The Weekly Challenge

The Weekly Challenge, 24th August 2020 – A Stitch in Time

The saying “A stitch in time saves nine” is the inspiration behind this week’s challenge from Envisage Arts CIC, an art therapy service based in West Yorkshire. The saying suggests that working to solve a problem early on prevents bigger problems later on. What does that saying make you think about? Do you think problem solving is an act of creativity?

Envisage Arts are collecting responses to this challenge to form a community quilt that captures the stories of lockdown – and the creative ways in which we’ve worked our way through problems along the way…

What is a problem, issue or worry you have overcome throughout lockdown? Use this challenge to capture the ways you dealt with your problem, and reflect on how you used your creativity to help you. It could be something small, something big (or anything in between) – there is no right or wrong answer! You could use this challenge to give time to a problem you are still working through, reflect on the situation and see where some creative time takes you. 

Capture your story in a square. You could use any medium or material – you could sketch, write, annotate, sew, make…whatever helps you to express yourself. Your image doesn’t have to make sense to anybody else!

If you’d like, you could use this template sheet to work on, with the measurements of an 8 inch square. It’s up to you.  

Here are some examples from the Stitch in Time Community Quilt Facebook group. Use this challenge to capture your stories – your image doesn’t have to make sense to anybody else!
If you have more time … 
Invite somebody else to share a story from their lockdown experience with you. Are there any similarities in your stories? Can you recognise any moments where they have been creative in solving their problem?


How do you define your creativity? Do you recognise problem-solving as a creative act?
Contribute to the community quilt by emailing a photo of your completed design to Amy Wood at Envisage Arts here.

If you are interested in finding out more about the Stitch in Time community quilt project, please visit the project group on Facebook.

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