Conran: Potters Fields watch: The Big Draw – Something for the weekend!

It’s always good to see the value of drawing is still upheld by many people despite the predominance of digitally aided art and design tools. After all it’s often the best way of getting ideas down onto paper and working through problems – and where would we be without Terence’s sketches of famous pieces of furniture like the Glove  or Matador chairs and other iconic designs from the last half a century…?

Every October The Big Draw brings hundreds of drawing initiatives to galleries and streets all over the world.

Launched in 2000, it has has grown from 180 events in the UK to over 1500 worldwide. The Campaign aims to use drawing to connect visitors with museum and gallery collections, urban and rural spaces – and the wider community – in new and enjoyable ways.

As part of the event today, on Potters Fields – sandwiched between Tower Bridge and the London Mayor’s Office, and 10 mins from Conran HQ – trestle tables were strewn with vast rolls of paper whilst people of all ages adorned them with colourful murals, scribbles and sketches.

Performers struck a pose ready to be drawn by passers-by and pictures of seasonal produce – bold forms in bright colours – fluttered from a washing line in the October breeze, all proving people still enjoy good old fashioned drawing as much as ever.

Having said all that about the digital stuff not always being so good there is this very fun game you can play online.

Here’s a couple of efforts from a few of us here and here but please note – this in no way an indication of the talents or tendancies of the Conran Group!

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