House of Hackney: ‘Venus as a Boy’ live drawing experience!




February 2017: A new venture and collaboration! I led a unique ‘live drawing’ event this week in the House of
Hackney’s showroom on Shoreditch High St, inspired by the languid and romantic Pre-Raphaelites:

‘It was a reform and a dream. It was real and unreal…an escape from the age and
a means of converting it. It was a circle in which the future and the past
chased each other round’.

We explored ways of seeing and expressing the figure ‘in situ’, drawing
from the House of Hackney’s muse Jordan and inspired by the myriad prints and
patterns in the collection.

It was a fabulous occasion, see images below. We had around 25 people convivially installed on sumptuous sofas and floor cushions around a suitably ‘Pre-Raphaelite’ mis-en-scene. The focused ambience of a group quietly drawing together is really powerful: it’s restorative because you are completely in the present moment…noticing all the small details…the more you draw the more you see…the stuff of life…

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