Creators assemble and join forces for the NHS
Royal School of Needlework Degree Student Lucy Martin has joined forces with the University for the Creative Arts (UCA) as part of their #CreatorsAssemble project which launches today. Lucy, who studies on the three year BA (Hons) Hand Embroidery Degree Programme at Hampton Court Palace, Surrey, has created a 20cm heart template with the National Health Service logo and is encouraging people of any level of embroidery and age to stitch the NHS letters and to hang the completed work in their window.
The ethos of the design was to create a piece which employs the traditional skills of hand embroidery combined with showing love and solidarity to NHS staff at this unprecedented time affecting everyone around the United Kingdom and the world. Hand embroidery can be soothing and therapeutic during troubling times, encouraging calm, focused work and inducing a relaxed state of mind. The motion of the needle through the fabric is therapeutic and the sense of accomplishment once you have created a beautiful piece of art can boost mental well-being.
Lucy said: “Right now, creativity matters more than ever! I am so honoured to be leading this exciting challenge for the RSN Degree and UCA. In creating the NHS heart, I was inspired by the love that our NHS staff show towards their patients 24 hours a day, particularly at this difficult time when most have never experienced such a situation before. Everyone can take part, adults, children, families, no matter their stitch ability, using any materials they have at home. This project encourages people to ‘stay home, protect the NHS and save lives’, and I can’t wait to see what everyone does, so please tag @lucymartinembroidery and use the hashtag #CreatorsAssemble so that I can share.”
Over the coming weeks, Lucy will be launching a series of demonstration and time lapse videos through her Instagram feed, to show the different stages to work the heart.
Angie Wyman, Course Leader for the RSN Degree in Hand Embroidery said: “We are exceptionally proud of our NHS. Our NHS embroidery project shows our appreciation of the amazing work that they are doing throughout this crisis and is a perfect example of how our Degree students are able to collaborate and successfully apply their design and hand embroidery skills to different scenarios. You too can show your appreciation by immersing yourself in this creative project led by Royal School of Needlework Hand Embroidery Degree student, Lucy Martin.”
IMAGES: Lucy Martin’s completed NHS Embroidered Heart for #CreatorsEnsemble; Lucy Martin working in her Studio; Lucy Martin’s completed NHS Embroidered Heart hanging in her home window