Bethan Ash - UK
In the chaos of the past year, we’ve found ourselves seeking a way out from the confusion and turmoil concerning the pandemic and have found artwork, stitching, and making as a means of coping with and making sense of what’s happening in our medical centres, our communities, and the world. The opportunity to create a panel for the Covid Chronicle gives one a chance to record in stitch and cloth the wisdom and the hope the panels inspire as we witness the loss, suffering, and resilience brought about by the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. My panel was made at a time when it seemed the whole country, and in fact the whole world was going through the same crisis. Though of course everyone’s individual experience of this situation is unique. I am aware, as many people are, that for many people and places in the world, the challenges are huge and sometimes extremely harrowing, compared to my own. When making this panel, I found reflections on, and insight into, my own experiences. As well as differences. Other ways of thinking about, or seeing, what is happening in this present time. I have found attitudes changing I liken it to black negativity slowly spreading and overcoming the resonant colour in our lives.