Arts + Wellbeing
Blog post from Katie – a member of the Creative Steps ‘Time Out’ group:
Hi, my name’s Katie and I attend Plantation Production’s Monday morning Time Out project.
I have mental health issues, mainly depression and anxiety. Before joining the project I would isolate myself, but the group has helped me make friends with like minded people.
Very often I would feel empty and didn’t know how to fill my time. My CPN, Maureen would often suggest I try a hobby and on one occasion suggested book folding. I’d never heard of it before so she showed me pictures (courtesy of Google).
I went home, did some research and now I’m hooked. I watched YouTube videos and searched for Facebook groups. I joined a group ‘Don’t Judge A Book By The Cover’.
The owner Michelle has uploaded some patterns and so I tried my first book fold, a simple heart.
I also found a website that has free patterns to download ‘http://foldedbookart.co.uk/’. They also have a Facebook page and, for a small fee to join, gives you access to a pattern maker.
If I have any questions or are looking for advice, both Facebook group’s members are available to help. Or there are many YouTube videos to watch.
So now I’m able to create my own book folds and enjoy making customised ‘thank you’ gifts for friends, family and more recently Plantation Productions.
Book folding has helped my concentration and confidence. It’s a cheap hobby, all you need is a pencil, ruler and scissors. I buy the books from Charity shops so they benefit too.
By Hayley Gardiner