Sunday 20 September 2015

A Small Library of Big Ideas - Transported - Open Book - The Eloquent Fold - Session Three

The Eloquent Fold were delighted to be back in Boston Library for the third of four sessions making books for Open Book project for transported - A Small Library of Big Ideas.

Phiona Richards had prepared a sheet to help participants structure their book pages and explain their Great Idea, whilst I did lots of enthusiastic talking, gesturing and encouraging. We shared out the pages made so far and looked at the prints made in the last session, to see how to trim them and include them in the books.

There was an air of quite concentration as people began to breathe life and energy into their ideas. Having time to learn how to make the book, prints and create pages and plan out an idea or series of ideas has been really good and we have loved seeing our regular participants each week. 

There were conversations, connections and friendships being formed as ideas were shared. Giving ideas a chance to brew up and percolate through has meant that people have time to think, dream, plan in the hopes of future making and doing in the area. 

Here is Phiona deep in conversation, exploring ideas for possible Graffiti project. If you have an idea that might fill a page or a whole book please come and join us in Boston Library on Tuesday 22nd September. Our next set of four workshops will be in Long Sutton Library commencing October 6th 10am - 1.00pm. They are free, friendly and fun so do please come along!

Amanda made an intriguing book which you can view here

and we can't wait to read the Steam Punk Festival 
book when it is finished next week!

Transported and the Eloquent Fold would also like to invite all artists from the Lincolnshire area to contribute business cards for our project, 'A Small Library of Big Ideas'. 

The project consists of twelve free workshops divided between the libraries of Boston, Long Sutton and Spalding, which are taking place from August to November 2015. The sessions allow participants to create two books: one to leave in the library, and one to take away. Participants use bookmaking and printing skills to explore and realise their big ideas, which could range from things that they might like to change in their area to projects that they would like to make happen.

The Eloquent Fold, would like the books left in the library to provide a networking resource for the local area, allowing users to learn from one another's ideas, be able to access 'how to instructions' for simple craft activities, and to learn where they can find out about local artists. For the latter books, Phiona and Carole thought it would be useful to promote local artists through their business cards, which could be left in pockets sewn onto the pages. 

If you would be interested in being included in the artist networking books, please send about twelve business cards (which would leave four for each library) to Grace Osbourne, Transported, Holbeach St Marks Community Association Building, Sluice Road, Holbeach St Marks, Spalding, Lincolnshire, PE12 8HF before 31st October 2015. A Small Library of Big Ideas is part of  Transported - Open Book - Creative People and Places

Transported is a strategic, community-focused programme which aims to get more people in Boston Borough and South Holland enjoying and participating in arts activities.  It is overseen by a Management Group, a sub-committee of Leisure in the Community, with artsNK as its lead organisation.  It is funded by the Creative People and Places fund from Arts Council England.

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