Drawing Circle 2 Mini Exhibition and the Opening Party

It was a wrap. This is the end of second year of the drawing circle, and I am happy to say that am glad I initiated the circle two years ago. Thank you for all sketchers, contributors and special thanks to James Johnson-Perkins for the music. I hope you all had a good time!! Links and some prep posters leading to the event as follow. Check out the time lapse video too, an embedded Youtube video.  The sketches will be exhibited at the gallery until June 10th, feel free to pop in. Click here for more information about what is the circle all about.

dwg circle exhibition_1_2+BLURB












Continue Reading

Research seminar: Friday, May 26th

A quick heads up about an upcoming research seminar on a short paper I just submitted. It is part of my methodology exploration of my PhD project, illustrating a possible use of developed JavaScript program of adapted coding schemes. The developed scheme recognises distinctive processes within Cognition, Body and Environment categories. Linkography can be drawn within these categories with degree of flexibility in terms of data presentation. In this paper, a forty-five minute verbal data derived from a sketching session is used to illustrate to possible use of the program. The online program (hosted in Github) is in early stage of development and feedback is very much appreciated.

Date & time: 26 May (Friday) 2-3pm

Venue: PMB (previously SEB) 409, University of Nottingham Ningbo China

Topic: Cognition beyond Designers’ Thoughts, an Aid to Investigate the Interplay of External and Internal Processes


Note: the first program was developed last year to help to illustrate links between design moves, click here for more information. It is based on Linkography (developed by Gabriela Goldschmit), but in a very basic term. The program generates links’ illustration between moves rather than inferring links manually.

Big thank you to Haozhe Zhang.

Continue Reading

Drawing Circle 2 Exhibition- Venue

Map to the exhibition venue (an alley opposite Incity- Yinzhou district):


“Visual brain spew in a collective sketchbook!” is what the Drawing Circle in a nutshell.

SAVE THE DATE: 27 May 2017 at 6:30-8:30pm for the opening party. It is open to public and free admission, drinks can be purchase on the spot. Meet the sketchers (first and second year) and like minded people. The event is supported by Plus- furnishing and decor art and myself as the curator. All artworks courtesy (and made by) 12+1 sketchers who shared the same sketchbook for the last year.

The 12 sketchers are: Clotilde Sun, Yasmin Morgan, Esther Li, Jasmin Song, Zhan Xu, Elenor Smith & Elsa Smith, Kashan Sing, Troy Chen, Jon Castro, Gabriella Buttarazzi, Amarpreet Gill and Garima Gupta.

About the exhibition: This mini exhibition is fruit of the collective and collaborative effort of 13 sketchers (the loving sisters Elenor and Elsa shared the book) over a one year period. The drawing circle idea is: 12 sketchers, sharing the same sketchbook, with each sketcher keeping the book for a month. Afterwards, the book was passed to the next person until the end of the year.

Link to the Drawing Circle page  click here

Link to an introduction of the second year in Ningbo Guide June 2016 click here

A glimpse of the exhibition venue click here.

Link to previous event last year, the Ningbo Local Drawing Circle 1 mini exhibition (photography and video) click here

When the Drawing Circle was started in March 2015. It was adopted from Brew Drawing Circles. click here.


The second year’s sketchbook video (YouTube):

Bye for now and hope to see you there. Mia.

Continue Reading

Drawing Circle 2 Mini Exhibition- Sneak Preview

The second year of Ningbo Local Drawing Circle is coming to an end soon. Similarly with last year, we will be exhibiting the work which has been produced by 12 sketchers + 1 montage work as an introduction to the second year. The plan is before the summer break starts, the opening party will be on May 27th. An exclusive sneak preview of the gallery/design company/cafe; Plus- furnishing decoration and art; is here. This is going to be the end of the local drawing circle journey for me, hopefully we will see you there! Similarly, there will be an opening party and it will be opened for public. Stay tuned for more details of the event.

Click here for what is Drawing Circle year 1 and year 2 all about.

resized_P3280647 resized_P3280651 resized_P3280652 resized_P3280659 resized_P3280661 resized_P3280666 resized_P3280641

Note: Last year’s opening party coverage and timelapse can be found here.

Continue Reading

Drawing Circle 1 mini exhibition 22 October: Maps and pictures.

I cobbled together an overall map to show where the exhibition place (Da Bu Li Yuan) is and a more detailed map. It is not far from Shangrila Hotel, Ningbo.

Please ask the taxi driver to drop you at Dabu Park (Dabu Gong Yuan), 48 Dabu Street (Dabu Jie). Jump off, go through the park until you see a Chinese flag on the sky and walk further until you find an access door to Da Bu Li Yuan. The place is a gem in the middle of the city, trust me. Follow the map with pictures. That’s the easiest way to get there, although not the only one. Any queries, please do not hesitate to contact me via Wechat ID: miatedjosaputro .

22 October, the opening party will start at 5pm. Until 7pm. Free admission; booze and other drinks are available for purchase. Weather permitting, we will have a beer garden set up.

22 October- 5 November, you can drop everyday from 10:30 to 22:00, but the access door from park won’t be opened. Go through the park until you find another park’s exit, and turn right (Nandabu Alley). See the last picture on this article.

Information about the Ningbo Local Drawing Circle can be found here. The event only exhibits the first year drawing circle’s sketches (of 12 sketchers), individual posts can be found on the same page, here. Please scroll down. Doodles courtesy of 12 sketchers.

20161009_zoom out + in map 20161009_map with picture20161005_dwg circle 1 low NOTICE ON THE DOOR low The last picture is if a notice if you’d like to come from October 10th – November 5th but the access door from Dabu Park is closed. Carry on walking until you find another entrance which will lead you to Nandabu Alley, then turn right.


Continue Reading

The Drawing Circle mini exhibition’s party: October 22nd

Mark the date guys, October the 22nd! I have posted about the quirky establishment (click here) which will be the venue of the mini exhibition. Lovely lovely place downtown, perched in the middle of city’s hustle and bustle. The October 22nd is the opening party, and the drawings will be exhibited for the next two weeks. Each sketchers’ selected doodles will be displayed, and there will be a couple of artists exhibiting their projects too. We might purchase some beer and finger food from the bar; and we will turn the outdoor bit into a beer garden on that Saturday (weather permitting). Stay tuned for more details.

Would like to sponsor us? Ping me.

Would like to give us a hand with the prep? Ping me.

Continue Reading

Life Cycle 6: 4 days ride

Life Cycle 6 China: Cycling for Education Equity.

Yes we made it. University of Nottingham Ningbo China (UNNC)’s provost Chris Rudd was accompanied by nine riders (including myself) and embraced 535km bicycle journey. Ended up with 560km at the end. What was the route? It was a tour of Zhejiang province: Ningbo- Shaoxing- Hangzhou- Zhuji- Tiantai- Sanmen-Ninghai- and back to the university.

Life Cycle is an annual campaign event in University of Nottingham UK, and this year is UNNC’s second year. History of Life Cycle events for the last six years, click here.

UNNC Life Cycle 6: For some cheeky updates about pre-rides, prep and the four days ride; follow the journey on #unnclifecycle6 (in F*cebook) or #unnclifecycle6 (in Inst*gram).

Click here to meet the team and ways to donate. Image courtesy of Tao Wu and the university’s website.

Six minutes Youtube video is embedded as below.

Here are screenshots of the Insta feed (updated after the event).

insta latest 1 insta latest 2 insta latest 3

Continue Reading

Angklung goes to HD Ningbo

An article written by me about a fun afternoon introducing angklung, a traditional bamboo shaker instrument. Commonly found in South East Asia including Indonesia, we (GKI and Djas Merah) hoped that our audience enjoyed the sound of angklung. As Indonesian, I had a go since I was a little kid in elementary school. Please get in touch if you want to learn more about angklung ([email protected]) and hope you have a pleasant read. Bye for now.

Continue Reading