Artist Carole Miles and I under the umbrella of The Eloquent Fold had enjoyed our experience of working for Transported in a few libraries around Boston and South Holland a couple of years ago and wanted to continue sharing our skills and working with local communities who quite often find themselves isolated through a variety of reasons.
Our project is based in two libraries in Northamptonshire,
Roade and Deanshanger and will run for four consecutive weeks on Thursday and Friday.
Roade Library is the Thursday session, Deanshanger the Friday session. The first group we worked with were mainly seventy plus and were part of a writing group. Some had explored art and craft activities before, others were complete novices. Either way this is just fine, we love to bring people together in a safe and comfortable environment which allows for a shared creative experience.
Deans hanger Library were a mixed age group and were eager to find out all about the project and what it involved.
Week one is where the group worked with me to learn how to make their book. I offered a good selection of wallpaper for the group to choose from then they learnt how to fold their paper evenly until they successfully created a Blizzard Book.
It was delightful to see people's faces when they saw what they were about to make. At the beginning the apprehension, when confronted by such a long strip of paper to the end when they have a completed book in their hands.
All this was rounded up with a lovely cuppa, which Carole rustled up in her beautiful collection of vintage cups and saucers, then a plate of biscuits was shared along with lively conversation.
Next week the group will be learning some basic printmaking with Carole. If you would like to view more photographs from the day please visit our Flickr page here.