Reflect / Appreciate / Explore
Collaged mixed media houses which reflect the thoughts and feelings of lockdown as a Young Carer, exploring the use of colour, shape and texture to express emotion. These colourful, tactile creations are accompanied by Cinquain Poems which boil down the whole experience of lockdown into a short, powerful reflection.
Mixed media sculptural love bugs incorporate at their heart a message of the things and people that the Young Carer is thankful for. A visual symbol of the things that support their resilience and positive wellbeing, supporting the young person to identify their own protective factors, promoting feelings of stability and confidence whilst exploring new materials like acetate and wire.
Having looked back and taken stock of current protective factors the final step sees the Young Carers explore their feelings about the future, the idea of returning to ‘normal’ and the worries and anxieties that accompany another change. These concerns are expressed through the creation of worry beads, a device used throughout history to promote mindfulness and alleviate tension, worries are written in the centre of hand rolled, colourful, patterned paper beads strung together on wool and finished with a handmade tassel.