Sesame Drawing Club

Work by a Collective of Camberwell Illustrators

Wednesday 10th January to Saturday 24th February 2018

We chose the name Sesame as it makes you think of “open sesame” and so underlines the way we are open to new ideas’

Fisherton Mill is hosting the Sesame Drawing Club’s first solo show this winter. The collective was set up in 2016 by six female artists who all studied illustration at Camberwell College of Arts and wanted to continue to work together after graduation. Although their work is very diverse, the group share a love of drawing and, more importantly a passion for illustration and story-telling. Group member Francesca McLean says, ‘We live it, we breathe it, we love it – it’s our lives.’

The group have a very contemporary take on illustration – a far cry from the traditional children’s book illustration that many associate with the field. ‘We want to show that it’s a really beautiful art form that can be used in many different ways,’ explains Francesca. As a result the exhibition includes unexpected items such as Georgie Ellen McAusland’s quirky illustrated ceramic brooches, Hammer Chen’s surreal monoprints and Anja Susanj’s pencil sketches, as well as Gitanjali Iyer’s powerful illustrations inspired by nature, folk tales, childhood and symbolism.

Hannah Redpath’s ceramic work looks at multi-sensory learning and education, often exploring confused diagrammatic images. She uses influences from Montessori materials and scientific imagery that have been scrabbled up to convey the confusion from a childhood/early development perspective. Her work is playful and tactile.

The group also work collaboratively to produce a series of zines twice a year. These are small-scale magazines with a broad theme which feature a short illustrated story by each group member. The most recent, called How To, includes illustrations by Francesca McLean who was inspired by the idea of how to grow plants to create images depicting flowers surrounded by a pattern of watering cans, seeds and bees. ‘We use the themes to help generate new ideas’ she says.

Admission free.

Opening hours: Monday-Friday: 10am-5pm Saturday: 9.30am-5.30pm Sunday: Closed