Opening Night and Volunteering

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Finally, after 80-100 hours of embroidery, I finished my piece for the Historic Environment Scotland (HES) art exhibition “Invisible Spaces.” I was grateful to my fake deadline for getting my piece finished a month before deadline.

All that was left was to find and purchase the rest of the bed stuff; a bed frame, a mattress, pillows, a duvet, a bedside table and a lamp. With the help of Andrew from HES, we managed to get everything sorted and put together in time for the opening night on Friday 9th November.

When we arrived at Summerhall on Friday night, I was overwhelmed with how busy the room was! There were photographers, music, and Nicola Sturgeon! Thankfully I managed to briefly meet Nicola, and spoke to her about my piece and the mental health message that it has behind it. Plus I got a photo with her, which was great!

The organisers made speeches, two artists made speeches, and Nicola Sturgeon made a speech. Slowly but surely people drank up their drinks and made their way downstairs to see the exhibition, as did we.

It was incredible and overwhelming and surreal seeing my art piece sitting in an exhibition, as well as seeing people looking at my work. It was very exciting and I’m looking to forward to any feedback the piece might get!

At the end of October I started volunteering at the local Rainbows group, which is a fun lively hour of every Monday night to spend with a group of 6-7 year olds. It reminds me a lot of when I used to work in the early years/ education sector and I’m really enjoying it so far. I’m hoping that in the future I will be able to do some creative crafts with the group as part of their badge-earning processes.

There are a couple of other things going on too, though nothing in cement just yet, but I’m enjoying getting involved with several projects and meeting lots of new people.

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