Amy is an artist, playworker, and producer well-known for her unique approach to fostering play in public spaces. As the founder of The Parakeet Studio, she specialises in creating large-scale, child-centred art projects that recognise children as artists, makers, and designers. This approach encourages them to freely explore their imaginative ideas through playful exploration and enquiry.
As a play advocate, she enthusiastically champions the incredible potential of outdoor environments in sparking children's creativity and playful behaviours. Amy is dedicated to advancing "Play literacy," a term coined by playworker Penny Wilson, among the diverse communities, volunteers, artists, and adults she collaborates with. This involves fostering the ability to read, interpret, sense, and understand the essence of play and our role as adults in creating and sustaining environments in which play is given time, space, and validation.
Amy earned a distinction from the Centre for Research in Early Childhood (CREC) in Master of Arts in Education (Early Years). In addition, she's a TEDx speaker and a passionate group facilitator for both adults and children.