• Naseem Syed

'Together Forever, Hand In Hand' by Alice Rose Bethune

Updated: Oct 7, 2020

Has lockdown changed you?

I appreciate the little things more and what freedom we have, even in lockdown – my garden, redecorating my bedroom, spending time with my mum, the novel ways of keeping in touch with people like zoom! The NHS, my neighbours who helped when we were in isolation and VE Day (socially distanced) party, pub quizzes online, making my own decorations for my birthday and being able to work from home. 

What made you smile or brought you joy in lockdown? 

I’ve never spent so much time sat in my garden in the sunshine, listening to music and reading reading my book! Playing cards with my mum on a warm evening and watching my dog play with the water spray from the hose. 

Have you changed since Lockdown? 

I think I’m probably a bit more anxious/paranoid of the virus and the debates that come with it. I don’t deal well with change, but I have realised that I can’t control everything and everyone’s in the same boat. I have learnt to ‘go with the flow’ more and see the silver linings in all things. 

What is the story behind your hand art? 

My grandparents died two days apart from Covid-19. They were married for 60 years. The piece is very personal to my family, me and my grandparents and there is symbolism throughout. 

Honeycomb shape – my grandads passion for beekeeping 

The material – my grandmas wedding dress

Badges – their travels. Dance competitions, choir, beekeeping 

Photos of moments in their life 

Poppies – My grandmas favourite flower

Forget-me-nots – My grandad had dementia 

Two yellow hearts - #Loveforthelost symbol 

Quote – reference from the bible, religion was important to my Grandma 

Two hands with a wedding ring – together forever, hand in hand

Small beads – from my Grandmas 21st Birthday necklace

The pandemic/lockdown has affected me in ways I could never have imagined. Making this piece has been therapeutic and enjoyable. I’m proud to share it and also keep it as a special keepsake for years to come. 

#lostconnectionsart #lockdownstories

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