Hapton woman creates life-size horse sculpture from tin cans
17:41 05 September 2014
Being made redundant could have knocked her confidence and left Belinda Newstead not knowing which direction to go in.
But the 50-year-old from Hapton decided to take the positives from the situation and turned to her hobby of creating art to help her through the tough time.
“It was a bit of a shock and it was horrible, but it has given me the opportunity to do something different,” said Mrs Newstead, who worked as an engineer at Syfer Tecnology in Norwich for 19 years before she was made redundant at the end of May after the company moved manufacturing to China.
Having always had an interest in art, Mrs Newstead decided to enter something into the ArtLine art exhibition in Attleborough held this weekend.
“I had 18 months to think about what to do after my redundancy so I decided to make a career out of my hobby.
“The theme for the exhibition is recycled materials so I made a full-size sculpture of a horse. It has a steel frame, and the cans are held on with chicken wire.”
Mrs Newstead is now looking for a part-time job while she continues her artwork and is looking into schemes to help her start her own art business.
“Next I’m going to make a tin can foal to go with the big horse for the Wreningham Village Hall exhibition on October 4. But I’m also looking to branch out because I can also paint and wood carve.
“If I hadn’t had the focus of art I don’t know what I would have done. I thought I was settled at Syfer. Being older and losing your job is hard. But the horse has given me a boost.”
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