We are Lost Bond, a collective creating a narrative on the subject of mental health. Our aim is to positively change the perceived stigma of poor mental health through conversation and artistic expression. We want people to feel comfortable opening up to find help and support and to use their experiences and insights to benefit other sufferers. We have just completed our first short film which addresses four polar-opposite emotions; trust and distrust; fear and anger; joy and sadness and anticipation and surprise, all highlighting the emotions one feels every day. The story is built upon the inherent complexity and duality of human nature and our ability to feel multiple, competing and contradictory emotions, all conveyed through the presence and actions of the ‘silent killer’, a character who personifies the dark shadows of a disturbed mind. The character, lurking in the background and coming to the fore, represents the proximity and unpredictability of challenges to our mental health.
As a result of the pandemic, our filming was postponed. Although this was frustrating, it meant we were able to plan other exciting projects. We focused mainly on designing a unisex streetwear collection which is inspired by the emotions associated with mental health. The collection is a reflection of the human psyche; a journey through mental health, capturing both the darkness and fear of our anxieties as well as the beauty and power of a positive, confident and happy state of mind. We will hopefully have an event where we will showcase the collection as a fashion show (depending on the covid situation). The event will also be made up of exciting elements which will express opposing emotions in interesting ways, furthermore young artists and musicians working with us will display visual art and perform live music.
We have recently released the third video of our ‘Speakeasy’ IGTV series in which we compile stories shared with us by members of the public addressing their relationship with and understanding of their own mental health. By doing this we are allowing a conversation around the topic to start and gather momentum. By sharing our experiences, we can normalise the way we feel and reassure each other that we are not alone in our struggles.
The Speakeasy series 'Artist editions' aim to show how the arts can be powerful in providing a coping mechanism for mental health struggles. By channelling emotions into creating something beautiful we have the capacity to reduce negative feelings and encourage positive outcomes.
Your donations will go towards funding our current projects, helping us grow as a collective allowing us to do more and more work in order to raise more and more awareness for mental health, working along side charities to provide the support for mental health awareness that is so desperately needed in society today. All profits which will be 50% of all donations (if we reach our target) will go to YoungMindsUK: this amazing charity “Is the UK’s leading charity committed to improving the emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people. They campaign, research and influence policy and practise.” With your help we look forward to giving this issue the attention it deserves to promote better mental health for everyone in our community.
Thank you in advance for your generosity,
Jude, Harry and Gabriel
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