• Naseem Syed

‘With these hands...’ by Beth Wilks

I am a primary school teacher and I love creating things!

Has lockdown changed you? How? Why?

Like everyone I have found lockdown a challenge but I don’t feel that it has changed me.

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

Enjoying the simple things has brought me joy in lockdown- watching my children play in the garden, family walks, enjoying nature in the sunshine, doing lots of creative projects. These moments have brought balance to the chaotic and fraught times which have existed alongside them.

Have you changed since lockdown? Tell me why.

I don’t feel that I have changed since lockdown, although the situation has forced me into doing things which I wouldn’t willingly have done, becoming marginally more resigned to using technology for example. I’ve also shared some of my artwork which I never would have done pre lockdown.

What is the story behind your hand art?

I enjoy creating papercuts. I like how they can be simple or intricate and how they are all attached by a continuous line of paper, although it can be extremely annoying if you mistakenly cut something off! My papercut shows some of the things which my hands have been busy doing during lockdown, some inspiring, some mundane, some infuriating, some a privilege. The stuff of life!

Is there anything else you would like to share?

I have found creativity more than ever to be essential to everyday life. I have loved seeing other people’s projects, and have particularly enjoyed seeing how people who wouldn’t consider the arts their thing benefit from engaging with it over lockdown.

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