I have been having an amazing few weeks working with the GCIN mapping group. I have worked with them on a few workshops- looking at drawing landmarks, drawing out trails and bring all the information they had collectd toegther into a zine
"Together with Josie Vallely our mappers this week created a zine about Govan. Using drawings, stencils, transfers and text they created a booklet with places they'd recommend to people who are new to Govan. Get your own copy from the PI soon..."
This is the start of a longer project developing Zines with Lots of different people all over Glasgow, as part of Refugee week 2014. Watch this space for more info!
My masters project is based on finding ways of representing experiences of chronic illness in a visual way. This Illustration explores the frustrations people face in trying to access the support they need to manage their chronic conditions.
The last few months I have been working with Linda Mcleod, who runs the BreatheEasy group in Alloa. She is incredibly inspiring and a great advocate for political change to help people who have COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease). She highlighted to me how people with COPD can find it particularly hard to receive the support they need as their condition is somewhat 'invisible'. This illustration explores the element of chance that seems to be inherent in the assessment of cases from bodies like ATOS, as well as the endless cycle of phone calls and paperwork which people have to wade through in order to access support. Sufferers of chronic conditions can feel like then are constantly have to 'prove themselves' to receive even the most basic help.
More information about the challenges people face in accessing DLA can be found here.
I have just started a new course as part of my Masters programme which is called 'mapping the city'. Our first assignment was to create a map of ourselves. Something I have always loved doing is creating books from scraps- so I painted freely on some large papers and then cut them up to create this book. I experimented with binding after chatting to the lovely Rachel Anna Cocker about the wonders of exposed spines. Take a look!
Celebrated in style with a special lantern making workshop with tots! And there is nothing like the added danger of fire to spice up a craft activity...
I had a fantastic weekend visiting Judith of Bountiful Buckhaven! A Growing Space and community project based in Fife, run by CLEAR, the project has established a 120 tree orchard, community plots, polytunnel and a lovely wildlife garden.
Judith got in touch with me late last year and we are working together on some really exciting commissions. The first will be a map of the community orchards in and around Buckhaven. We went on a wander to visit some of them, mapping them out as we went.
After some on site sketching and some planning, we had coffee in her great new office and thought about how we can apply my design work to the project. I will be working on mapping, jam labels (they have great community jam making days with all their delicious produce!) and some notice boards to let people know about the wildlife in the area.
It is such a pleasure to be working with this great project!
Really fun commission from Ideal Mexico, a new Edinburgh based night for performance, improvisation, music and poetry in interesting spaces around the city, featuring exciting touring acts and a DIY ethos.
For their first event they are bringing Richard Dawson to legendary sepia folk pub The Waverley, with support from acclaimed poet JDA Winslow and extra unannounced performances early on.
Very Limited Tickets, buy in advance to avoid dissapointment: http://www.wegottickets.com/event/255179...See More
I have never spent much time developing a character in my illustrations, so as we move towards the new year i thought i would try something new! I am developing a character who will be used in a narrative exploring the experiences of living with COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder). A number of people have taken part in this project so far- and some have sent me incredible writings about their experiences- which i will help me to develop the narrative.
While i did this I listened to a podcast by Chris Oatley, a Disney character designer, and Will Terry, which was interesting and quite inspiring really! have a listen here.