Chris Ford, a Blenheim native, has had the opportunity to live in many exciting cities, which has helped her see life and her art with a slightly different eye. Her home, Ford Manor in Chatham, works as a creativity extension, studio and gallery. She is a self-taught photographer and jewellery sculptor. Chris, who believes in promoting artists and helping them to fulfill their dreams, also stretches the mentor role to writing. She is a published author besides being a multiple award- winning community activist.