Well it's been an eventful year so far - quite literally!
As well as hosting some awesome sketching events, I've (just about) managed to lead the email campaign for one of the biggest national fundraising events of the year, Sport Relief 2018!
It's been a pretty challenging few months, but good things come if you WORK YOUR ASS OFF - and I'm so excited about the projects I've got coming up in the next few months!
I'm also super-excited about my events schedule and working with some new venues and people, including the lovely Andrea and Martina @ 1n1 Fashion Pizza in Shoreditch!
The Social Sketchup Spring Special
Wednesday 21st March @ The Doodle Bar
Easter Sunday @ Drink Shop & Do
The Fashion Sketchup
Thursday 19th April @ Fossgate Social
I'm teaming up with my fabulous friend Kayti Peschke of Caboodle Magazine to run a stylish sketch sesh for York Fashion Week! It's in York, obv, so one for our fellow Yorkshire lasses! :)
I'm heading to the Ideal Home Show (random!) to run some Interiors-themed Social Sketchups on behalf of the team at Obby!
I'll be running FREE 45 minute sessions 3-345pm on Saturday 24th, Sunday 25th, Saturday 31st and Monday 2nd April. Should you be heading there please drop by and say hello!
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Now, back to the story so far...
I'm not one to brag, but the events/workshops I've delivered so far this year have been pretty sweet!
I've met and been inspired by some wonderful people who have come together to enjoy some creative fun time: people from wide range of professions, countries, backgrounds and walks of life.
I've met designers and artists, as you'd expect, but I've also met lawyers, publishers, bankers, trainee accountants and, most recently, a super-talented foster mum who produced the most amazing artwork - despite insisting that she "can't draw a thing"!
I've met people from Japan, China and Chile - Dulwich, Dalston and Leeds; all connecting through creativity, even when language barriers were an issue!
Sometimes (most of the time), I can't help myself but turn into a proud Primary School teacher/mum when I'm running my workshops: it means to much to see everyone in their creative element and walk away feeling all buzzy and proud of what they've achieved!
Here's just a snapshot of some of the awesomeness:
The Social Sketchup: Rainbow Special - 31st Jan
What better way to celebrate the end of dry January than with a sketchfest in colourful company! My personal highlight was definitely the 'Re-brand Rainbow Drops' challenge -which produced this piece of UTTER MAGIC!!
Sketchy Bitches: Episodes 1 & 2
Back in January, after a vote of confidence from my favourite Facebook group (In Colourful Company), I launched Sketchy Bitches: a meetup group for creative women who love to draw draw draw!
As much as I love running The Social Sketchup and my other events, there's a lot of pressure and expectation: so it's a real treat to kick back and get stuck into the creative action!
It's been so much fun to organise and is proving really popular - I can't believe there are already over 400 Sketchy Bitches! I'm now busy planning a full day Sketchy BItches Sketchathon in May... watch this space!
The next Sketchy Bitches meetup is on Sunday 29th April: spaces are limited so book your tickets and get your name on the list!
Sketchmating at Dulwich Picture Gallery
The Social Sketchup began as a sketchdating night, so I was beside myself with excitement when Jenna at Dulwich Picture Gallery got in touch to see if I'd be up for running a workshop at their love-themed Gallery Late!
I anticipated a creative crowd, but this lot were something else! I was so impressed, not only by the work they produced, but by their eagerness to get stuck in and let their imagination run wild! Perhaps the proximity of the cocktail bar had something to do with it.. but still - great to see such creative confidence in the room!
Sunday Sketchup @ Great Art
I was in proper 'kid in candy store' mode last Sunday, when I took over a corner of Great Art in Shoreditch to stage an all-day drop-in Sketchup!
I'd set two silly art challenges for the day, which people took to with gusto:
- Design a cover for the Spring issue of Sketch Appeal magazine (to win £50 worth of Great Art vouchers!)
- Draw 50 faces in 15 minutes
Meanwhile, I'd planned to draw 500 faces over the course of the afternoon: but I soon sacked that off and spent 5 hours chatting and watching the amazing creativity in action!
I was blown away by all the competition entries, but after careful consideration I chose Sharon's! Sharon reckons she "can't draw", but after a bit of persuasion she got stuck in and produced this gem! She didn't strictly follow the brief (to design a Spring-themed mag cover), but I love a rebel and for someone who can't draw she's got a pretty striking style.
Congratulations Sharon: you've won £50 worth of vouchers to spend at Great Art! :)
Thank you to all the rest who came and shared your creativity with me - and thanks to Louise @ Great Art for letting me loose upon the store!