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Welcome to my spring newsletter.

The lockdown has not brought much change to me here in Farncombe, as creativity and home life are inseparable. I am lucky to be sharing this time with my two teenagers. I have been reflecting on how much of my work is inspired by my family and friends, and how often they crop up in my work. 

Last year I was commissioned by the Royal College of Nursing to make some panels exploring the emotions in modern nursing. I was lucky enough to meet and share stained glass skills with around fifty nursing professionals and I included many of their pieces in the borders of my Nursing Life triptych. Now, more than ever, we are all appreciating the amazing work they do every day. 
The first panel Beginnings was drawing on my own experiences of having routine hospital births and it also explores the experiences of nurses who travelled to this country to work. I included my youngest's birthday in the post stamps, and my eldest's favourite teddy who was called Baby Abby Abby.
Middle explores mental health and I was remembering a time when I lived in Richmond and volunteered (teaching art) at the Cassel Hospital. A friend of mine benefited greatly from therapy there and I remembered him in this panel. I also gave thanks to the nurses who looked after my eldest when he was four. 
The final panel End represents community nursing and I depicted the last days of Bernard, my step-dad. My mum cared for him in their beautiful home in Devon. The words embroidered on the quilt in the border are by nurse and poet Molly Case from Nursing the Nation. My sister, a respiratory nurse specialist in London, advised me during my research. She has been on the front line and is slowly recovering from the virus. Get well soon, Jude! 
The glass from Charterhouse continues to offer lessons to me. Just look at how that face is painted! Some pieces are available on the Charterhouse website and more will be soon.
The Highgate Owls are now finished and waiting for the lockdown to end before they can be installed. I enjoyed depicting dusk, although it was challenging to suggest the night without making the window too dark. Can you spot the lucky four-leaf clover? We will all need a bit of that, I think. 
There is still much to do in the studio, despite workshops and open studios being postponed. I have no doubt that I will have a creative response to the unfolding situation at some point. Meanwhile I do thank you for your support and wish you well for the duration. 

Stay safe and all the best, Rachel x

 

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