Create to Connect

Create to Connect, Day 2 – Mundane Memoirs

Today’s Challenge is set by It’s Not Your Birthday But…,champions of the lost art of letter writing, who connect people through letters, words and visual arts. They work in community settings such as schools, prisons, care homes hospices and hospitals to encourage people to explore their own creativity, challenge assumptions that may be made about them and to share what’s important or helpful to them.

Capture your lockdown experience in your own Mundane Memoir. Find a piece of paper that is approximately 10cm by 10cm and draw or write something that reflects a task or activity you’ve undertaken during lockdown. These small squares of moments, tasks and activities created by thousands of people will come together to create a lockdown landscape. You might want to draw, colour, paint, sew, write or collage. Anything goes!

Share your Mundane Memoir with us, so we can piece them together to create a mass artwork. Take a photo of your paper and share with INYBB online or by email, or post your work to us at:
INYBB, The Old Bank House, 26 Station Approach, Hinchley Wood, Surrey KT10 0SR

Reading, eating and puzzles! Artwork by Nicole Cowan who works with INYBB.
What tasks and activities have you been doing in lockdown?

Today’s challenge is inspired by INYBB’s Lost Letters project with Surrey History Centre. Looking at their archives, we can see how the mundane provides comfort and routine when there is fear and uncertainty around us. This letter is from a mother to a son at war in Europe in February 1941 –
“Some food is very short, like oranges & lemons & eggs & cheese, 2oz per head at Sainsburys but do we mind, NO, not if we can possibly win through.”

If you have more time … 
What’s the first thing you’ll do once lockdown is lifted? Could you repeat the exercise to capture the things you are looking forward to doing?

The small things come together to form the big picture! What have you been reflecting on, or had time to notice in the lockdown period?

Share your work in a way that works for you – online or offline. You could join our friendly Facebook group, keep a journal, share in a WhatsApp group, with your friends and family, or on social media. The choice is yours.

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