Hoping to awaken creativity
Central Southlanders are being encouraged to get into art this month with an innovative project being co-ordinated by the Southland District library.
The 31 Days South project encourages people to create something each day during the month of March and Southland District Libraries community services' librarian Raewyn Patton said it was all about creativity in the community.
"I'm hoping it's something people will start and want to continue - that it might stimulate something as people connect each day with their creative side."
On a grander scale, she was hoping the project might be the catalyst for an art group to be established in Winton.
"I want to give the town a little bit of a shake-up, to see if we can't get some kind of group going - they could even use a space at the library to meet," Ms Patton said.
She said she had encouraged people to make their creative task simple to fit it in each day.
Examples could include 31 small pieces of art, photos, or one larger piece that was worked on each day.
"There's a broad range of art that could be included, ranging from painting, sculpture, drawing, quilt blocks and knitting, to jewellery, poetry, origami or calligraphy.
"Pretty much anything we have books on, or internet access to at the Southland District Library."
Winton artist Helen Coulter was working on one piece which involved a collage of photos she took each day, along with a diary.
"I wanted to make something personal to me, so I look for the best part of each day for me.
"I'm loving it - it's evolving with each day."
The works would be on display at the library in April.
The Southland Times