This week I have created a little illustration in response to a project by The Small Fry Collective who I have worked with in the past. This project is working with Manchester Mind to keep people talking during these times of lockdown as well as to raise money to help those who are feeling isolated and may be struggling with recent issues.
The Small Fry Collective is made up of two illustrators, Maisy Summer and Aine Gordon, they work to bring creatives together to "encourage making, learning, and networking". During lockdown the duo have used their Instagram account (@smallfrycollective) to create a virtual exhibition of works by fellow illustrators, makers and creatives. Encouraging people to get creative with recreating their Zoom / WhatsApp calls / FaceTime chats and other ways of communications.
For Mental Health Awareness Week this project works with Manchester Mind to highlight the importance of talking and that we can never underestimate the power of a chat and a (virtual or distant) brew.
I saw the project on Instagram and had to get involved, I've been WhatsApp calling my mum a lot more recently just to see what she's doing with her day. My mum lives in Wales and at the minute it feels like a million miles away. I have also been making a conscious effort to write letters (something I love to do!) to my older relatives to give them something new to read about. I am quite a social creature and I have really been missing social contact, I can't imagine how some others must be feeling during lockdown.
How you can get involved
If you are a creative and want to give this a go, click HERE to head to Small Fry's Instagram page to see what others have come up with. Simply share your design on your page and tag in @Smallfrycollective
If you aren't creative but want to make a difference, click HERE to head to the Small Fry Just Giving Page for Manchester Mind. Whether you read more about the charity or able to make a donation to help Small Fry reach their target, sharing this information is important and could really help someone in need.