I met Steph on the foundation at Falmouth here last year and since she's started studying product design at Central St Martins in London it's been amazing to see how she has developed and pushed her practice. Whenever I am back in London and our paths cross we try to meet up, and this time I was lucky to get to try out a new drawing material she has been working on. She asked me to create some pieces of work using her material named 'Apollo', which she described to me as a new tool for drawing which would deal with problems like leaving residue on your hands etc. Being left handed, and clumsy this seemed like a perfect solution to me.
The beauty of this material and how it has been made means it can be used both wet and dry. I would describe it as being like charcoal, the same texture and depth of mark but a really innovative tool which has tackled something which is an issue for people when they draw.
Below are some images of her final product: Apollo
Below are some images of the work I created using Steph's innovative drawing tool:
Working with the material in its purest form I was just experimenting how loose I could be with it. I combined this with some organic symbols and found imagery.
It felt like just using charcoal which is a material I tend to not work with because of the rough texture. However with Steph's creation I was still be able to create fluid marks to emulate organic structures.
Collage and drawing
collage and drawing
Pattern and colour studies
Combining with other drawing materials