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Interview with Rachelle Romeo
September 28, 2020

Interview with Rachelle Romeo

Rachelle Romeo is a London-based artist who uses embroidery and thread amongst other mediums to convey powerful messages about heritage and identity. 

The multi-dimensional works that Rachelle creates carry with them important messages and we were so pleased to catch up with her and find out a bit more about her, her work and the potentional of using creativity as an outlet to speak truth.

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Interview with Emily Coxhead from The Happy Newspaper
September 28, 2020

Interview with Emily Coxhead from The Happy Newspaper

Emily Coxhead is a designer and illustrator who is passionate about making the world a happier place!

At just 22 years old, after realising the negative effect that the news was having on her mental health, Emily decided she wanted to create a platform to celebrate all that is good in the world - from major historical movements, to inspiring and wonderful individuals. Five years on, Emily continues her mission to ‘sprinkle a tiny bit of happiness all over the planet’ as The Happy News is read by over 20,000 subscribers in 33 different countries each quarter.

We were so excited to catch up with Emily and find out a little more about her, her work and The Happy Newspaper!

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Interview with Paul Majek
August 17, 2020

Interview with Paul Majek

The Big Draw Team first met Paul at Trinity Buoy Wharf where the charity’s headquarters reside and the school that Paul is currently attending, Royal Drawing School sits. We knew the moment that we met with Paul that something clicked. He is an incredible human being as well as artist that is a living embodiment of the power of drawing. 

From growing up in a creative household to using drawing to understand other subjects like geography, Paul has a unique and powerful story to tell and we’re excited to share it with our audience…. 

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Interview with Anna Bruder
August 17, 2020

Interview with Anna Bruder

Anna Bruder is an artist, theatre designer, prop maker and creator of the brilliant, A Line Art. 

The Big Draw is a big fan of A Line Art. They have taken part in The Big Draw Festival for the past five years, inviting audiences to join in with fantastic, free and ever-popular A Line creations, including: Ready Steady Colour, Ready Steady Go! and Fold Your City. We always look forward to catching up with Anna, and were thrilled to chat with her about her practice, what drawing means to her and a bit about how the lockdown has affected her life and work.

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Interview with Shantell Martin
August 17, 2020

Interview with Shantell Martin

Shantell Martin is an internationally recognised contemporary artist who is known for her bold confident lines, questioning statements, and gripping spontaneous style.Shantell grew up in Thamesmead, a concrete jungle in South London that didn’t leave a lot of room for people who look, act, or think differently. She describes herself growing up as, “A brown girl with an afro in a blond haired, blue eyed world…” From an early age, drawing became a means of understanding for Shantell which she has carried with her throughout her life.

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Interview with The National Brain Appeal
July 27, 2020

Interview with The National Brain Appeal

The National Brain Appeal is the charity dedicated to improving the outcome and quality of life for the one in six people affected by a neurological condition. Alongside funding pioneering research and providing access to the best technology for expert diagnosis and treatment, the charity also runs an annual art fundraising campaign, A Letter in Mind

We caught up with Eva Tait, curator of A Letter in Mind, to understand more about the vital work of The National Brain Appeal, some of their brilliant fundraising initiatives, and ways in which we all can support and get involved.

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Interview with Juliette Losq
July 27, 2020

Interview with Juliette Losq

Juliette Losq is an internationally exhibited, prizewinning artist whose work seeks to describe the borderlands on the fringes of urban developments, capturing the benign battles waged between man and nature. 

We fell in love with Juliette's intricate watercolour landscape works in 2019 when she was shortlisted for - and subsequently won - the John Ruskin Prize. We were incredibly excited to have a chance to catch up with Juliette a year on from this and find out more about her life and work.

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Interview with Emily Haworth Booth
July 27, 2020

Interview with Emily Haworth Booth

Emily Haworth Booth is an author-illustrator and educator with a passion for dogs and direct action! You will find both of these things in her debut picture book, The King Who Banned the Dark, which was a Guardian Children’s Book of the Month, a Sunday Times Book to Watch Out For, and nominated for nine awards including the Kate Greenaway, Waterstones Children’s Book Prize and Little Rebels Award.

We were thrilled to catch up with Emily and find out all about her creative process, her influences, her passions and more...

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Interview with Brenna Quinlan
June 23, 2020

Interview with Brenna Quinlan

Permaculture illustrator, educator, mover and shaker; Brenna Quinlan strives to make the world a better place through her art and actions. Now you may be asking yourself, what is permaculture and what does it have to do with drawing? That’s where Brenna comes in. She uses drawing as a tool to speak about permaculture and the importance of living sustainably. 

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Drawing for Picture Books with Emma Lazell
June 16, 2020

Drawing for Picture Books with Emma Lazell

Emma Lazell is a UK based illustrator and author of children's books. Her debut picture book, Big Cat, was published in Spring 2019 by Pavilion Children's Books. Alongside working on books, Emma loves to visit schools, libraries and events to share her love of reading, writing and drawing. Here Emma gives some fascinating insight into the world of illustration, and her own process and experience of drawing for picture books.

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Interview with Jessica Palmer
May 19, 2020

Interview with Jessica Palmer

Jessica is a UK-based artist and illustrator whose work spans collage, paper sculpture, paper cutting, digital drawing and painting. She has worked with Forest of Imagination, a pop-up art, play and creativity event, since it began 8 years ago.

The Big Draw and House of Imagination, the creative charity behind the Forest of Imagination are working in partnership with Grant Associates and a whole host of creative partners. We all share many of the same goals including championing wellbeing through creativity and nature.

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Interview with Emma Stibbon RA
April 27, 2020

Interview with Emma Stibbon RA

We are so excited to announce Emma Stibbon RA as The Big Draw's newest Patron! Emma is an artist who works primarily in drawing and print on paper, depicting remote and hostile environments that are changing rapidly. She does this through location based research often working alongside geologists and scientists, and in the studio where information is transformed into large scale drawn and printed artworks.

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Interview with Octavia Bromell
April 27, 2020

Interview with Octavia Bromell

We are thrilled to welcome Octavia Bromell as a 2020 Big Draw Festival Ambassador! She is currently the Adobe Creative Resident for the UK as well as an innovative creator, mental health ambassador and Etsy shop extraordinnaire. Her commitment to sustainable practice and positive protest make her an ideal creative to represent our 2020 Big Draw Festival theme, The Big Green Draw, A Climate of Change

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The Big Draw 20th Birthday Appeal -ClimateOfChange
April 01, 2020

The Big Draw 20th Birthday Appeal -ClimateOfChange

The Big Draw (Campaign for Drawing) is now 20! In 20 years it has never been in receipt of revenue funds & relies on donations & our model. In 2020/21 our theme 'A Climate of Change' will focus on the relationship between people & our living environments & ecosystems & encourage Drawing for All.

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Interview with Vicky Philips, Lightship Print Shop
March 03, 2020

Interview with Vicky Philips, Lightship Print Shop

When we went to meet Vicky Philips of Lightship Print Shop for our interview, we didn't have to travel very far. Her office is located in a unique location (a ship) in an artsy corner of London (Trinity Buoy Wharf) - also home to The Big Draw HQ! We spoke about The Big Draw, her gorgeous design work that she did for our 2020 theme, her commitment to sustainability and her passion for drawing.

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Interview with Millie Marotta
March 03, 2020

Interview with Millie Marotta

Millie Marotta is a freelance Illustrator working from her studio by the sea in a little corner of West Wales. We were delighted to announce Millie as our newest Patron in December 2019. Millie talks with The Big Draw about her work, and the many links that can be drawn with this year's theme #BigGreenDraw #ClimateofChange

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Interview with Kethi Copeland
January 21, 2020

Interview with Kethi Copeland

Kethi Copeland is a visual artist specialising in creating screen-printed artwork for the home alongside colourful, quirky stationery to make people smile. You may recognise much of her work from The Big Draw Shop! We caught up with Kethi to find out more about her practice, and to get some advice on working in the creative field...

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Interview with Liz Atkin
November 25, 2019

Interview with Liz Atkin

Liz Atkin has suffered from Dermatillomania, or compulsive skin picking, from a young age - although the illness wasn't diagnosed until her 30s. Liz talks to The Big Draw about her incredible work as an artist and mental health advocate, and about how drawing has helped her battle with anxiety and compulsive skin picking.

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Interview with Claire Collison
November 25, 2019

Interview with Claire Collison

Claire Collison is a writer, an artist, a breast cancer survivor but beyond all else, she is an inspiration. Since deciding not to have reconstructive surgery following her mastectomy in 2014, Claire has been asking, 'Why are thousands of women like me hidden'?

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