As soon as I saw an email come through regarding the 12th North East Conference on Sexual Violence, which was focusing on image-based sexual abuse, I replied to the message asking if there was anything I could do to get involved. Thankfully one of the organisers, Dr Kelly Johnson, replied with an enthusiastic yes and from there, we began to plan my part in this event.
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.
For the last several months I have been involved in an amazing project with the Historic Environment Scotland organisation, in which they have selected young creative people (me being one of them!) to create an art exhibition this coming November. The theme of the exhibition is ‘Invisible Spaces’, as it will be sitting alongside Anita Corbin’s exhibition called ‘Visible Girls’.
My piece for this exhibition is focused upon mental health and is an incredibly personal expression about how my anxiety and depression affect me and what goes through my mind when I am going through a tough time. It is also a piece that comments on the invisibility of mental illness, as well as how some places can be both safe and unsafe. The piece will be an installation, and has so far taken me at least 60 hours of embroidery – and I’m only half way done!