Sam Goodlet, artist

SAM Goodlet, 34, is an artist taking part in a performance at Durham’s Brass Festival.

Sam Goodlet now and as a child

SAM Goodlet, 34, is an artist taking part in a performance at Durham’s Brass Festival. She lives in Tynemouth with Morris Taylor, a mechanical fitter.

Sam grew up in Gosforth, Newcastle and Forest Hall with her three younger siblings Andrew, now 31, Jen, 28, and Megan, 20.

Her dad, Mal, was a plant engineer in Saudi Arabia who died when Sam was 12.

Her mum Lynda, 55, brought the family up and now works as an education officer for Interactive Development. She lives near Morpeth.

Sam studied fine art at Dundee University, graduating in 1999.

She then worked as an art teacher and now is practising artist.

Sam also is the founder of Northern Butterflies which helps adults with learning difficulties to engage with art in Northumberland.

She is performing One More Step and One Small Step together with dancer Dora Frankel as part of the Durham Brass Festival.

Their performance will take place at the Apollo Pavilion in Peterlee, County Durham.

Sam says: “It’s a combination of performance dance, music and art installation”.

The performances are on July 10, at 6.30pm and 9.30pm.

What’s your first memory?

My first memory is from when I was about three years old in a flat with my mum and dad in Gosforth. I remember wanting to get out of bed and into my mum and dad’s bed.

What were you like as a child?

Cheeky, lively, energetic, mischievous and quite a tomboy really.

What childhood games did you play?

I’m from a family of four so we’d play together. We used to do a lot of dressing up and adventure assault courses, selling perfume from rose petals, jumble sales and raising money for charity.

What music did you like and what was the first record you bought?

The first record I was given was a ZZ Top record brought back by my dad from Saudi Arabia. The first one I bought was probably something like Smash Hits Five.

Did you have a family pet?

A rabbit called Floppy and a cat called Marmalade.

Were your school days the best days of your life?

No, I’d say probably the best days were when I went to university because I made friends with loads of other artists in Dundee.

Were you ever bullied?

A little bit when I was about 11, in primary school. We were friends one minute and not the next.

What were your favourite TV programmes?

Neighbours and Top of the Pops – dancing around the sitting room.

What did you want to do when you grew up?

I wanted to be an artist from 16 or 17 but initially I wanted to go into nursing.

How did you spend your weekends?

Making dens and treehouses with friends and brothers and sisters.

Do you remember your first kiss?

A guy called Joe on a holiday in France. He was English. I was about 12.

Who was your first love?

My first love was from years back. It was a guy from the North East but I’ll just keep it like that.

What was the most important thing in the world to you?

The most important thing was family and now it is the partner I’m with and my dog Barney.

What did you wear then, that you would never wear now?

A shell suit, I had a lilac one.

How have you changed from your teenage self?

I am probably a lot more outgoing, a lot more spiritual, laid-back, liberal, different but the same in lots of ways.

Where did you go on holiday?

We used to go camping in France, in Brittany and Holland, Amsterdam. We would all pile into the car in the ferry and then tour around.

Would the young you be pleased with the adult you?

Absolutely. 100%. I’m pleased with my life, I’m happy and I think you go through experiences to get where you are now.

If you could go back in time what would tell your 15-year-old self?

I’d tell her not to worry so much about things and to be comfortable with who she is. It’s a big world out there and there exists more than you just see around you.

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