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Collaborative Drawing at the Met

Pattie Belle Hastings

Theses are collaborative drawings created during a workshop at the Metropolitan Museum of Art during the International Drawing & Cognition Research 2013 Symposium. I found it truly inspirational to explore materials and mark making with a group of people (most of whom I did not know.) I was transported by the energy of bodies moving, marking and shifting around the table from seat to seat and tool to tool. 

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Mindful Marking

Pattie Belle Hastings

This drawing was made using white pen on 100 year old paper from a 19th century Yale medical student’s notebook. The ground is prepared for receiving the mark. Clearing the mind and making the mark. Focusing the attention and making the mark. Stilling the thoughts and making the mark. Feeling the pen and making the mark. Closing the eyes and making the mark. Hearing the mark as it is made. Feeling the mark as it is laid. Seeing the mark as it is made. 

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Finger Drawing

Pattie Belle Hastings

Electric Finger: an experiment in touch surface drawing
Our fingers are electric. They emit electromagnetic frequencies that allow us to interact with touch screen technologies. It’s called “finger capacitance” and it’s this conductive property of our fingers that makes capacitive touch sensing possible. Mobile devices, such as my iPod Touch, are designed to respond to the taps and caresses of my fingertips, providing access to necessary but mundane information or allowing for moments of unique creative exploration. For decades, it has been possible to draw with a computer using a mouse or stylus, but now we can carry electronic sketchbooks in our pockets with the tools for mark making at the ends of our arms.
TRACEY: Drawing and Visual Research, Loughborough University School of Art & Design, Loughborough, Leicestershire, UK

Drawing and Thinking

Pattie Belle Hastings

In this age of technological immersion, are we on the brink of losing drawing as a talent, skill or cognitive tool? 

I, for one, worry that we are. I know that I am not alone. It was through a gadget that I returned to drawing after more than a decade away from it. This, and a focused mindfulness practice, has led me to a deeper inquiry into drawing states and the state of drawing. So, I am embarking upon an exploration of drawing as a means for personal development; to record the world; to practice mindful presence; as a tool for embodied action; to explore and generate ideas; to develop and communicate ideas; to plan and realize ideas; to gain new knowledge; and for the pure pleasure of creative practice and expression. I am drawing and I am researching drawing in the humanities, sciences, business, technology and design disciplines. Some end goals include; joining the international forces that are advocating the resurgence of drawing and drawing research; promote drawing as an activity for anyone and everyone through workshops and events; cultivate my own drawing practice along with writing, research and teaching on the subject. 

This will be a place that I can think and draw out loud.