“Like looking through a window into beautiful inner landscapes…” That was just one of the reactions SEVEN’s first Leigh Art Trail show inspired.
So, five months after the SEVEN collective formed, at table seven of The Railway Hotel, we had arrived. We were number three (Planet Leasing) in the 20th Leigh Art Trail.
SEVEN’s first show
To be honest, we weren’t sure what to expect. Just how Leigh Art Trailers would react to sketchbooks as artwork was uncharted territory – plus, we were the first collective to show on the Trail.
Our journey, as some may know, started at Heidi Wigmore’s Creative Journal courses held at Chalkwell Park’s Metal. SEVEN took that premise – using tried and tested artistic techniques (or processes) to kick start creative exploration – and plumbed its potential depths.
Fortunately Heidi attended our late night showing and told us she was “…blown away…” by what we’d achieved. Phew!
From the sea to Planet Leasing
Our LAT odyssey started with the sea – it is Leigh-on-Sea after all. This loose theme, a connective thread if you will, ebbed and flowed throughout the sketchbooks.
From there, we’d come together to share in the processes and explore them individually (get the techniques we used here). The results? Often unexpected. Always wildly different.
Once finished the journals were presented on a special table – trestle legs supplied by Metal – and held in place with striped ribbon, ready for public perusing. People were invited to turn and touch the pages. We encouraged questions. Kids could have a go in our community sketchbook.
What Leigh Art Trailers said
Many were drawn to a particular book or technique. Others were hurriedly box-ticking their way round the Trail. And a few left befuddled.
Other visitors became immersed in the depth and breadth the books had to offer. One or two said they felt as if they were looking through our personal thoughts. At least one person reckoned someone’s shell sketches were a bit Freudian…
Some even took the time to leave a comment in our book or on social media:
“This is absolutely fantastic – I love the connection between each of the books, yet there is so much diversity within them, as well.” – Cat
“Like looking through a window into beautiful inner landscapes. Totally joyful.” – Jen & Xian
“Fantastic, inspiring show.” – Heidi Wigmore
We thoroughly enjoyed our #LAT2017 experience. Thank you to everyone who came to see our sketchbooks, we loved having the opportunity to share our work with you.
But some special thanks must go to:
- The dedicated and enthusiastic Leigh Art Trail organisers (all volunteers)
- Planet Leasing for being so welcoming (and making us tea and staying late)
- The lovely people at Metal who let us use their space (and their trestles)
- The inspiring and supportive Heidi Wigmore
- And, Amanda’s husband, Andrew, for his carpentry skills
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