As far as Bernie Divola is concerned, lockdown has only meant more time for creating. Her work is peppering social media and certainly brings a smile to the face. This week we feature Bernie’s ‘lockdown’ period.
Bernie you’ve become so productive during this period of social restriction? What motivates your creativity?
I’m a non-stop maker and having more time to create has been a joy for me. I have had the headspace to formulate ideas and the time to follow them up.
What or whom inspires you?
Everything inspires me but I was taken by the idea of doing something that marked this period of quiet so I can one day look back on it.
I’ve been working on three separate projects……..
I have created an ‘Iso Wall’ in my house where I put little drawings and watercolours of bits and pieces of daily life.
I have been making a hexagon patchwork quilt where I have used materials from around my house. I have used old tablecloths, dresses, aprons, pillowcases and cushion covers to name a few things.
My other project has been very personal. I have made articulated paper puppets of my family and then made stop motion movies with them. I decided to do the same thing for my wonderful Year 12 students to help mark their final year of school.
A lot of your creativity in the past few years is based on people that you know. Can you explain the motivation for this?
All my projects are about connection. I really value community and have enjoyed drawing my friends and family as well as students, workmates and people in the Bellingen community. I like to think that it is a way of sharing love and a laugh.