In October, I’ll be exhibiting 100 Story Spheres at Cass Art in Kingston Upon Thames, UK. Story Spheres are a growing collection of hand drawn artworks, capturing real life moments in time. They are a circular shape from which the artist sketches a pattern or illustration that abstractly captures a narrative, experience or emotion from the real present life of the artist.
Many people I meet often respond to hearing my profession with the words “I cannot draw”, or “I’m not very artistic.” I’d like to challenge those beliefs and through drawing a Story Sphere one can realise the act of drawing a pattern is an art form, it is your creativity in action, driving you to create something from nothing. Everybody is creative.
This isn’t about colouring someone else’s illustration, or drawing something with a computer. Story Spheres are about taking a blank piece of paper and using your imagination to make something that is entirely unique, it is by you.
The October exhibition will take place during The Big Draw which has a wonderful theme this year titled: Every Drawing Tells A Story.
Dr Brené Brown, research professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work has spent the past decade studying vulnerability, courage, worthiness, and shame. Dr Brown advocates that our first step to embracing vulnerability (an access point for creativity) is by letting go of shame and owning our stories. “When we deny our stories, they define us. When we own our stories, we get to write a brave new ending,” she explains. (Watch Brene’s ground-breaking TED Talk The Power of Vulnerability). So what’s your life story? What’s happening in your life right this moment? How does it make you feel? Can you draw it?
How to Contribute
- Draw a circle in pencil, 95mm in diameter on a white piece of card or paper.
- Consider what’s going on in your life right now and how you are feeling. Mindfully draw patterns or shapes within your circle to capture and tell your story, using a 0.1mm black fine liner.
- Give the piece a title.
- Write a short description about your Story Sphere (50words max). Be authentic and honest.
- Scan and email a high resolution image to firstname.lastname@example.org. These must be at least 1mb in size. Please include your full name, gender, contact email, age, location and twitter handle, if you have one. Post to: 11 Shamley, Howard Road, Surbiton, KT5 8SD. Original artwork cannot be returned.
Entries which meet the above criteria will be included in a publication and on a postcard series, as part of the October exhibition. The best of entries will be exhibited at The Art Space above Cass Art in Kingston during the Story Spheres exhibition (dates and details coming soon). Eligibility
- Entries are encourage from all over the world and from any age or demographic. We ask entries to tell us their age so we can celebrate children’s, teenagers and adult showcases.
- Children (under 18 yrs) can use colour (pen or pencils). Adults (18 and over) are requested to use black ink only.
- Entries must be received by Friday 4th September 2015. Contributions can continue to be submitted online after this date using the hashtag #storyspheres.
The Big Draw The Big Draw is the world’s largest drawing festival. The 2015 Big Draw will take place 1 – 31 October. The theme is Every Drawing Tells A Story and SketchBetter will be presenting an online and offline exhibition of Story Spheres. Find out more at http://www.thebigdraw.org/ Tweet us at www.twitter.com/sketchbetter Email us at email@example.com