This past weekend on Sunday 30 September, Seymourpowell took part in the Big Draw, Big Make at London’s famous V&A museum, a day of talks and demonstrations by some of the UK’s top designers as part of The Big Draw 2012.
The annual Big Draw is a festival of over 1000 events taking place across the UK and in 20 other countries throughout October. It is part of the wider ‘Campaign for Drawing‘ which is led by the Guild of St George, and aims to promote drawing through a number of drawing events and education programmes.
Ghost in the machine
As part of the day’s events, Seymourpowell co-founder and design director, Richard Seymour, enlightened a packed audience in the Lydia & Manfred Gorvy Lecture Theatre about the importance of drawing.
In a session entitled ‘Ghost in the machine’, Richard asserted that even with the assistance of mind boggling technology and its creation of images, nothing beats the power of the pencil. The audience watched Richard drawing live while he explained drawing’s critical role in the practice of design.
Other designers participating in the day included Sir Nicholas Grimshaw, illustrator Quentin Blake and cartoonist Gerald Scarfe.
On the same day, as part of the Campaign for Drawing, Seymourpowell also held the workshop, ‘Design a Fountain’, in the V&A’s spectacular Renaissance Gallery. Surrounded by inspirational sculptures and beautiful fountains from across the ages, members of the public were encouraged to think creatively and draw their own design ideas for a fountain of the future. Some of the designs developed on the day can be seen throughout this post.
The Campaign for Drawing has one aim: to get everyone drawing. The annual event emphasises that drawing is a powerful tool for learning and a valuable skill for life.
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