, and “I am very, very happy”. I think this is how a classroom should always be.