So 2020 was one hell of a year! Living through a global pandemic has definitely been one of the biggest challenges of my life and 2021 is starting under the shadow of COVID-19. I wanted to start the new year with some reflection, looking back at the positives that happened to me last year and talking about what I would like to do as we move forward.
In early December, we achieved a dream we never thought would happen, we moved to our forever house by the sea. Moving to Scarborough was a huge change for both of us, leaving a city that we have lived in for many years. It’s been just over a month and we don’t have any regrets, I can see the sea from my bedroom and there are so many new places to explore.
I was lucky to be involved in some fantastic projects in 2020, this included a few firsts and some new ways of working on the more traditional community projects I’m so familiar with. I was commissioned by Woven in Kirklees to create a film about embroidery in lockdown, you can view the film here on my about page. Making the film was a challenge and an opportunity to share my inspirations and techniques with a new audience.
My first lockdown collaborative project was created with Arts and Minds Network, a Leeds based organisation I work with on a regular basis. I made 100 packs to post out to people within the local NHS trust. They included fabric and thread and some simple guidelines to help people create a quilt square around the idea of hope. You can find out more about the project here.
I was also accepted to Prism Textiles, a group of artists working with textiles who exhibit annually in the UK. I’m excited to be working on my first piece for this years exhibition, the theme is in search of possibilities. I’ve been researching some new pieces around the move and exploring the history of our house.
The next few months are going to be busy as I settle into my new studio and start planning my classes with Workshop and the next project for Artlink West Yorkshire. Zoom has been a wonderful tool that allows me to connect with people through creativity and share my passion for visual art. I’m looking forward to delivering my new sessions.