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Sketchbook: Catherine Hennessy

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How are you filling your time in the lockdown? The AJ’s Sketchbook series is a showcase of housebound architects’ sketches and concept drawings. Today’s sketches are by ACME’s Catherine Hennessy

Lockdown coincided with my change in role at ACME, from associate director to consultant. I now have a bit more time to do other things that I love.

I’ve always loved to draw but through my career as an architect I began to draw less and manage more, so I started to draw more when not at work. When I’m drawing, it’s like meditation – time passes, I think of nothing else and I’m totally absorbed.

I’m amazed when young designers can think straight onto a computer – I have to have a felt tip pen in my hand to think and explain things.

This lockdown period has meant that I have been drawing much more regularly and for longer than I have for many years. We’ve quite a big garden and I’ve been drawing and painting outside nearly every day using inks, watercolours, wax crayons, charcoal, felt tip pens, acrylic – anything that I have at home.

Since 1997 I’ve kept a drawn journal – not so much a diary as a series of observations, events and thoughts. If nothing else, and when I have little time, I’ll draw in my journal so now I can look back over 23 years of life. Right now it fuels my instagram posts and reveals what I’m really thinking, doing and dreaming during lockdown.

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Tag @architectsjournal and use #sketchbook

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  • These sketches are great and perfect examples of what what a sketchbook journal should be. "I’ll draw in my journal so now I can look back over 23 years of life." Absolutely.

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