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Claire Montana Jencks

Coder, Athlete & Improviser in Chicago

Drawing Builds Empathy


Claire Montana Jencks, the last of the pre-cellphone generation, uses drawing  instead of her digital device to collect memories.  

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Sketchbook of Life

@ VOL 21 ON FEB 20, 2010

An amazing presentation by Martin Willers of sketches that show how to use the inspiration of life to lift the possibilities of humanity to new heights!

"Presentation of the Day" on January 15, 2013.

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Drawing Tokyo

@ VOL 122 ON FEB 20, 2015

Do you love Tokyo?

Self-proclaimed “draw-er” Luis Mendo speaks about the numerous artists who joined him in creating a beautifully illustrated summary of life in Tokyo. Their efforts were compiled, along with some thoughtful writings, in the latest issue of what is typically an architectural magazine: MAS Context.

"Presentation of the Day" on March 20, 2015.

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Drawing Inspiration

@ VOL 4 ON OCT 29, 2015

"I imagine ... how the mechanical world and the natural world might merge together."

In Drawing Inspiration from PechaKucha Night Oklahoma City Vol. 4, Adam Lanman shares his drawings and explains how he can imagine the natural world functioning in mechanical ways. Throughout years of studying the poetics of the built environment, Lanman has created a massive collection of drawings, methods and subjects. Lanman’s presentation illuminates a series of works exploring the space between fine art and applied art. With his artistic pursuits, Lanman hopes to renew public interest in the mundanity of surroundings that they take for granted while keeping in mind a simple but powerful thesis: if we want to change the places we live, we must first change the way we see.

This was "PechaKucha of the Day" on Monday, August, 15th 2016.

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Drawing Tells a Better Story

@ VOL 19 ON OCT 10, 2015

"We are different, but we have something to share, like all of you ... I think the concept of love or empathy is not based on race or color or gender or religion. We all share this amazing feeling."

In response to the ongoing refugee crisis from Syria and parts of the Middle East. Kyoto-based researcher, and Syrian national, Rodi Alkader, has been drawing his thoughts on paper for years, but as the crisis continues to unfold, his drawings became a profound way for him to deal with his emotions. In this very personal presentation, "Drawing Tells a Better Story", from PechaKucha Night Kyoto Vol 19, Rodi shares his family's situation and adds a unique voice to the conversation. This presentation was part of the special PechaKucha Night Huddle held in Kyoto in October 2015. 

This was "Presentation of the Day" on May 20th, 2017.

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Urban Sketching

@ VOL 8 ON FEB 07, 2017

What is USK, its origins, its manifesto and what Cambridge urban sketchers do. Yasemin Gyford explores the magic of sketching on location with others and talks about sharing with the world online.

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Drawing is easy

@ VOL 1 ON FEB 27, 2017

How to enjoy drawing? How to learn drawing and do we really need to learn? Dmitry Boiko will tell how to make drawing an integral part of your life.

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Urban Sketchers

@ VOL 16 ON NOV 10, 2017

Urban Sketchers is a relatively new phenomenon that’s getting people drawing together around the world. Townsville has a group too and it’s recently celebrated its first birthday!

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@ VOL 48 ON DEC 12, 2018

Louis Basile reflects on the importance of hobbies, and how drawing has helped him to live with chronic pain.

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Drawing to Document

@ VOL 10 ON JUL 27, 2019

The act of drawing is imbued with power: we draw to see, to record, to understand, to shape the world. Reflecting on her experiences documenting street protests, election rallies, and gatherings through on-site sketching, Charis Loke speaks about the importance of drawing - for anyone, everyone - as a way to bear witness and be in the world. 

Charis Loke is an illustrator and educator based in Penang. Drawing upon literature and visual culture, she evokes wonder and curiosity through stories. She's also Comics + Illustrations Editor at New Naratif where she commissions and works with Southeast Asian artists.

A former resident artist at Rimbun Dahan, Charis also makes illustrated microfiction inspired by SEA when she's not working on publishing or nonprofit projects. She designs geeky baju, sketched the 14th General Elections, and explained asexuality by way of sambal. Her work has been recognized by the Society of Illustrators Los Angeles and shown at Light Grey Art Lab as well as other galleries around the world.