No. 7/50 - Thoughts - HeadsUp50Project - Original Mixed Media

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No. 7/50 - Thoughts - HeadsUp50Project - Original Mixed Media

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#7 collage - Thoughts

This collage is part of my #HeadsUp50Project which is focusing on depression, mental health 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 updates.  

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

This project is also a personal way of documenting the reduction and hopefully stopping 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, with a message of hope.

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More about the collage:
The back story of: 'Thoughts'
This piece speaks of how we can sometimes bury our feelings of low mood and that this is never a strategy that can work in the long run. 

For me, writing out what's on my heart, whether good or bad, is a really cathartic practice.  I also have noticed that letting it all go, helps to shed some light on the issue.  Don't sensor yourself, don't worry about grammar, just allow yourself to release the words. 

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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