As I work in my studio in the garden, for once 'staying home'
I wanted to let you know that I will be taking part in the Community Stitch Challenge, from Monday 30 March with Textileartist. It follows on from Sue Stone's fabulous launch last week. I am calling the exercise 'Social Distancing Stitch' and will focus on looking at the everyday things we have around us. Please feel free to join me in this free challenge.
During this time my thoughts turn to the NHS staff, and other key workers working hard to keeping us safe, fed and warm. For many in the global community this is a far more challenging time and where fresh drinking water is harder to come by and simply washing hands is more difficult. Creative people have found that events, performances, teaching and exhibitions have all but disappeared. It’s a tough time for everyone as our lives change. Small businesses and the self-employed are particularly vulnerable to the impact of these necessary changes. I am equally heartened however, of how resourceful everyone is, and social media has become a blessing of communication. This is where the creative industries are still proving their value and sharing their skills in providing suggestions for activities whilst staying home.
This week would have seen the opening of Gypsy Maker 4 at the Rug Gallery in Cardiff. I am very proud of being part of this ground-breaking concept devised, owned and developed by the Romani Cultural and Arts Company. We will reschedule.
Who could have seen a month ago most of the population movement so restricted as we work together for the benefit of all?
The Image on the left is Pani Kekkavva (Kettle) Rose 2019,
I am thrilled to be in the latest edition of Stitch magazine. My project, The Wasteland and is good companion to the Stitch Challenge. If you go digital, you can get three issues for £5.
Finally, I am trying to get to grips with updating some items on my small shop. Please be aware I am adhering to Government guidelines, you will get things ordered but they may take longer. For anyone who orders anything I will donate 10% of my sales to Shelter or Plantlife.
Remember, Social Distancing, does not mean 'distant,' Self Isolation need not mean 'lonely'. Stay Safe, Stay at Home.