Stories and Shadows

We have just finished a course in Felixstowe Library working with stories and inspired by the fabulous shadow boxes by American artist Joseph Cornell.

Joseph Cornell was a collector of things and a teller of stories.  As he wandered the streets of his native New York in his lunch hours he discovered a world of culture and collected books, prints, photographs and keepsakes.  He assembled images and found objects and contained them within wooden boxes of all shapes and sizes.  Each art work was a window into the powerful wanderlust of an extraordinary mind.

We scoured the library shelves for stories that drew us in and connected us to a piece of our own story.  We made books like concertinas that unravelled our thoughts and ideas. We made objects from brightly coloured clay and wrote poems.

These are the boxes we made.


From The Secret Garden by Lucy Kent


Impermanence by Colleen Hassen



Two boxes by W.A. inspired by embroidered slippers


Family memories by S.L.


Books and more books by Barbara


Through a Train Window by Myra

About Juliet Lockhart

Juliet Lockhart is an artist, educator and writer working predominately in fabric, paper and with found objects. She has a BA in Fine Art and an MA in Literature and Creative Writing. The focus of her work is story. She is interested in folk and fairy tales, the stories hidden beneath our landscape entwined with personal memory, history and happenings and the stories that shape us into who we are. She is the founder and artistic director of a Suffolk charity, Lockarts. Lockarts uses the power of the creative process to make a real difference to people’s lives in Suffolk; inspiring and empowering them to explore, develop and grow. To find out more about the work of the charity click here:
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