Monday, 17 January 2011

The Sketchbook Challenge

Woo hoo!  I finally did some drawing in my sketchbook!

I was very brave and took my sketchbook over to the Manchester Art Gallery.  I went to see the Mary Greg Collection which I'd read about on the internet and is housed in the 'Gallery of Art and Design', my favourite room of the whole gallery!!!

I sketched a cabinet I liked, followed by the image of a bird on a piece of fabric.

I love the shape of this bird, and the pattern of circles on his body.  My next stop is Platt Hall Costume Museum which has recently been renovated and has loads of fabric designs.

Mary Greg, the wife of Thomas Greg who owned Quarry Bank Mill in Styal, collected a variety of objects that most people considered 'everyday' such as spoons, keys, wooden animals...  which gives great insight into everyday life of the time, and means many of these objects are now quite rare.

I'm including these as part of my sketchbook exploration of the theme 'Highly Prized'.  


  1. What a wonderful thing to do, haven't taken my sketchbook to a gallery for years and years. Fabulous things to explore and record.
    Have a good week.
    luv and hugs {brenda} xoxox

  2. Lovely to annotate drawings like that. It means more later on when you come to use them in a project. I have been to Quarry Bank..Ii remember they make gorgeous fabrics there, which are on sale.

    Sue xx

  3. A wonderful look inside your sketchbook...I love it! xx

  4. Cool sketches and glad you had a fabby day out :D

  5. I so envy you - you are a proper artist! There is something for you on my blog to celebrate that!


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