Cambridge Open Studios 2021 | Emma Louise Pratt

Cambridge Open Studios 2021

Between November 2020 and March 2021, I wrote/drew a sort of online journal/webcomic. I did it for myself but shared it with some friends as I made it. It was, simply, a thing to do and focus on during the dark days of the UK winter lockdown and it is by no means a polished piece.

The storyline was a rewriting of some letters I had written that contained a thought: our connection to others, the obvious ties, and then the invisible ties that we don’t know that we have, and the connections we feel for people we have never met, or who even exist in another time frame and space.

They were written to someone I have come to think of as “Little Bird”. She is real, and not. She is my neighbour, my own young self, my own daughters…. or a young migrant child of 100 years ago… 150 years ago…or a child in a war….a displaced child…or a child curled up in a ball, crying to me that she will have to deal with the pandemic forever.

I want to thank my long-suffering neighbours who kindly put up with my unusualness. I know, 나는 이상한 아줌마! ;-). Being slightly “unusual” is a fact of life when you live far from your home and do not have anyone from your community or culture around you. The world where you live defines you according to their norms and you have little control over that. However, I know of many loved ones at home, living and not living, who would not see me as unusual at all. They would say, pai ana, you just be you, eh? Stay true to the kaupapa. Kei te pai. We walk with each other in spirit and I hope I honour them.

The installation of drawings and my unfinished/rough draft webcomic is a meander through historical events that have touched me personally, and the experience of someone connected to me, who lived over 100 years ago. The letters were like the first draft of an idea. Then the web-based “comic” became a sort of second rough draft. This installation of small drawings is yet another iteration.


Every weekend of July 2021…unless otherwise stated.


Installation of ink on paper work based from the webcomic. Other drawings on paper and paintings on canvas to view

Workshop area – I will be there painting, come join me and try painting with black ink! Kids more than welcome, just don’t wear your best clothes. I will have some alternative drawing media to black ink for the younger ones!


94a Regent Street, Cambridge, CB2 1DP. Ring the doorbell “Frameworks Education Group”. Up first flight of stairs. Apologies for the lack of wheelchair and buggy access. 🙁


Webcomic in process- >

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