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'Supporting the storm' by Nadine Griffiths

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I am currently studding Creative and Therapeutic Arts, at South Wales University. I all art forms and learning new art skills, I sell my art where I can and gift art to spread joy. My ambition is to be a Creative Arts Practitioner and support other peoples wellbeing, as I have my own.

Has lockdown changed you? How? Why?

Lockdown has changed me, I learnt that you need to make the most of the little things, often these things mean the most. Also lockdown has taught me that my diary hasn't got to be jammed packed all of the time. I knew how important family time was and how well the whole family respond to this time. I was mistaken to think that to make the best memories, we had to do big days out and grand gestures. Family time can be doing simple and easy things, just being together makes the best memories.

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

Through lock down I found it very hard being away from extended family and friends, I missed them. What made me smile is knowing how lucky I am, having them in my life. I noticed how much we support one and other. The things people done through lock down to uplift and support people was truly amazing. Seeing so many people making a difference and helping others, brings me joy.

Have you changed since lockdown? Tell me why.

I have changed because I learnt to notice the small things. I like to think that a persons day can be turned around by the simplest of things, a smile or a wave. I now make a conscious effort to be someone who could brighten up someone’s day.

What is the story behind your hand art?

The art piece 'Supporting The Storm' is inspired by the NHS door step clap and my appreciation for the work they do. The hand represents the NHS staff supporting us through the storm (Pandemic). The Hand of the NHS is guiding us towards that rainbow that will follow this storm.

Is there anything else you would like to share?

The Hand sculpture was made using paper mache, I painted the hand and put on a glove to symbolize needing to protecting the NHS. The Covid-19 Germ was crocheted and placed on the glove, to give the message of the NHS helping us to fight back. I photographed the piece and digitally added the rainbow, a symbol of hope and better times. Creating this piece really deepened my understanding of the array of feelings and emotion that connected to the lockdown.

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