Anna-Maria Salmon - UK
When the Covid-19 virus became pandemic it spread fear throughout the globe , countries one by one started to lockdown to protect their citizens and try to prevent too many deaths . It was a difficult and frightening time for everyone . The community spirit in people was awakened , with many people volunteering help where help could be given . My embroidery is to honour all those people who got out their sewing machines and made items of Personal Protective Equipment , often spending their own money to help provide the materials that were needed. I was one of the volunteer sewers , I used many yards of African Ankara fabric , which I used because it was strong and made from 100% cotton when I made what was needed each week. All fabric needed pre-washing , drying and ironing before it cut and stitched together. To vary the monotony I would take my sewing machine into our small garden to sit in the sunshine ,with the flowers and the birds chirping happily for company . Fabric was usually blowing dry on the line. The central panel of my embroidery depicts this enjoyable time in the garden . Around the edge circle , there are irregular and varied stitches that spiral around , the stitches start small and grow as the spiral tails off . This signifies both the fear and chaos that the pandemic caused as it went around the world as well as the way viruses mutate and different variants appear.