• Naseem Syed

'Holding On' by Donna Whittington

I am a first year student at USW studying Creative and Therapeutic Art

Has lockdown changed you? How? Why?

Lock down has definitely slowed down my pace of life. I live with my husband of 31 years and our 20 year old son. We have been able to spend chilled out time in the garden, breakfast sat out in early morning sun, evenings huddled, chatting around the chimenea.

What made you smile or brought you joy in lockdown? Can you explain it?

Not having to clock watch and not rushing around trying to fit a weeks worth of chores into every day.

Have you changed since lockdown? Tell me why.

First month of lockdown, having a lot of time to think I decided I needed a challenge and an adventure so at the age of 51 I applied to University Of South Wales to do Creative Arts and was accepted on a 3 year BA course.

What is the story behind your hand art?

We have spent many hours in our garden, at the beginning of lock down we planted summer bedding in our pots. Little did we know, at the time, that we would still be in lock down when it was time to plant the winter flowering pansies. Our hands represent us 3 holding and supporting one another, and the pansy represents that nature will always find a way.

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