Tuesday, 31 May 2011


The camera evens up the scale of things. Here the drawings are on cigarette paper (Jessica Convery) and on large fabriano paper (Liz Tolan). Only a step back, revealing the studio, begins to show the scale difference.

This may be important when showing work - the drawings' scale, and context may change without an indicator, a measure

Monday, 23 May 2011

drawdrawdraw on pinterest

Enid, the Communications Manager at the visual blog pinterest.com got in touch recently. I'd been using pinterest for a few months: to pick up on image links for this blog; for twitter visuals; for work; for storage and research.
The 'clean' interface, ease of use, and friendly community it attracts, have made it a pleasure to be part of.
I was delighted when Enid emailed me with:

I'm Enid from Pinterest, waving hello to the UK and wondering if you'd like to be featured on our blog! We're starting a series to highlight more of our amazing community members called "My Last 5 Pins."

Just send me the 5 links to your favorite pins and your descriptions (or even your actual 5 most recent pins) and describe why you pinned it or why the pin represents your taste. Also send me a short bio about what you do professionally, where you live, interests, etc. I'll let you know when I post it to our blog; I think our readers would love to get a small window into who you are and check out your blog!

I did. The blog feature appeared today:

Depending on who you follow, you can get an entirely different experience on Pinterest each day. Sometimes scrolling makes me feel like I'm in an art museum, other times, a dream-home. No matter what, I'm learning something new thanks to someone I've never met in person. Pretty cool. But one day, I decided I had to know more about the endlessly inspiring pins of "drawdrawdraw" and asked for some insight into how she uses Pinterest. The full story definitely didn't disappoint and neither did the link to her own art blog.

Helen: I'm an Art Lecturer (specialising in BA honors Drawing) at Bradford School of Arts & Media, based in the north of England. This collection of images helps me do my job; it helps me to see others' ideas and innovations within art & design; it means I can post my work & others' work and have a direct link with students whenever I / they please.
My 'taste' is limited to 9 boards (so they fit on most computer screens at one go), and were initially put in place to share any drawing based research I found online. Other board categories were added because I couldn't resist saving what I found here, and there, and everywhere.
Apart from drawing, my other main interest is photography - composition, the ordinary, the overlooked made note of. 
A selection from my boards:
1. Chicken in a bucket, 1944. The early drawings of Lucian Freud remain a favourite with me - slight distortion of form, sure and true line, great compositions.
2. Drawing top by Thomas Forsyth. Anyone can draw with the right kit. These wooden tops made by Tom Forsyth are a joy to play with - beautifully balanced, choreographed mark-makers.
3. In ordinary places. Walking around my drawing studio and an easel's shadow makes its own drawing - grey on grey.
4. Found drawingsI found many of these chalk figures around Krakow, Poland. They felt like lost souls from past conflicts eerily present.
5. Monur opening by Monja Gentschow. The immediacy of saving others' ideas on Pinterest is a continual source of research / inspiration. This image helped me make a final decision for my own exhibition in January 2011.

Link to original pinterest (on tumblr) blog posting here

Enid's pinterest images here
Pinterest on twitter

more studio details

studio findings / details

Thursday, 19 May 2011

in-store wall drawings

Out shopping I saw these giant drawings on the shop wall. The escalators in the last photo give a sense of scale ....

Friday, 13 May 2011

Breakfast invite - Yu-Chen Wang - Chinese Arts Centre, Manchester

Artist Yu-Chen Wang has been developing work over 3 months during her residency at the Chinese Arts Centre in Manchester. Working across the mediums of video, drawing and installation Yu-Chen has been looking into Manchester's industrial past; the history, architecture, machinery, and stories, also responding directly to her residency space. 

As part of that residency she played host to 3 breakfast sessions. I was kindly invited to one of them. We sat, ate, and talked about our various art practices; all the while surrounded by Yu-Chen's intricate drawings:

photo: c/o Chinese Arts Centre

Yu-Chen Wang will be showcasing the work she has been developing throughout her 3 months at the Chinese Arts Centre between 11-14 May, with a special evening on 12 May 5.30-7.30pm.
See the artist's residency blog here