A couple of weeks ago I took part in an event for the Innovative Learning week #ILW2015 at the University of Edinburgh where I study.
I attended the City Stories event because it is always good to find things to look at and draw… my favourite thing to do! I think drawing helps a person to notice things more, critique, appreciate and remember them.
I teemed up with Daisy who is a medical student from Taiwan and was only studying in Edinburgh for a month. Daisy closed her eyes and dropped a pencil onto the map of Edinburgh city; it landed on Murrayfield. A couple of days later we met after work and took a beautifully sunny and blustery walk along the Water of Leith to Haymarket. Here is a picture:
After a few dead-ends, quaint bungalows and enquiries for direction we were in sight of our destination. Here’s what we saw:
We could see the stadium in the distance and, armed with chalk, we selected our colour of choice and started to make marks on the convenient timber canvas. I started to draw the yellow lines first, inspired by the stadium’s structure. Then Daisy used contrasting colours to make a pattern. We didn’t discuss it much and it only took five minutes but we felt happy about our pattern as our addition to the city story.
This is what we made:
It’s about two weeks since the project; I cycled past there the other day and the chalk had been washed away in the rain. I like the idea that the design was only in situ for the week of the project but the ideas that came from it and memories of the participants remain. I think that’s why I am not too precious about my work and favour cheap ways of printing and bookbinding: it is made to be read and then can be thrown away. The work’s temporality means it can be physically lost but live on in memory of the person/people that have seen it. With modern technology (cameras and wordpress!) it can always be documented as well, of course.
I wonder what people thought the chalk design was about.
Thanks to Daisy for a great adventure 🙂