It's A New Day - No. 1/50 HeadsUp50Project - Original Mixed Media

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It's A New Day - No. 1/50 HeadsUp50Project - Original Mixed Media

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#1 collage - It's A New Day

This piece is part of my #HeadsUp50Project which is focusing on depression, mental health, wellness etc and how this can impact our lives, our families and society. I will be creating 50 collages (one for each year of my life) with regular video 'diary' updates.  

The project includes a personal element - as someone who has suffered from depression on/off for numerous years, and I also know several people with depression.  

This project is also a personal way of documenting the reduction and hopefully stopping of my antidepressants. It's about helping to remove the stigma of depression and bring the topic to everyday discussion in a more understanding, informed way, all with a message of hope, acceptance and resourced information. 

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More about the collage:

The back story of: 'It's A New Day'

The 'back story' on this collage:

It's A New Day - when you're in a dark place, sometimes things can get very hard, I know, I've been there.  This is some encouragement for those days - it reminds us that: 'it's a new day'.  It's taking those baby steps and keeping going, trying to give yourself what you need and opening up to someone about how you feel.  


Each piece is individual and sits on a painted black box canvas measuring 8x8". All collages include an expressive portrait painted and created on an empty antidepressant medication box and teamed up with a 'Yorkshire Tea' teabag - (I live in Yorkshire and so drink a lot of Taylors, Yorkshire Tea!) In addition, found papers, lace, fabric, pressed leaves/flowers are also included. Some hand stitching is also often included and a particular word or phrase to title the piece is added onto watercolour paper and each letter stamped individually.  

Each collage takes a lot of time, effort and love to create. In addition, some of the 'flaps' from the medication packet, contain some little message of hope or thought that's just for you.  

Thank you.

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