Each Circle has between 3 and 9 drawers, who each draw in a sketchbook or on loose sheets for an agreed number of weeks, and then send the drawings on to the next member of their Circle. The books then circulate among the members, using drawing as a visual form of conversation.
The books are physical, sent by snail or air mail, or by hand if a local Circle.
Circles are global, national and local.
In summary the process is:
1) Confirm your membership of the Circle by paying the £12 joining fee and sending your postal address to email@example.com
2) Communicate with your Circle to agree a time frame for send ons.
2) Start Drawing.
3) On a date agreed by your Circle send the book on to the next person.
4) On an agreed date the Circle ends. Or doesn’t – several are ongoing now. See how it goes…
When possible everyone meets up (physically or virtually) to review all the books together. We recently held an international meet up at the Thinking through Drawing symposium November 6-8th 2015 in London, to look at and review the books to date, and to create an archive of 2015 books.
Sign up here, once you have read the info below. Please do be sure that you can commit to sending drawings on to the next person at the end of the month.
This is a £12 joining fee, to cover admin costs.
Please also let us know where you are from, and whether you prefer a local, national or global Circle.
How it works:
Sign up here.
You will be put in a Circle, sent the names of the members, and will be given a blog page for your Circle’s images.
Acquire a sketchbook or loose paper in a folder, write your name and the date on, or in, the front, and start drawing. Do bear in mind postage costs, so either choose a light-ish book, or send loose sheets – the next person can add to these and send on.
Send your postal address to me at firstname.lastname@example.org
I will send you the postal address of who to send your drawings on to and send your address to the person in your Circle who will send their drawings on to you. You will always send the book to the same person, so that the books move clockwise around the Circle.
Communication is key!
Communicate with your Circle by e mail to agree your send on timeframe – Global Circles find 1 month too short, so often agree to send on after 6 weeks or 2 months. This is up to you to agree on. Do always keep in touch if you are delayed or have problems posting, and let one another know when you send and receive drawings.
Draw as much or as little as you like. Don’t feel under pressure; we know that we all have busy times when we may not get much drawing done – trust the books will evolve.
You can draw on fresh pages, and / or on anyone else’s drawings, and can annotate drawings. You can date, sign, or not, whatever you prefer.
Your book will come back to you during the cycle, so that you will have a chance to see how people have responded to your drawings, and answer back.
The Circle is complete when the book you started comes back to you a second time – and this book is yours to keep if you wish, or to give to the Circles Archive. The archive is displayed in occasional exhibitions and used for talks.
Follow and discuss your own Circle and others on our blog:
Send images for the blog to email@example.com
If you would like to form one in your own country do let us know.
Semi- Circles, in process of formation, looking for members:
Italy, Norway, Finland, Canada, Germany, Ireland, Poland, Scotland
There are also people interested in local ones e.g. New Delhi, London, Brighton, Manchester, so do let us know where you are from and what interests you. You can join more than 1 Circle, but please think carefully about the implications for monthly postage costs, and the work involved in drawing and posting. It gets complicated if people pull out before the cycle is complete.
Finally, if you speak to other people who are interested please share this link or send me their names and e-mail addresses.
Any questions, e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org
This is a dedicated website for existing Circles, with images and animations posted as a record of the project, and to provide an online forum for conversation between the Circlers.
Members of Circles, please e-mail images to email@example.com