Now in their second edition, the Bloodhound SSC Engineering Design sheets have been used in a special workshop run by the BHssc Education Team –  the event also launched the opening of the project’s new HQ in Bristol earlier this month. These bespoke Foldedsheets have facts, photographs and drawings about the project, in addition to plenty of space for young design teams to make their mark. The workshop’s design brief was Living and Operating in the Desert. The sheets were judged by members of the South African delegation from the Northern Cape Provincial Government, Dept. of Tourism and prizes were awarded for the best designs.

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Images: Stefan Marjoram

We are currently working on a Foldedsheet edition of La Revista with off-grid arts centre Los Gazquez. Published annually, it will reflect on the centre’s activities, including: artist residencies, curatorial projects and cultural courses, in addition to wider events.

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Geologist extraordinaire Sophy Crosby sent us this excellent map made by pupils at Coldfall Primary in London, using one of our Drawing sheets. This was part of a creative ‘Rock Club’ workshop run by Sophy, that looked at the presence of geology in our everyday surroundings – brilliant!

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The folks at off-grid eco-retreat Los Gazquez sent us a photo of their planner in action…

2013 planner at Los Gaquez

Lala Thorpe, manager and workshop leader at Artescape, used a Giant Foldedsheet with Yuri Suzuki, a sound artist, designer and electronic musician. Lala was “inspired” to invite him following a talk at the Arts Catalyst Kosmica night…

“Kids at Artescape working on the giant folded sheet… finally dared to unwrap the beauty!! I invited Yuri Suzuki to talk to the kids about his work and demonstrate one of his designs. They all loved it… he had a thing called a Colour Chaser which followed a drawn black line and then responded to different colours drawn in its path with sound.”

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We only have one Giant Foldedsheet left now – please get in touch if you wish to order one from us directly.

If you are like us and have lots of stuff booked in for next year already, then we have some good news… our 2013 year-to-view planner has arrived! Check out our shop site to buy it online.

year-to-view 2013 stocked by Magma Books
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Again this year, universities shared a print run of the LearnHigher Generic academic year planner 2012/13. For all those who are not studying at the universities who ordered them… we had some extras printed and have added them to our online shop.

The Bloodhound SSC Engineering Design sheets have been put to good use already with several schools taking part. Inspiring interest in STEM subjects through this open source engineering project, resources have been created to encourage teamwork and creativity. KS3 pupils in teams of up to four, have been using the blank areas on the sheet to make drawings of their design thinking. Information printed on the sheet is used in conjunction with a range of different design briefs.

The Institution of Mechanical Engineers are sponsoring the BLOODHOUND SSC Education Programme with two new Foldedsheet resources: the Engineering Design sheet and the Activity sheet. The Education Programme are developing these sheets for schools working in STEM subjects at KS2 and KS3, and young people interested in science, technology, engineering and maths. The Engineering Design sheet encourages small groups working in classroom teams to solve design briefs set by the Bloodhound Project, and the Activity sheet encourages younger individuals to discover facts about the Bloodhound engineering at various events.

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BloodhoundSSC Engineering Design sheet

Today, Haslemere Educational Museum was announced as the winner of the Telegraph Family Friendly Museum Award 2012. In addition to a shiny plaque recognising their achievements, they also receive a box of 125 of our Storyboard sheets – which they intend to use for one of their family history events this year! Further details about the award can be found on the Kids in Museums website.

We have just produced an exhibition publication with Fieldwork Folio – the large-scale mapping project uses our Foldedsheet poster format. The publication documents a series of journeys using the Saxon Shore Way in Kent.

Artist Luce Choules, working with the Faversham Sea Cadets, used a Giant Foldedsheet to map part of the Saxon Shore Way around Faversham Creek. The drawing part of the map is complete, but the whole map is a work in progress. The cadets documented parts of the SS Way using photography to capture points of interest along the creek. They will add more of their photographs over the coming months to fill the sheet during their 70th year anniversary celebrations.  The map formed part of the exhibition ‘Tide′ at Creek Creative, Faversham in March 2012.

We have a limited number of the Giant Foldedsheets – please get in touch if you wish to order one from us directly.

We have just produced a double-sided full-colour sheet for explorer Alastair Humphreys – he may be a well-seasoned traveller, but this is the first mappazine Alastair has commissioned…

There Are Other Rivers: One Day on the Road/On Foot in India is a photographic journey interspersed with insights and thoughts. Alastair Humphreys walked across southern India, following a holy river from the ocean to its source and then down to the other coast. Travelling alone, immersing himself in fresh experiences, the adventure provided time to reflect on his long fascination with the open road. Humphreys explores two different themes: the allure of difficult journeys and the repeating rhythm of each individual day.

A longer version of There Are Other Rivers is available as a print book and a Kindle eBook.

side 1 One Day on the Road

side 2 On Foot in India

The mappazine is available to buy directly from Alastair’s website.

Alastair has been named as one of the National Geographic Adventurers of the Year 2012 – read more about it here.

Every year for the past five years, we have sponsored the expeditions and fieldwork planning event Explore, held annually at the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) with our Foldedsheet year-to-view planners. This year we were asked to run the Communicating Your Discoveries advice desks in the Education Centre at the society, and gathered together over twenty explorers during the weekend to advise delegates on how to communicate their discoveries before, during and after their expeditions.

We showed a range of Foldedsheets – the mappazines Ken360 and PROfile in addition to Confluences from the Editions series. Emily Penn brought some of her brilliant expedition sketchbooks, Andy Welch brought his Wandermap work, and among other books we showed Arita Baaijens’ very lovely Desert Songs. We also had access to the data-projector, where we were able to show examples of websites, blogs and tweets. The main advice desk contributors were: Luce Choules, Emily Penn, Andy Welch, Jamie Buchanan-Dunlop, Geordie Torr, Al Humphreys, Tom Kevill-Davies, Tom Allen and Tim Moss. Speakers taking part in the main lecture programme and workshops over the weekend also gathered around the desks to share their experience in photography, writing and various forms of social media. It was a fantastic weekend – the best in the five years we have been there – Digital Explorer Jamie Buchanan-Dunlop summed up the event in his recent post here.

“The reporting back is essential. Whatever you do, there’s no point in doing something just for yourself… the world isn’t a playground any longer, we can’t afford to just do our own thing. Not really.” Benedict Allen.

If you are like us and have lots of stuff booked in for next year already, then we have some good news… our 2012 year-to-view planner has arrived! Check out our shop site to buy it online.

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A big box of our Foldedsheets are travelling to New York next week to the Thinking Through Drawing interdisciplinary symposium at Teachers College Columbia University in New York on the 28–29th October 2011. Drawing sheets will be used in the practical workshops, and Storyboard sheets are included in the delegate’s packs for artists, scientists and academics to make notes and drawings on during the symposium.

“This two day interdisciplinary symposium brings together artists, cognitive scientists and art educators to consider the relationships between drawing and cognition. Researchers across geographical and disciplinary borders will address how recent findings from cognitive psychology and neurosciences can inform arts education, with a particular emphasis on drawing. The symposium will offer a rare opportunity for academics from drawing research, psychology, neuroscience, computer science and art education to present and discuss the relevance of their research findings to each others’ research and practice.

This symposium grew out of discussions on drawing and cognition, which began at the Drawing Research Network’s 2010 conference, between Angela Brew (UAL), Michelle Fava (Loughborough), and Andrea Kantrowitz (Teachers College).”

We ran a practical workshop at the Drawing Research Network conference in Brighton last year using our Drawing sheets (more info here), which allowed participants to discover the potential of mapping their projects, thoughts and ideas on these large-format sheets.

Sarah Plumb, Project Manager: Learning and Partnerships at Modern Art Oxford, used a Giant Foldedsheet over the weekend in the gallery’s ‘Mapping Memory’ event…

“The Big Draw event was very successful with over 40 people attending between 12-4pm. The paper worked fantastically well in the space and during the workshop, led by artist Bram Arnold.”

The gallery’s event was part of the Campaign for Drawing’s ‘Big Draw 2011′. Inspired by the Kerry Tribe and Abraham Cruzvillegas exhibitions, the event encouraged participants to create a giant map of Oxford from memory.

Participants get busy mapping in the Learning Room… see more images from the day here.

We have a limited number of the Giant Foldedsheets – please get in touch if you wish to order one from us directly.

Lucy Steggals has been using our Storyboard sheets for the film project Dovertime. The sheets were used to storyboard elements of the film which were made over several episodes.

One sheet was also used inside Nicole Mollett’s airstream Cultural Baton, for comments and feedback from Dovertime participants and the audience at the special preview screening event, shown on the BBC Live Screen in the market square Dover on Saturday 17th September.

Throughout the project, other Foldedsheets were used for planning and drawing.

Again this year, universities shared a print run of the LearnHigher Generic academic year planner 2011/12. For all those who are not studying at the universities who ordered them… we had some extras printed and have added them to our online shop.

We have confirmed orders from five universities for the 2011/12 LearnHigher academic year planners (layouts are on our Tumblr resource).

Aston University
Brunel University
De Montfort University
Nottingham Trent University
University of Reading

In the next academic year, nearly 7,000 students will be managing their time effectively at university!

Jodie Henshaw, Development Officer at Mansfield Museum, has just returned from a Sure Start Family Open Day where they used their Giant Foldedsheet today…

“This took place on a very sunny school field in the heart of Mansfield. I took the folded piece of paper with me and invited the families to add themselves to the paper to create a giant mural. The kids had a wonderful time, drawing, cutting and sticking!”

The event was part of the museum’s ‘Mega Mural’ in National Families Week.

Here are the first kids to arrive on the scene…

We have a limited number of the Giant Foldedsheets – please get in touch if you wish to order one from us directly.

We have added another notemap to our range – the Storyboard sheet. This has 60 generously-sized frames arranged over a sheet nearly a metre wide and tall – a welcome addition to the Drawing, Writing and Planning sheets.

Here’s a preview of the layout…

…and we just updated it on our online shop.

King’s College London used one of our Big Foldedsheets for an event linked to the Strandlines project. The sheet was used to record participants thoughts and comments on the day including text and images  – they measure 2400 x 2100mm and are made from strong archival drawing paper. Images from the Strandlines Creative Day can be seen here, and the map will be displayed at an event which is planned for March / April 2012.

Turner Contemporary is open and the Etagram wall drawing has been installed. This map has been made by the intergenerational group Blank Canvas on one of our new Giant Foldedsheets…

Arts educator Lala Thorpe has been using our Drawing sheets with her Artescape group in north London and sent us some great photos of the kids creating Dream Maps…

“Artescape is an out-of hours art club based in Islington for primary age children, which runs during term time on Saturdays, based at William Tyndale School, in the Morris Building. It is open to children who live and/or go to school in Islington. Artescape has been running since 1999 and for the past 4 years is led and managed by Lala Thorpe, a qualified teacher and arts project manager with the support of assistant teacher Lorraine McCourt.

Since 2005 Lala and Lorraine have led a diverse range of term based workshops on a huge variety of topics, looking at artists both contemporary and historical as well as art from around the world. Teaching a range of skills and approaches to making and creating many different art forms, such as sculpture, drawing, painting, printmaking, textiles, and clay work. Artescape aims to encourage children to bring their own ideas and interests as well as provide opportunities to experience a wide range of materials and allow all children to access different approaches to making art work, whether it be 2D or 3D. Each term, every child makes a portfolio of work around a topic.

We are currently developing ideas for a website and extending our workshops to other community groups and schools for one-off and holiday activities.”

Today, Mansfield Museum was announced as the winner of the 2011 Guardian Family Friendly Museum Award. As winner they received one of our Giant Foldedsheets – which they intend to use for one of their Big Draw events this year! Further details about the award can be found on the Kids in Museums website.

If you have a great big project or are working with a very large group and wish to purchase a Giant Foldedsheet, please contact us directly.

We delivered two of our new Giant Foldedsheets to Turner Contemporary in Margate last week. One of the sheets is being used by artist Lucy Steggals with the intergenerational group Blank Canvas, who are staging a huge project to celebrate the opening of the Learning Studio at this prestigious new gallery.

Made of 315gsm archival acid free drawing paper, these enormous sheets measure in at 2.4 x 4m! The folded size of these sheets are 80 x 120cm – which means they can be folded away to be archived and stored after they have been used… or perhaps they could go on tour! To get an idea of the size of the sheets…

the orange label shown in the image is A4 in size…

and when the sheets are unfolded they take up the space of 9 large tables!

For the second year running, we are supporting the Kids in Museums Manifesto launch by providing every guest with one of our Drawing and Planning sheets. This year the event is held at the London Transport Museum.

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We have been working with High Sports Group – a company with nearly twenty climbing walls located in London and south-east England. We customised one of our year-to-view templates to produce a small digital print run of planners to show an overview of marketing activity across the company.

We presented a research poster and ran a workshop for the Drawing Research Network conference at the University of Brighton this week. The workshop Off the Map: unfolding narratives and new territories introduced participants to our range of notemaps and a practical session which used the Drawing sheets.

The notemaps provide a format to open up your thinking and allow information to be added as projects develop – not confining large thought processes to small sketchbooks. The large sheet of paper allows plenty of room for making notes and new connections between ideas, recording thinking and developing layers of communication through mapping in order to realise complex works and projects.

The workshop was intended to be a catalyst for mapping ideas and using visual notation and participants were asked to think of a current project they were working on. They were each given a Drawing sheet to start a map of this thinking and grow their ideas through drawing, words, diagrams and symbols – anything that visually described aspects of their project. Quickly, the participants were using the sheets intuitively – large and small handwritten type, expressive and conceptual drawings, neat and messy marks, arrows, circles, lines and boxes. Soon, the huge blank sheets of paper were transformed into eclectic individual resources loaded with information, and we hope the participants continue to develop their new mapping on the sheet after the conference.

The A1 research poster showed all the notemaps we have produced so far, text detailing each sheet and a list of our project partners.

We have had many organisations using the Drawing sheets including: primary school kids mapping environmental biodiversity, teachers planning GCSE revision timetables and LearnHigher CETL Big Draw events in Brighton and Falmouth. Please get in touch with us directly if you wish to purchase a large number of the sheets for education projects (between 50–450 sheets), or to commission a sheet (minimum order 1,000 sheets).

For over 30 years, the Royal Geographical Society in London have hosted the premier event for expedition & fieldwork planning. For the fourth year running, we are showing our support to this fantastic 3-day event by supplying each delegate with one of our 2011 year planners.

PANEL SPEAKER

Luce has been invited to speak again at one of the workshops during the weekend event. She will be part of the Photography panel advising delegates about the documentation of visual information. In addition, Luce will be displaying a Notemap Drawing sheet showing the workings of database content for her Kit List Correspondent project, at the Society headquarters in Kensington, London.

DATES FOR THE DIARY:

12 – 14 November 2010

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We have added another notemap to our range – the Planning sheet. This has a huge grid nearly a metre wide and tall and printed in 5mm increments – a welcome addition to our Drawing and Writing sheets.

If you are like us and have lots of stuff booked in for next year already, then we have some good news… our 2011 year-to-view planner has arrived early! Check out our shop site to buy it online.

year-to-view 2011 stocked by Magma Books
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This year we had six universities sharing a print run of the LearnHigher Generic academic year planner 2010/11 – nearly 10,000 were printed! For all those who are not studying at the universities who ordered them… we had some extras printed and have added them to our online shop.

We have now produced more than 100,000 of our Foldedsheet publications – which include editions, mappazines, notemaps and planners. So far, our smallest print run is 500, most of our work ranges from 1,000–5,000 units, and our largest run is 12,000. We have produced single-colour, 2, 3, 4 and 5-colour work, single and double-sided publications. We now have six established finished format sizes in our range and this number is growing with each new project – we have come a long way.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank all our partners for these projects – the best products have been collaborative and informed, and would not have been possible without the expertise, support and hard graft of everyone involved in the process! We look forward to working with many more inspiring people and forward-thinking organisations on the journey ahead – we have much to do.

We have just updated our Tumblr site, where you can view all Foldedsheet publications. Here, you can see the layouts for all sheets with the publishing info for each project. Click on the thumbnails in the ARCHIVE section to view individual sheets. This site will be added to with each new commission or project.

Today, the Herbert Art Gallery and Museum in Coventry was announced as the winner of the 2009 Guardian Family Friendly Museum Award. As winner they received 500 Foldedsheet Mammoth Activity Sheets – we hope they enjoy using them! Further details about the award can be found on the Kids in Museums website.

We have confirmed orders from a total of thirteen universities for the 2010/11 LearnHigher academic year planners (layouts are on our Tumblr resource).

Aston University
University of Bournemouth
University of Brighton
Brunel University
City University London – Cass Business School
Liverpool Hope University
University of London – Birkbeck
London College of Fashion
London Metropolitan University
University of Nottingham
University of Reading
University of Surrey
University of Vienna (German-language version)

In the next academic year, nearly 35,000 students will be managing their time effectively at university!

We will be producing a German-language version of the LearnHigher planner 2010/11 with Universität Wien, Austria. The planner is based on the original English-language version developed by LearnHigher. For the translation work involved to produce the new German-language option, the University of Vienna have recently been appointed as an ‘Associate’ of LearnHigher.

We are supporting the Kids in Museums Manifesto launch by providing every guest with one of our Drawing and Writing sheets. The event is being held at The British Museum, London.

www.kidsinmuseums.org.uk

We thought you might like a preview of the new Activity sheet we designed for Kids in Museums. Five hundred of these sheets, containing spaces for drawing and writing, are destined for the winner of The Guardian Family Friendly Museum Award 2009. It will be interesting for us to see what kinds of projects the museum or gallery uses the sheets for, and fun to see how the kids interact with them. The Activity sheet is smaller in size than our Drawing sheets and Writing sheets, but still contains enough space to make some really big scribblings!

Read about the award, and more, on Culture24.

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We have just taken delivery of our 2010 year-to-view planners!

Thay are now available from our online shop or if you are in London… swing by Magma Books and buy one from them.

We are currently producing an exhibition publication with Fieldwork Folio – the large-scale mapping project uses our new Foldedsheet poster format. More details will be released soon, but in the meantime… here is a sneak preview of the cover.

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Coming soon…

Our 2010 planner is now in production and we thought you might like a sneak preview of the cover.

Planners will be available from mid-November (keep a look out for them in our online shop – link is to the left).

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year-to-view 2010 stocked by Magma
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21,000 students get organised this year with the Foldedsheet LearnHigher academic year planners 2009/10.

Funded by participating universities, these planners are given away free to students at the beginning of the academic year… so good luck with the new term and hope you all enjoy using your planners!

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For more details, check out the link on the left to our Tumblr archive.

The exhibition Postcards from Canvey Island is a showcase of work created during Vanessa Rolf’s residency at Cornelius Vermuyden School, Essex. The exhibition will include maps and drawings by students from the four Canvey Island schools involved in the project. “I hope to get a chance to use the drawing sheets again in the future – the kids loved working on them“.

For more information about the project visit Postcards from Canvey Island or the Canvey Island Archive.

© Vanessa Rolf

© Vanessa Rolf

Exhibition: 6th – 12th October 2009 (by appointment).

Location: Karslake Gallery, Cornelius Vermuyden School and Specialist Arts College, Dinant Avenue, Canvey Island, Essex, SS8 9QS.
Tel: (01268) 685011

For travel to Canvey Island from London take the train to Benfleet from Fenchurch Street or Barking. Buses to the Island leave from outside the train station, or it is approximately a 20 minutes walk.

Vanessa Rolf

The CfD are celebrating their 10th birthday this year, with a packed programme of fantastic events – check out details of their exhibition Now We Are Ten!

We think they are great and wish them continued success in all their activities!

For over 30 years, the Royal Geographical Society in London have hosted the premier event for expedition & fieldwork planning. For the third year running, we are showing our support to this fantastic 3-day event by supplying each delegate with one of our 2010 year planners.

PANEL SPEAKER

Luce has been invited to speak again at one of the workshops during the weekend event. She will be part of the Photography panel advising delegates about the documentation of visual information. In addition, we will have a display of our first Edition publication with Fieldwork Folio at the Society headquarters in Kensington, London.

DATES FOR THE DIARY:

13 – 15 November 2009

www.rgs.org

We have confirmed orders from eleven universities for the 2009/10 LearnHigher academic year planners (layouts are on our Tumblr resource).

Aston University
University of Bournemouth
University of Brighton
Brunel University
University of Glamorgan
University of Leeds
Liverpool Hope University
London Metropolitan University
Nottingham Trent University
University of Reading
University of Surrey

In the next academic year, over 21,000 students will be managing their time effectively at university!

Vanessa Rolf is an artist in residence working with several schools in Canvey Island, Essex. The project involves exploring the island through maps and drawing, Vanessa will be using 100 of our drawing sheets throughout the project.

Correspondence from Vanessa:
“Canvey Island is an interesting area, it is at great risk of flooding as it sits lower than sea level, it has amazing salt marshes and a nature reserve that is home to the most diverse population of insects in Western Europe and many rare and endangered species as well as having some great faded amusement arcades.”

“There is a blog for the project, currently it is a collection of images that I am gathering from my explorings.” Postcards From Canvey Island

Feedback from Vanessa:
“We worked with the drawing sheets yesterday and they were fantastic – the kids loved them!”

We can turn your project into a beautifully designed map... contact us to find out how.

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