Lockdown Creativity


8 July 2020

How have you been getting creative during lockdown? We want to see what you've been making over the past few months: send us your photos via #DCAmakes.

 At DCA, we know that creativity and the arts play a vital role in helping to maintain health and wellbeing, so it’s been lovely to see the ways that our audiences have stayed creative during lockdown. We've really enjoyed seeing everyone's responses to our Monday Makes, Activity Sheets and Discovery Short of the Week. It's been great to see so many people downloading these activities and trying them at home.

 And we know that your creativity hasn’t stopped there, with people learning new hobbies and skills to pass the time during lockdown, parents and teachers coming up with inventive activities to help with home-schooling, and people taking part in online challenges like recreating famous artworks using household items.

 Now, we want to see what you've else been making and creating during lockdown. Have you learned a new skill like knitting or crochet, tried your hand at sewing face masks, perfected a new recipe, built a fort out of cushions, photographed your walks, or painted a rainbow in your window to cheer up the neightbourhood? If so, we'd love to see - share your creativity with us by sharing on social media using #DCAmakes or email It doesn’t matter how ambitious or simple your activities have been: we want to see, share and celebrate them.

Here's a look at what DCA staff have been making:

"During lockdown I have been making these colourful assemblages with recycled cardboard and gouache paints. They have helped to take my mind off things for a few hours and allowed me to enjoy playful making." - Lynne, Learning Coordinator


"I've been having fun trying some ridiculous makes using recycled cardboard and craft supplies that I've had for ages. I've made colourful headbands, a cake hat and a dolls house. The headware certainly helps to make video chats more interesting!" - Helen, Communications Coordinator


"Lockdown forced me to slow down, but at the same time it's given me the time to experiment with my making. I generally make something everyday, but having extra time allowed me to create the things I’d not had time for before, like this cauliflower cheese pie (which was delicious) and a new bag design that's been in my head for months!" - Jude, Learning Coordinator


"I've been knitting during lockdown - these are both things I’ve been making for friends who have babies on the way." - Jess, Depute Director/Head of External Relations


"I've been crocheting but haven't had the patience to follow a pattern in lockdown, but I've been making a blanket of repeating double-stitch in the evenings, which I find very relaxing. I bought a colour selection pack of yarn called 'Isle of Skye' online from Deramores – I love it! My daughter and I also made this dolls house from a big cardboard box. In retrospect, I wish I hadn't asked her how many windows we should cut out. (40!)" - Jenny, Communication Officer 

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