“Number seven resonates with the vibrations and energies of the collective consciousness”
SEVEN is a Creative Sketchbook Collective, based in Leigh on sea. Formed in January 2017 by local artists who met on a Creative Journal course at Metal in Southend, we have as a group, continued to develop our art practice using creative sketchbooks and altered books.
We think of our sketchbooks as the ideal space for artistic experimentation; a place where doodling is encouraged, where anything can be an art material, and mistakes can provide inspiration. Making our altered books is a way of repurposing a second hand/found book to give it a new narrative and meaning. The books we create are very tactile and full of texture; and we love to share our explorations.
Individually, we are all successful artists/designers/makers with a variety of backgrounds and skills. We love the synergy of bouncing ideas off each other and it continually surprises us to see how each person interprets the same brief in their own unique way.
“We’re more than the sum-total of our individual parts”.
Collectively we inspire and motivate each other to take greater risks than we would individually, which we believe results in a stronger body of work.
Using processes and working within themed parameters means we relinquish control, which helps to silence our inner-critic. We believe in ‘happy accidents’ and in unconscious intentions, which can often be self-revelatory.
As a collective we are committed to finding our authentic voice, encouraging each other and sharing our work. To date we have exhibited our work at various local events including the Village Green and Leigh Art Trail. We believe that by inviting others to touch the books, we are making the work more accessible; this in turn provides a more engaging and memorable experience that we hope will extend the conversation to a wider audience.
At the last count SEVEN had developed over 40 creative sketchbooks and altered books; that’s in excess of 4000 pages of work! Below are some of the pages from our ‘Seasons’ sketchbooks we made for the Leigh Art Trail 2023.
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In September 2022, SEVEN exhibited sketchbooks in the Leigh Art Trail. The Art Trail also runs a Secret Auction (where artists donate a piece of work and the proceeds go towards running the Art Trail). For the Secret Auction, SEVEN offered one winner the chance to attend one of our regular creative sessions at Metal. …
One of the key images that I love about winter is the silhouette of bare trees against the sky. So, as an addition to my winter sketchbook, I’ve created a short stop-frame animation of windy trees, inspired by William Kentridge. SEVEN visited the William Kentridge exhibition at the RA last November which included a number …
Every autumn SEVEN gets back to (art) school with a fresh theme to take us through to our collective goal that is the Leigh Art Trail. And, for 2023 the theme is — yes! — The Seasons. Beginning back in October with a small concertina sketchbook each and a jumble-sale meets-nature-table crammed with leaves, branches, …
We’re based in Leigh-on-sea in Essex. Please get in touch if you’d like to find out more – we’re a friendly bunch…
“The whole is greater than the sum of it’s parts”