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Notes from the Sketchbook

Hear from more of our Makers and Artists on our mentoring programme as part of this years Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival and the theme of “Normality." The makers & artists who began working together online in Autumn 2020 are sharing their insights into their challenges and journey so far; exploring creativity, wellbeing and connection during lockdown.

Katie Lowe

"I drew this ‘guppy’ in lockdown no. 3, out of pure determination. I hit a wall with all my creativity and scribbled with many coloured biros all over the page. I kept going, picking out shapes to fill and outline, with no set plan and no end goal. Eventually ‘scribble fish’ came swimming through.

I like this small fish in a big pond. Kind of like me in the arts. Kind of like me in Scotland. I moved a couple of months before the pandemic, so it’s been pretty lonely at times. That has changed in the past few months. I’ve spoken to people and made connections in unexpected ways.

If I’m struggling with anything, I make a point not to give up and just keep going. The result may not be what I thought, but it may be a nice surprise."

Caroline Borland

"I am a painter and mixed media artist, and during lockdown, I also taught myself how to make silver and copper jewellery.

I love being able to move from making free, gestural marks with paint and ink, to the technical precision needed in silver-smithing, and everything in between. These activities have been vital for my well-being over the past year of Covid and lockdowns."

“The difference between science and the arts is not that they are different sides of the same coin even, or even different parts of the same continuum, but rather, they are manifestations of the same thing. The arts and sciences are avatars of human creativity”. - Mae Jemison, Doctor, Engineer and first black woman to travel into space.

Rebecca Campbell

"This is the world we live in

And these are the hands we're given

Use them and let's start trying

To make it a place worth living in"

(from 'Land of Confusion' by Genesis, 1986)


"Once a man, like the sea I raged

Once a woman, like the earth I gave

But there is in fact more earth than sea"

(from 'The Cinema Show' by Genesis, 1973)




Karen Teal

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