Sunday, 13 September 2009

Drawing in museums

p's and q's have two forthcoming books that are inspired by drawing in museums.

As Sparksartists we collected awards at the British Museum (mainly pencils) from the Campaign for Drawing for our public event for The Big Draw at Thame Museum.

The following publications have been informed by objects discovered in museums.

Recovered; A Storm of Stars is the first of three volumes about hats and emancipation in 1912. I focused on hats and also on the hat cabinet because the structure helped define the curves of hat shapes. A fete poster from 1912 featured a hat trimming competition, its typography was as eloquent as the hats on display, with every slight curve conveying a different meaning.

A few years ago I published Sample Book and Vindication, artist's books inspired by drawing samplers in the museum at Woodstock in Oxfordshire. I linked them to imagery from 'A Vindication of the Rights of Woman' by Mary Wollstonecraft.