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As Yet Untitled (patchworksketchbook), Emma Tann, 2012 – 2013

My lovely patchwork sketchbook! It is finished. Now all it needs is a gallery… Conveniently, I seem to have volunteered to organise an art exhibition in August. Ha. Really need to start sorting that out…….

I have been one ridiculously busy lady lately (hence the abandoned blog.) I’ve spent the last two weeks doing work experience with a lovely little primary school. Spent most of my time with the reception class – which I enjoyed a hell of a lot more than I thought I would! Really surprised myself- it turns out that 4 and 5 year olds are amazing… they way their minds work, their imaginations…. and now it is time for a Picasso quote;

Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.


Exactly. They are unspoilt and non-judgemental, they have no preconceptions about the world and are constantly exploring and discovering and being amazed…. I really loved spending time with them. Although I do think that primary teaching aint quite for me…. which is why I am applying for a (slightly last minute) secondary Art and Design PGCE! Oh I’ve been tip-toeing around this idea for months….. it has FINALLY clicked into place. We’ll see what happens.

Sketchbook Patchwork Details…………

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Taking a secretive-honestly-dangerously-introverted-confessional sketchbook and share it with the world, in the hope that these thoughts fears feelings are collectively human. Things that we  feel we shouldn’t share with anyone else, thoughts that we shouldn’t even have. Make yourself vulnerable and communicate. Honesty is of the utmost importance. These pages tell a story and they scare me. I am not the same person.



“Sophie, you’ve over-glittered your dinosaur!”


The dinosaur was indeed over-glittered. You couldn’t see the dinosaur for the blue sparkles. It turns out that little girls are actually magpies in disguise, and they have no comprehension of how long it’ll take vast puddles of glitter glue to dry. No, you cannot wear your glitter-laden crown. It’ll get stuck to your hair. 

So it seems that I have started yet another volunteering job. At an art gallery in Dartford – the What If Gallery. A community gallery that is really accessible to artists (work up for £1 a week? 20% commission? Yes please!), and run by a very friendly bunch of volunteers. I jumped in at the deep end last week and helped out with a children’s arts and crafts workshop. It was amazing, I had so much fun! The chaos! The energy! The glitter! Absolutely exhausting. Children are amazing. And they seem to like me (for some reason.) Made me re-realise that perhaps I really should carry on pursuing my slightly-abandoned plan to become a teacher. I think I could kick ass. 

A relevant recent sketchbook page………………grownup (547x800)