Doodlers of the World Unite!

This TED Talk is excellent, it explains how the seemingly frivolous activity of doodling is in fact an extremely creative, intuitive and analytical process which helps cement learning, aid problem solving and enhance focus.

Doodling is one of my favourite activities, I can still visualise pages of notes from lectures at university, and also the content of the class, from 10 years ago because I drew during them.

Doodling, also known as Expandism for want of a fancy term, is about starting somewhere and seeing where you might go by enjoying the journey. I, for one, am often disgruntled at having to arrive at a destination because I like the time out that being in transit provides. I feel that like focussed daydreaming, doodling opens my mind and makes it flexible, open to play and suggestion, it’s not made up, it’s curious. And curiosity is extremely important in solving problems, creating new things, letting go of stress.

Because if we’re curious, we’ve not yet made up ou minds and who knows what we might discover?

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Make Bright at Crawley Festival (with free download)

At the end of last month I did my 5th year at Crawley Festival Mainstage in a row. I did my first one when I was still very new to Community Art and I remember being really unsure and very shy with people coming to participate.

Things are very different now I have more experience and I really look forward to running workshops. So at this year’s Mainstage Event in the Memorial Gardens the theme was ‘Food’ as Food Rocks was hosting a fresh produce market. I’d been getting some of my regular class attendees to study natural forms so I went with fruit and veg and encouraged participants to create a big collaborative drawing inspired by fruit, veg and natural forms. It was a really relaxed and creative activity with some excellent drawings there some interesting takes on fruit and veg, including some Power Rangers which just made the whole all the more eclectic and wonderful.

The aim afterwards was to create digital wallpapers for people to download and use on their Desktops, Tablets and Phones. From the drawings I made composite patterns and pulled them together (see gallery below). Make Bright Crawley Festival Art Workshop Wallpapers

From this...

From these drawings –

To this!

To these wallpapers.

Make Bright Crawley Festival Art Workshop Wallpapers

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