Drawing in Silence
Angie Brew and Emma Fãlt, have begun a research project to explore how humans can communicate and connect with one another through drawing. The motivation to run a silent drawing party came from 1) Angie's post doc research into the importance of drawing for non verbal people (for example, people with autism, dementia, stroke damage) and 2) Emma's interest in drawing as a listening process. The party was very interesting with, most notably, one autistic student saying it was a normal day for her, and a relief to not have to talk. Others enjoyed playing with one another, using lines to invite conversations and interactions, and dancing around with lines and colour. At the end, like often at a speaking party, people were tired and were resting on the floor. Others drew metaphorical blankets over them to keep them warm.
Inspired by our first silent drawing party, we are keen to host more such events, and to share our hosting methods with all. If you want to host a wordless drawing party ( a.k.a. a Do Be Do) please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org