• Naseem Syed

‘Something to hold on to’ by Lynne Croft

@lynnesartandfeltemporium - on Instagram and Facebook

I mainly work with wool by needle felting and wet felting to create felted pictures, handbags, ornamental pieces...pretty much anything I can think of! I run group and one 2 one felting workshops, and was lucky enough to run online felting workshops with Maindee Festival during this summer. During lockdown I have been experimenting with different styles and mediums. I've been trying to improve my portrait work and online life drawing.

Has lockdown changed you? How? Why?

It's made me realise how much I enjoy being surrounded by so many people at work, being able to natter at the photocopier, be a part of each others lives. It was a dramatic change going from working full time in a very busy office, to working alone in my dining room. I learned a lot about my daughter whilst the schools were shut and she did her school work by my side. I think it brought us closer. The whole situation has been full of emotional ups and downs, and I have leaned heavily into making art to keep myself busy and grounded.

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

My daughter initiated a 10 hugs a day rule. I'm very glad she did, I really needed them.

Have you changed since lockdown? Tell me why.

I've had to learn not to beat myself up if I haven't achieved everything I set out to do. I've become more willing to try new things.

What is the story behind your hand art?

I wanted to show how art has been something that I've been able to hold on to during lockdown, and how it's felt throughout that we're all just trying to grasp at anything to keep us focussed. To show this, I've drawn my hand holding on to the stem of a felted flower. I've used pencil, drawing inks and a felted flower that I made in an online workshop I ran with Maindee Festival during the summer.

Is there anything else you would like to share?

Cardiff Museum Drawing Group has been amazing, setting weekly challenges that have lead me to try new things and leap out of my comfort zone. We also keep in touch on WhatsApp to discuss each others work and give words of support and encouragement. You can follow Cardiff Museum Drawing group on Instagram, and take part in the challenges yourself. Just use #cardiffmuseumdrawing when you post your pic.

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