I am a cleaner at the Riverfront Theatre currently on furlough.
Has lockdown changed you? How? Why?
I am no longer active like I would usually be in work so find it painful & upsetting doing normal things like walking as would normally be busy. So with my hernia I feel like the more movement i make the more discomfort I feel. I do try do light exercise but feel in pain many days later.
What made you smile or brought you joy in lockdown? Can you explain it?
Being able to keep in contact with people I work with has helped a bit. Also has been nice watching Naseem Syed do her projects, which has inspired me take up art again as a hobby as I did art GCSE many years ago, also baking has helped as like both had done in school has helped me rediscover my artistic side. As baking & doing my art creations help me to relax.
Have you changed since lockdown? Tell me why.
Lockdown has made it awkward to keep active & not being able do things like socialising have made me feel isolated & many times feeling stressed & sometimes feel short tempered due to anxiety & pain due to hernia when I try do anything like go for walk, so tend to prefer to stay home. I do miss not being able to see my mum as much as I like has been quite emotional so ring & text her as often as I can.
What is the story behind your hand art?
Having been working at the Riverfront I have watched Naz & Danielle over the years doing there art tables & events over the years especially in the holidays, missing them not doing events this time of year, as it soon being Christmas. Also my mum would usually go to USA to her craft & singing group. She is unable to go her groups & see her friends. She has left her craft supplies over mine. It has helped in a way pass the time when I am home often alone.
Is there anything else you would like to share?
I have done many things during lockdown. I believe that if I didn’t work at the Riverfront then lockdown would probably would have felt a lot different & less colourful.