This is my sheet for Lisa Currie’s Scribble Project Exhibition.
You can see this (and 140+ more) in real life at Melbourne City Library in Australia until June 28th.
Over 140 artists are involved in the exhibition, and we were all given the same blank ‘scribble sheet’ as a starting point. It’s amazing to see the different directions everyone took their sheet.
There’s a few pictures on Instagram here: #thescribbleproject
Lisa’s also put some photos of the opening night on Facebook.
You know when illustrators post a #WIP that’s a beautifully lit photo of a final piece with a pencil and organic homemade green juice in shot?
Well that is mostly bullshit.
This is what a real #WIP photo looks like.
Loads of screwed up pieces of paper with “fuck” written on them, and no final piece in sight.
I can finally show you this cover I did for Josh Sundquist’s new book We Should Hang Out Sometime!
I really enjoyed working on this project and a lot of ideas that I loved went unused. So I’ll post some of those soon too, it’s great to finally be able to share things you worked on forever ago.
Find out more about the book at: weshouldhangoutsometime.com
If you live in Melbourne, Australia you should definitely plan to go to The Scribble Project Exhibition, which has it’s big opening night on June 5th. The show has been organised by the wonderful Lisa Currie, whose new book Me, You, Us is out on June 3rd!
Over 140 artists were given the same “scribble sheet” as a starting point for this exhibition, and from what I’ve seen there has been some amazing work produced. I’ve done a sheet which isn’t all that amazing, but as soon as I’m allowed to I’ll post it here.
If you’re lucky enough to go make sure you tag your photos with #scribbleproject, so all of us who live on the other side of the world can check them out.
I finally watched Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry last night and I can’t stop thinking about it. For me he is everything an artist should be. He uses art to tell stories, ask questions, and speak up for people who struggle to be heard.
If you’ve been putting off watching Never Sorry, or hadn’t planned to, watch it right now. Even if you have no interest in Ai Weiwei’s art you will definitely be interested in (and inspired by) him as a person.
The world needs more Ai Weiweis.
Damien Noll is an artist originally from New Jersey, who now lives in the South of France, who I met in Texas. He uses a magnifying glass and the sun to burn his art into wood, and I loved his work as soon as I saw it.
I spent a few days with Damien and he always had a glass in his pocket ready to burn a tag into whatever wood he found on his travels. He’d often stop to burn a design into a log, a stump, or even a wooden pallet. The process is called “sun drawing” and it’s such a great (and enjoyable) form of natural graffiti. If you live in Austin, Texas you can see a bunch of sundrawn art in the wild by walking along the Shoal Creek Trail. If you don’t live in Austin, you can see it in this video.
I’ll post an image of my first attempt at sun drawing in a little while. I’ve even bought myself a magnifying glass so I can practise it now I’m back in England. But obviously the fact that I live in England means I’ll be lucky if I get to sun draw one letter by the end of this year. If you do live in a country that actually has sunshine you should really give this technique a try. But remember to wear sunglasses if you do, I didn’t and ended up with a huge orange spot in the middle of my field of vision for an hour afterwards.
See more of Damien’s work on Facebook: facebook.com/sundrawn
Damien is such an inspiring and interested person, so I’m sure he’d love to see your attempts at sun drawing. I think you’ll be able to share your efforts with him on Facebook, and if you Instagram them with the tag #sundrawnATX I’ll be able to see them too.