/’skrib.əl/ (verb) : to draw something quickly without thought or to make meaningless marks.
“Unbeknownst to me, my first month of scribbles would coincide with my personal encounter with Covid.”
I was asked to facilitate a session for the Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual University that explored creative processes as a means of expression.
I suggested a Scribble session.
To Scribble means to draw something quickly without thought or to make meaningless marks.
The session requires participants to draw aimlessly with no thought, meaning or purpose; allowing a space for “thought-less” creative expression.
The idea to Scribble came about from work I have been doing on “thought-less” creating.
My work at the time involved exploring the shades and movement of cotton threads and incorporating it with freeform hand and machine sewing, allowing the piece to create itself. (Some of this work can be seen in my Heartstrings collection.)
Having facilitated sewing classes for beginners for many years, I was very familiar with the no thought space in the creative process (sometimes referred to as the creative zone where the creator is one with the art form, medium or process). I often witnessed this sacred space in my classes after students had learnt the technical aspects of sewing, they would naturally put thought aside and simply enjoy creating.
I love that scribbling requires no skills and that anybody, young or old, male or female can engage with this process. A blank piece of paper and whatever pens or pencils you have at hand, is all you need.
After facilitating my first session with the University, I started engaging with it daily.
In a world dominated by thoughts and thinking, scribbling provided a refreshing change.
To Scribble is pointless and that is the beauty of it.
Its takes you out of your head and into your heart.
I found that it rekindled and helped me reconnect with that playful, childlike freedom of no restriction, judgement or aim.
In that space, I felt open, liberated and free.
I was able to effortlessly express whatever surfaced in the moment.
One week into my daily exploration I started developing flu-like symptoms which, as a precaution, lead me to quarantine. When my symptoms didn’t improve, I got tested for Covid.
I tested positive.
In spite of this, I continued to Scribble daily.
It became my creative meditation during this uncertain time.
Scribble has since then become an ongoing series of drawings which continues to be my channel for creative expression.
Covid was hard but I survived and for that I am grateful. Many were not as lucky.
Showcased below is my first month of daily Scribbles, extracted from the period pre, during and post my infection. It illustrates my Covid journey over 32 days through line and colour.
Giving meaning to the meaningless.
It is an ode to this unprecedented time in our lives.
These 32 scribbles is the cover art of the first edition of my Scribble Journal.
Through my Scribble Journal I look forward to exploring Creative Meditation with you.
A4 100 Page Journal
No skills required.
Suitable for all ages.