June 22nd, 2015
My friend Christina Norberg co-hosted a Vancouver Draw Down event with me on Saturday at The Leeway. We had the terrific support of Lauren and Jacqueline, two of the technicians from Emily Carr Continuing Studies. They set up all the lovely grey drawing paper across the tables, and provided us with drawing tools of all sorts.
The largest collaborative drawing was about 14.5 feet long, with a few of the other tables set up for people to work on as well. There were about forty people who dropped in throughout the day, and many of them stayed with us for half an hour or more.
The idea was to work with mark making with a focus on simple shapes and lines. Christina and I made sure to work on the drawing all day long to make it into a cohesive piece. We also greeted and guided people into the space when they seemed hesitant.
I was drawing almost the entire four hours we ran the activity, which is probably the longest time I’ve spent drawing in one sitting. The finished collaborative work is pretty wonderful, and I’m hoping we can come up with a place to show and share it with more people.
June 8th, 2015
I visited Centre A gallery to see their latest show, We Are Woven Through with Strangers and Strangeness, featuring work by Richard Heikkilä-Sawan, Deborah Kisiel, Bianca Lee, Ceri Richards, and Risa Yokoi. This is a group show of installation work by emerging artists recently graduated from Emily Carr University and UBC.
I am very inspired by the work in this show, especially the three installations featured here (there are actually five).
Wall-mounted ceramic text piece by Deborah Kisiel.
Interactive installation of thread by Risa Yokoi.
An organically sprawling soft sculpture by Ceri Richards.
We Are Woven Through with Strangers and Strangeness continues at Centre A gallery until July 4th, 2015.
May 25th, 2015
As part of the outreach activities during my residency at The Leeway I’m hosting a Vancouver Draw Down event called, Drawing Together. I’ve also brought in Creative Mornings Vancouver as a partner with Emily Carr University of Art and Design to help present and promote the event.
I will be facilitating the activity in collaboration with Christina Norberg. Together we will create a single large scale drawing along with workshop participants, using simple drawing techniques accessible to all skill levels. I really want to reach those people who think they can’t draw because this is exactly the story I told myself for the longest time.
The full description of Drawing Together can be read here. The activity is also free and open to everyone.
Drawing Together with Creative Mornings Vancouver & Emily Carr University
Date: Saturday June 20th
Time: 10am to 2pm
The Leeway at Emily Carr University of Art + Design
1399 Johnston Street, Granville Island
Room 276, North Building