During the pandemic lockdowns, hundreds of beautiful textile hearts were made by the public for Covid-19 patients and their families and sent to Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board.
Infection controls meant that the hearts were not able to be distributed on the wards, but now, to honour the work and sentiment which went into the hearts, they are being made into permanent artworks to be displayed in six local hospitals.
Laura Cameron with the colourful artwork
The hearts are currently being layered into large heart shapes, with 3D elements, showing off the lovely details of each one by textile artist and current Bangor University MSc Public Health and Health Promotion student, Laura Cameron.
Over the summer, the art works will be completed, framed and delivered to the six hospitals, to be displayed as tributes to those lost and recovered as well as the extraordinary service provided by the many NHS workers.
Laura said, "These knitted, sewn, crocheted and felted hearts are a touching response to illness and bereavement as well as hopes for a better future. The generosity and thought poured into making each one of these hearts, by lovely people to show strangers they care, is uplifting and poignant."
These art works are made possible by support from the Sir Captain Tom Moore Fund.