Hello, my name is Ayrcyia Thomson and I am a Multimedia Artist. When I'm not at my day job I do a variety of artistic collaborative projects, sometimes locally, sometimes non-local and occasionally internationally. I can't remember exactly where I first heard of The Sketchbook Project but it was a year or so before I actually got involved. I had previously asked someone to split a sketchbook with me but they declined, the year after I noticed that The Sketchbook Project was closed for any submissions. I thought hard on what I'd put in my sketchbook while I waited. I always get somewhat nervous at the idea of time management behind big art projects but, I dived in. I got an email a few months later stating they had chosen me for Volume 14 and I was over-the-moon ecstatic! I ended up having to have a surgery done during the time I had my book and spent some of my recovery time working on it.
I've always enjoyed stories with little puzzles and meanings to them. I've done the local Chalk and Walk festival and since it's a family friendly event I have focused my chalk drawings for it on Aesop's Fables. The people will walk by and if they recognize the imagery it can be a great conversation starter, if not with me it is for parents to talk with their children about the lessons in the story.
In 2014 I came across some beautiful statue images Britannia in Google and started drawing her. I thought she was the only one for the longest time, the only Goddess, then Google sent me to a page that showed me an old painting with more of them. So I did some research and delved into these national personifications, their stories, and their symbols and wondered why we didn't see them so much anymore?
These drawings eventually morphed and became three-dimensional pieces of art. I made an art shop around the idea of them, eventually creating my own "sculptures", mannequins dressed like these Goddesses. I printed out an informational plaque for Columbia at a local Maker Faire so that it was both visually stunning and educational. I think they are all powerful and beautiful and I like the stories they tell.
This is my first time submitting to The Sketchbook Project so there are crooked lines, smudges as I'm used to drawing on much larger paper, it's had its own set of challenges but, I'd love to return and draw more drawings as I progress as an artist.
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