Drawing a line in space

As part of her Exploring Drawing Media course OCA student Susan Askew is asking for your help in fulfilling her project idea for the exercise to draw a line in a space so that it impacts on the space.

In settle, North Yorkshire a 150 year old beech tree is under threat of being cut down. It is not diseased. It has a preservation order on it. Nevertheless the rugby club adjacent has applied for, and been granted permission to cut it down because they say its roots are in the way of levelling the corner of the rugby pitch. There is a local campaign to stop tree being destroyed. Tree lovers, of whom I am one, suggest an alternative way of levelling and stay of execution temporarily granted. The tree is on public footpath not on actual rugby club ground.

Here is my proposal: rope twined around endangered beech and other beeches along the footpath. 150 messages/poems/drawings attached to rope – one for each year of it’s life.

Could you help? If so could you send me a drawing/message/poem for beech tree. I will laminate and attach to rope. Perhaps max size around A5 – smaller also fine. Any medium/any paper: eg ink/collage/oil/pencil/papier-mâché

I will photo all contributions and put them up on my blog and I will also photo the installation and feature it there.

Please write your full name or first name or pseudonym on front of your work.

I am thinking something quick that might take 15 mins max

Please write with any questions and to get my address – susan514652@oca.ac.uk

My blog address is susanaskewdrawing.wordpress.com

Also published on Medium.


  1. P Vincent 22 March 2018 at 12:31 pm

    Just a thought, but perhaps this new Augmented Reality app from google might also work well as a sideline for this project: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.arexperiments.justaline&rdid=com.arexperiments.justaline – it allows you to draw virtual lines in space and share the results online. Using this for a just cause could attract a lot of attention through social media, with it being a new app, and contrast against the more flippant uses portrayed in the promo video…

  2. Catherine 22 March 2018 at 1:30 pm

    That’s the kind of line I like very much. A wonderfully creative idea. Also, are you on Instagram Susan – that could be a good way to send a message. It reminds me of this as well – https://www.instagram.com/thebroccolitree/.

    That app looks a good one as well Paul. Is it just for android phones.

  3. Catherine 22 March 2018 at 1:31 pm

    Oh – I just checked. That app is android. there’s obviously an opportunity there for someone to create one for iOS. !!


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