My Lockdown Story Stockport Miniature Book Project 

This course has now ended but you can buy our digital pack leading you through creating your own at home here

Write your lockdown story!

’My Lockdown Story’ is a project inviting anyone who lives, studies, works or has a connection to Stockport to document your experience of lockdown through creativity. Exploring simple creative writing and mixed media arts techniques such as collage and drawing to produce a lovely miniature hardback concertina book, artist Alison Waters will guide you through telling the story of your year, framed by lockdown. We hope that they will be a thoughtful, beautiful and tangible product of your experience, a focused opportunity to favour creation over rumination, and to connect with others. Your story will be yours, whatever it may be, however the sessions will inspire a positive focus and invite you to pull on strings of hope…

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Did you discover something new? Explore a new place? Grow in some way or realise something? Did you support others? Did your artistic practice develop? 

The project consists of:

  1. A course of 4x online sessions with the artist
  2. An online exhibition of all the documented participant books during summer 2021. Any practicing artists, groups or businesses, we will endeavour to share your work.
  3. A large-scale collaborative exhibition commemorating our experiences of lockdown & looking forward at Stockport War Memorial Art Gallery in collaboration with The Doll’s House Art Gallery.

Course Information

You will attend 4x artist-led sessions on Zoom, but will also be encouraged to create work independently outside of them. 

You will receive a pack of materials to create a book – Page size: 5.5×3.5cm, Cover size: 6x4cm plus a digital pack including a book making video walkthrough, helpsheets and inspiration.

Your book making pack will include: A book board, book cloth, a glue stick, A4 paper, pages of text, coloured and other miscellaneous papers, a fine liner, a stamp & return envelope.
What else you might need: Drawing materials, pens, paint, needle/thread, watercolours, magazines, old books, whatever inspires you or is in keeping with your piece.

09:00 April 14th – Bookings close to allow for postage time.
Weds April 21st Session 1 – Context – Introduction to the project & book making – how to create a mini concertina book using book cloth etc.
Weds April 28th Session 2 – Content – A few short exercises to get thinking about your subject matter – found word poetry/prose/disassembly writing with Alison and guest artist Jacqui Wood.
Weds May 5th Session 3 Collage – Introduction to collage, warm up exercise and techniques.
Weds May 19th Session 4 – Connect –  After a 2 week break to continue making, we will come together for sharing, celebrating, cakes & cuppa! Don’t worry though, it doesn’t have to be finished quite yet… Monday June 21st – post your book to arrive at Arc by this date.

Book your place here!