Its an enormous shift in all of our realities.
Many positives however are flowing from it. How people are home working and managing that which will bring to bear questions of whether companies will want to bring employees back into an office settling, and of course employees very unsure of returning to offices where social distancing will be impossible. Communities are coming together to help the more vulnerable. Pollution is massively reduced. Fast fashion can't carry on as there isn't the numbers shopping. Nature has time to become stronger. Goats and sheep have been in the empty streets and it's wonderful to have a sky of no vapour trails as so few planes are flying. And across the nation people are getting used to a different sense of time. Instead of rush, rush, rush - people are getting used to just enjoying things that take longer. Making, creating, baking, and of course with great weather at the moment, gardening. Its wonderful to feel so much nature being relied on to get us through. And businesses are adapting. Pubs turning to being takeaway's and businesses like Burberry will begin to make PPE for the health sector. We all need to flex and bend to these new ways of being.
The thought of course has occurred to me that I should just stop. Get a job that contributes more to society's needs at the moment. I am in that at risk group with being asthmatic, so that isn't really a plan. I need to keep my head down and stay in. But how to continue as an artist??? what can I actually help with?
Well.......art feeds the soul and making helps mental health. That is a definite truth and its that that I am going to attach my flag too. People need inspiring, lifting up and tips as to how to make new things at home.......so maybe there is a way forward, with me sharing my work and changing how I work too.
Dicken's had it right in the Tale of Two Cities......
Stay safe and watch here for some creative ideas
to have a go at!