In celebration of National Carers Week, we’d like to introduce you to Ruth. She attends our Creative Company art workshops, aimed at adult family carers. For two hours each week, Ruth takes some time out from her caring responsibilities to join us for a bit of relaxing and creative fun in Stowmarket, led by one of our team of inspirational artists.
Name: Ruth Coomber
How long have you been attending Creative Company?
It doesn’t feel very long! I was going to say 2 months, but then I looked back and it must have been January or February 2017 I started coming.
What have you most enjoyed about taking part in Creative Company?
I love the activities, the artists and the opportunities to make different, often quite challenging things. When I really think about it, the thing I get most out of it is the deadline of making time to do something for me and insisting on having that space to do something I enjoy without having anyone there I am responsible for. I don’t particularly find groups which are only tea and biscuits all that rewarding, but this is a lovely, relaxing opportunity to just be myself. I loved art at school, and in fact got accepted to do art at college.
How has being part of Creative Company made a difference to your life?
I take things home I am proud of to show my family, and show photos on Facebook. I love the company of Candida and the artists, and how supportive they are, and it is a relief to be able to go to something I am not in some way responsible for. So I feel refreshed and capable and proud of things I have done.
What has Creative Company inspired you to do next?
Some of the activities would be quite hard to extend at home, and it is difficult to find a quiet time to concentrate let alone the space to work or the materials, but I unexpectedly enjoyed the making things with words session and the memories it brought up of my childhood home. I have tried to do more of that.
I’ve created a little gallery of art works by the family, including me, on the landing. I’ve invested in a sketch book and take it with me and am drawing things I see, or photographing them with my phone. I don’t know what I will, “do” with it but it makes me happy to look and record. Perhaps, if I get organised enough with my caring responsibilities, I should look at finally going to do that art course I was accepted on all those years ago.
How would you describe Suffolk Artlink in three words?
Escape. freeing. fulfilling