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Necklace Of Stars

A Necklace of Stars was set up pre-Covid 19 to tackle isolation and loneliness in housebound older adults in Derbyshire. The original plan had been for individuals to receive one-to-one sessions in their own home with either embroidery artist Lois Blackburn or creative writer Philip Davenport.

Covid-19 happened and our approach had to change – A Necklace of Stars quickly became a remote embroidery and creative writing project where participants received weekly one to one phone calls from the artists, emails where required and parcels of all the materials they needed for the project sent through the post. The artists guided participants through the process of creating beautiful embroidered stars or creative writing over a period of 3-6 weeks. We worked with people in this way until summer 2021 and now all of the embroidered stars will be brought together to create a quilt which will be exhibited alongside the creative writing and a lullaby soundtrack around Derbyshire’s cultural venues in 2022.

Images and writing from the project so far can be found here:

This project hopes to increase confidence and wellbeing, reduce loneliness, forge connections and re-ignite creativity.

A Necklace of Stars is an Arts Council England supported collaboration between Arts Derbyshire, DCC Public Health, Derbyshire Library Services and artists Lois Blackburn, Philip Davenport and Matt Hill.

Fellow Necklace Of Stars member, Phil Davenport, wrote of his experience working on the project in the article Necklace Of Stars: On a day of sorrow – Making poems by phone during the pandemic‘. Click the link to read more about Phil’s poetry work via phone.


For more information, please get in touch:

Contact: Charlotte Mackie – Project Coordinator
Tel: 07395 904386

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