Create to Connect

Create to Connect, Day 5 – #TextureHunterGatherer

Liz Atkin is an artist and mental health advocate based in London. She has Compulsive Skin Picking, a complex physical and mental disorder, but she reimagines the body-focused repetitive behaviour and anxiety into drawings and photographs. Liz raises awareness for Compulsive Skin Picking, and has given away more than 18,000 free #CompulsiveCharcoal newspaper drawings to commuters on public transport around the world. Liz has started focusing on tiny texture details on her daily exercise walk to keep present, grounded and in the moment.

Become a #TextureHunterGatherer wherever you are. Notice tiny texture details by seeing or feeling them, and capture them however you like – in a photograph, quick sketch or in writing. Can you find interesting textures in nature or in your home? What can you see or feel in your food, clothes, wallpaper…?

If you have more time … 
Could you create drawings, paintings and prints of the textures that have caught your attention?

What words would you use to describe the textures? How did you find the experience?

Share your work in a way that works for you – online or offline. You could join our friendly Facebook group, keep a journal, share in a WhatsApp group, with your friends and family, or on social media. The choice is yours.

Find and follow Liz Atkin on:

Instagram: @Liz­_Atkin

Twitter: @Lizatkin