Steve Wilkin is an old colleague of mine. His work is featured in my Freehand book. Travelling to his job via train, as an illustration lecturer - a journey demanding quite a commute, he decided to keep a daily sketchbook. Snoozing, lolling, dreaming early morning commuters are captured...
Having made 10 years of these journey drawings he decided to publish, and distribute a newspaper containing some of them...
'seventhirtyeight' is a newspaper that records Steve's sketchbook drawings. "I have been drawing whilst on my daily commute for ten years and decided to hold a travelling exhibition of my commuter drawings. I will distribute the paper to travellers and to people on campus at UCLAN where I teach illustration"
My book Freehand came out in early September. There seemed to be a flurry of activity in terms of magazine, newspaper and blog interviews (I'll say more about these in a later blog)...then all went quiet.
I think the real buzz for me, was proof that its publication was 'real' - spotting my book on sale in a favourite shop -Magma, Manchester. There it really was - more than a link on Amazon.
I couldn't resist whipping my phone out and grabbing a picture of it nestled against other books I admire. A happy moment.
The idea of what might constitute'found drawings'was further prompted by a visit toManchester's Chinese Arts CentreSeptember 2013 where theinstallation Crystal City 004 byTaiwanese artist Wu Chi-Tsung was exhibited. Comprised of a light slowly revolving on tracks in the centre of the space, the surrounding floor piled plastic objects were projected as larger shapes, transformed in to a shadow cityscape onto the gallery walls....
'There is another invisible world in which we live each and every day. It is made up of electronic equipment, programs, networks, media and information, and I call it "Crystal City."
....This is a place I consider my spiritual home.' - Wu Chi-Tsung
The exhibition included cyanotype landscape prints