Lesley Fudge - UK
I was delighted to be invited to make a title page by Wendy Bliss the founder of this amazing global collection of work, showing the different individual reactions to the Coronavirus 19 pandemic in stitch. The inspiration for this 1m square, large piece was the increase in vaccinations happening in the UK. The syringes injecting and killing the virus around the world was my hope but sadly developing nations have not been cared for in the same way as the wealthier world, so the virus continued to spread with rapidity and potentially for much longer. As an operating theatre senior nurse, I have precision work wired in and my work reflects this, I have great difficulty in freeing myself up to more abstract work. I am also a Diploma student at the Royal School of Needlework where we learn traditional embroidery, again quite precise, so it’s not surprising that this shows in my work. Embroidery and stitching have saved my sanity since the beginning of the pandemic. With a vulnerable husband who would not be likely to survive the virus, we have isolated ourselves as much as we can and early on, I realise that keeping busy was the only way to conquer my natural desire for sociability.