Last Sunday was time for the annual Art Car Bootique at Chapter Arts Centre, organised by Something Creatives. Chapter Gallery commissioned me to do a stall and work with the idea of ‘Guilty Pleasures’ which I turned into an offer for people to come and confess a guilty pleasure for me to draw.
It was interesting for sure – most people wrote theirs down and hid it in an envelope for me to draw later, but a few brave souls sat down and in confidence and spoke out loud about their guilty pleasures. There were lighthearted ones and darker ones:
- Eating biscuits in bed
- Playing Football Manager
- Peeling skin off your legs and feet
- Mad baking often at night and drunk
- Star Trek (“this is how the world should be”)
- Star Trek vol. 2: Captain Picard’s lines (“Make it so”)
- Enjoying traumatic and violent nightmares
- Randy Savage (!)
Even when the weather turned bad for a while people still kept coming… and I got busier and busier…
In the end I had to stop receiving confessions and just stick to drawing them. Some people collected theirs on their way home but others will be posted to their correct owners in the next week or so.
There is a special magic about providing a space to interact and have a conversation with someone you don’t know very well – sometimes it helps people express opinions and thoughts they couldn’t say out loud in front of family, friends or colleagues. This type of participatory work is something I have done with the Come To Your Senses project and Mearcstapa collective – more details about that soon too. In the meantime do get in touch if you have ideas for a participatory project with visual facilitation or just to say hi.
It’s great that I can finally share the illustration I did for the Pointe Blank Swan Lake exhibition which opened last night at the Milkwood Gallery in Cardiff. I’m quite happy with it considering I did the whole thing in one day (and got a slight cramp in my drawing arm). It was great to see how all the illustrators responded to the plot of the ballet, the only guidelines being that we had to include the name of the ballet and the name or logo of the Birmingham Royal Ballet. Read more…
Just a little snapshot of work in progress illustration of my Swan Lake piece for the upcoming Pointe Blank exhibition. I have really enjoyed working on this one as I have been working with a Pentel brush pen that has a lush delicacy to it and also introduces lovely line quality. The exhibition opens at the Milkwood Gallery on Monday 01 October with a private view from 6pm do pop along to see artworks from a load of artists, designers and illustrators.
Auralab has been commissioned to take part in a forthcoming illustration exhibition by Pointe Blank responding to the plot of the famous ballet Swan Lake.
Pointe Blank is curated by Claire Hartley in collaboration with the Birmingham Royal Ballet, with the idea of creating:
Collections of original images inspired by the plots of major narrative works in the repertory of Birmingham Royal Ballet, and created by professional designers in and around the UK.
Past year’s productions have included Coppelia and Hobson’s Choice. This year’s Swan Lake has certainly given me lots of ideas to work with but there’s one that has taken shape and is in the works for the final piece.
The images will be displayed at an exhibition running between 01-08 October at the Milkwood Gallery in Roath, Cardiff. There will be a private view on Monday 01 October from 6pm to 9pm so come along to check out the work and have a chat. You can find the Milkwood Gallery on Google Maps here.
For more information about Pointe Blank, visit their website.
Hope to see you at the opening!
I am delighted to talk briefly about a recent project I have been working on: visualising ‘Tales of the Trickster’ research project funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC). The project’s curator Bambo Soyinka approached me after she saw my TedxCardiff sketchnotes online and asked me to help her visualise the outcomes of workshops and the research process. The workshops involved writers and performers exploring questions such as ‘What is the role of the Trickster in storytelling and contemporary society?’ and ‘Using the Trickster as a tool for storytelling across cultural and creative traditions’. Read more…
Next week I will be taking part in a workshop providing a space for mental health service users to discuss their thoughts on stigma. The event is organised by artist Julia Thomas whose exhibition ‘Aletheia: In Unconcealment‘ is on at the Arcade Cardiff empty shop gallery space in Queens Arcade, Cardiff.
My role will be to illustrate a graphic recording of the discussion as it unfolds and provide the participants a visual reference point. I’m looking forward to it as I have wanted to see how people from so called vulnerable groups perceive visual facilitation and tools – I will post more about the process afterwards.
I recently attended a women’s networking event called Inspiration Innovation at The Drift Bar in London. My long time collaborator Emily Wilkinson from Mindful Maps gave a talk on creativity at work based on answers from 50 women and I made some quick sketchnotes of the key points. The three tips for creativity at work were: inviting flow into your process and workplace; embracing the process and finally deciding to be creative just like we decide to do other things in our lives.
For details of the sketchnotes, please check out more photos on Flickr…
It has been a busy few weeks with sketchnotes for me, lots of interesting talks to learn from. I haven’t been to the previous TedxCardiff talks so I was pretty excited to get a ticket to this year’s event – especially as the tickets sold out in 19 minutes.
The whole event was very enjoyable. The talks were perfect in length, there were enough breaks (especially important when you are doing sketchnotes so that both the brain and hand get a break) and I managed to catch up with some lovely people I know. Read more…
I paid a visit to the monthly Philosophy Café held at the Gate Arts Centre in Cardiff and this time the theme for conversation was scientific knowledge. Before the discussion took place were introduced to different ideas of knowledge by John Jackson and I captured the start of his talk with sketchnotes. Enjoy!
If you would like to know more about the session, visit this blog post summarising the talk and discussion form the night.