Lockdown Sketch Mind

Author(s): Fifi Colston

Essays & memoir

An illustrated diary of the Covid-19 lockdown thoughts and observations of award-winning Wellington author and illustrator Fifi Colston. Drawing and writing have always been Fifi Colston’s go-to places in good times and bad. With New Zealand in strict lockdown due to the Covid-19 pandemic, her work as a freelance artist – illustrating books, facilitating workshops and teaching art to school students – was put on hold indefinitely. Unable to make a living bringing other people’s words to life through her art, Fifi turned to her trusty sketchbook to tell her own story, day by day as the weeks unfolded. Posted online, her identifiable visual style and humorous captions drew a responsive audience trying to make sense of the uncertainty of a unique situation they had to rapidly accustom themselves to. In recognition of this, Fifi has left blank spaces in Lockdown Sketch Mind so readers can add their own experiences.


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Fifi Colston has a richly varied career as a writer, illustrator, poet, Wearable Art designer, film costumer, television presenter and occasional columnist. She has illustrated numerous books for trade and education and for many years she has presented arts and crafts programming, first on the children's television show What Now, and later on TVNZ's Good Morning show. Her second novel Janie Olive: a recipe for disaster! was a CLFNZ Junior Fiction Notable Book for 2006, as was her third, Glory, which was also an Esther Glen Award finalist in the 2010 LIANZA Book Awards. Colston's latest two costuming books for children, Wearable Wonders and Ghoulish Getups, were finalists in the New Zealand Post Book Awards for Children and Young Adults, with Wearable Wonders winning the 2014 Elsie Locke Medal for Non-Fiction. Colston previously served as a New Zealand Post Book Awards judge, convener of the Wellington Children's Book Association, and Wellington committee member for the Storylines Festival.

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  • : 9781988595252
  • : Cuba Press Limited, The
  • : Ahoy!
  • : books

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  • : Fifi Colston
  • : Fifi Colston