During lockdown I found my creativity again after a 15 year hiatus, but seriously lacked confidence. As a key worker (in my employee job) I was still required to attend work, and I happened to show one of my colleagues called Juliet, a photo of a painting I was working on. She was super supportive and encouraged me to set up my own business as an Artist and followed my journey by commissioning a painting.
Fast forward approx 18 months and Juliet’s daughter saw an advert for a competition called ‘Moving Art’ for a local residents to submit artwork for a community arts exhibition (which had been paused during Covid). My Peacock Patterns painting was selected and became part of the show; it was lovely to meet the other selected Artists at the public events and PV, which really boosted my confidence as an Artist.
Having a love of textiles, I subsequently turned my Peacock painting into a repeat pattern which I transferred onto homewares and fabric.
My Mum then helped me to sew some of the products, and the peacock scarf became a bestseller! The kindness and encouragement shown by Juliet and her daughter brought me so much motivation to continue my journey; the peacock design and my collaboration with my Mum, also brought me many happy opportunities and memories.
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This post is in collaboration with Art Can.