You'll Be Fine began as a form of 'practical mindfulness' in response to my diagnosis of a rare form of cancer-Primary Cutaneous CD30+ Anaplastic large Cell lymphoma (ALK-).
My practice and initial investigation was a coping strategy to enhance my quality of life throughout the long wait for diagnosis and therefore manage anxiety, uncertainty and the medical side effects of treatment, including my experience of itch.
I visualised the cells in vivid colour; smooth, calm and flat, merging together. The process was an effective coping mechanism for me when thoughts became jumbled and out of control. It is also a form of communication and I have developed a collection of interactive textiles that illustrate the barriers and obstacles we face coping with skin lymphoma.
My work also highlights the positive effects of the sea on our health and living in Cornwall, the landscape and light are inspirational. A catalyst for creativity and a privilege to live in such a beautiful part of the world.
I hope my practice can be viewed as a non- threatening approach to invite others into conversations, using creativity as a coping strategy for different challenges we face in life.