Press Release: September 23, 2020
‘Christine Nicholls of Inkpot & Pen started her intriguing daily journals on 28 March.
These lively pages are full of interest, showing a most engaging collection of images and reflections with finely lettered comments about everyday life during the Covid-19 period.’
John Vernon Lord
From 28th March to 25th August 2020, artist Christine Nicholls sat down every day in her garden shed in North London, and documented in pen and ink drawings her life through lockdown, weaving her thoughts and words through the illustrations and pages.
Her beautifully detailed daily illustrations about everyday life, recording the the ups and downs, mishaps and small triumphs, soon found a ready audience on Instagram and Twitter.
Christine’s daily posts soon became an inspiration for her followers, as her illustrations brought to life what many were experiencing in these challenging times: How much was changing, and yet how little changed; how days flew past, while time seemed to stand still.
When the artist finished her diary after 151 days, she had spent an average of three hours each day – the equivalent of three months; seven hours a day, five days a week.
Inspired by suggestions from her ever-growing audience, Christine wanted to publish the diary in a form that would be more than social media posts disappearing into the ether. Her aim was for her diary to become part of a longer lasting social history.
On 17th September she started a crowdfunding campaign to raise the funds to publish her illustrated diary. Within twelve hours she’d reached half her target goal of £8,500, with pledges from as far afield as Australia, Brazil, Canada, Japan, USA and Europe, and of course many from the UK.
Her crowdfunding campaign can be followed and pledged for at: www.kickstarter.com/projects/inkpotandpen/the-diary-of-an-artist-in-lockdown
‘Your post is always the first one in my feed when I look in the morning. I love waking up to it – you must post late at night? I can’t help laughing out loud at your daily mishaps!
How you make the tiny details of your life so interesting and amusing is totally brilliant’.
‘Thank you for the laughter, your journal is a beautiful record of difficult times’.
‘I’ve loved it - it has been something to look forward to and always something gentle and cheering in very welcome contrast to the otherwise turbulent times we’ve lived through.’
‘This is so delightful, you're a modern day Pooh’.
About Christine Nicholls
Christine Nicholls is an artist working with illustration, hand lettering and printmaking.
Trained at St Martin’s School of Art and Brighton Polytechnic, with a BA degree in Fine Art (Printmaking), she worked in the design industry for many years – latterly in Graphic Design Business Management – until she became a fully self-employed artist in 2016.
Along with commissions and creating and selling her illustrated artist’s books, she has run workshops at Ditchling Museum and the Lettering Arts Trust in Snape Maltings.