Monday, 2 August 2010

I Digress Hits the Masses

Some time in late 2009, Alison (friend and exquisite draw-er) started talking about bringing together illustrators and writers and getting them to respond to each other. We had already experimented with an exhibition at the Grosvenor Pub, and its variety, warmth and eccentricity could provide a rich source of inspiration, as well as a focal point for a project. Together with Naomi, we developed I Digress.

I Digress took in 14 writers and illustrators and sprouted from a story by Evie Wyld and some illustrations by Hannah Carding. From this gentle but inspiring start, we created chains of illustrations and stories, each inspired by the other.

Last Thursday saw the outcome of many months of daydreaming, planning and creativity. We took a heap of spanking new 'zines' to the Grosvenor and launched the book in the home of its inspiration. Surrounded by an exhibition of all the illustrations and excerpts from each piece of writing, a crowd of enthusiasts celebrated the joys of writing from drawings and drawing from writing.

The evening was capped by a reading by Charlie-Fish from 'Nadine', the delightful tale of the Grosvenor's imaginary horse and her meeting with the fairies of Myatts Fields, who speak with a remarkably helium influenced male voice!

If you were unable to join us at the launch but would like to buy the zine, then please click here.

Illustration in final photo by Staffan Gnosspelius.

Photos by Charlene Lam.