Tedna Ve (Draw Me)

2011 - 2015
Tedna Ve (Draw Me)

John McKiernan

Draw Me / Tedna Vey is a camera obscurer booth that allows people of all abilities to create instant portraits using marker pens for free, often capturing the personality of the subject and leading to a deeper understanding of the relationship between subject and image maker

Background

Since 2004, Tedna Ve (Draw Me) booth has been appearing in public spaces across the country. Originating in Cornwall, the booth is a camera obscurer that allows people of all abilities, ages and backgrounds to draw a companion using simple marker pens for free. Although easy and fun to use, it is more than just a drawing that is produced, the drawer generally captures the personality of the subject, often leading to a deeper understanding of the relationship between subject and image-maker.

Instant Gallery

The drawing are attached to surfaces or hung in some manner in the immediate vicinity to create an instant portrait gallery. People then return later to collect their portrait at the end of the event.

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Collaboration

Platform-7 has worked with Jonathan in Margate and at a number of London street locations that contributes to a better understanding of local community.

Commissions

Saturday 9 July 2011: Moonbow Margate, Cliff Terrace, Cliftonville
Saturday 20 July 2014: Intransit Festival, London Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea
Saturday 5 October 2014: Tate Britain, Urban Photo Fest 2013