Interpretive Touch Drawing

 

By Deborah Koff-Chapin

Through the immediacy of Touch Drawing, I am able to visually portray the content and feeling-tone of a lecture, poetry reading, meeting or musical performance. I create 6-9 drawings per hour. I love the collaborative nature of the experience. I have done this for over 600 different presenters. Scroll down to see galleries. See a full list of events and presenters for whom I have drawn.

 
You can order signed, archival fine art prints in a range of sizes. The recent galleries have an order link on each image. If not, write down the ID Code and order Fine Art Prints. All images ©Deborah Koff-Chapin. For permission to reproduce or to purchase an original, contact The Center for Touch Drawing.

Upcoming: Deborah will be Interpretive Artist at the Co-Creative Spirituality Conference at the Findhorn Foundation in Scotland September 2018, and at The Parliament of the World’s Religions in Toronto November 2018.  


 

  • Touch Drawing at Y-We Write Camp with Young Women Empowered - Young Women Empowered and Hedgebrook team up each summer for an amazing leadership and creative writing summer camp on Whidbey Island, WA. This is a weeklong exploration of young women’s voices, stories, dreams and talents. Young women ages 14-19 work with professional read more...
  • Dawn of Interspirituality – Amanecer de la Inter-espiritualidad - San Jose Costa Rica March 12-16, 2018 See the full English/Spanish conference program booklet Welcoming statement by William Keepin and Cynthia Brix, Conveners of the Dawn of Interspirituality Conference series "Thank you for making the effort to join this conference, read more...
  • International Expressive Art Therapy Association Conference 2017 - INDIGENOUS ROOTS OF EXPRESSIVE ARTS  Transformation, Social Justice and Social Change The International Expressive Arts Therapy Association (IEATA) and the Winnipeg Holistic Expressive Arts Therapy Institute (WHEAT) collaborated to co-host the IEATA 12th Biennial Conference. It was held in Winnipeg, read more...
  • Gaianeering Conference - A conference of hope and wholeness focusing on the pioneering work of forming partnerships with the multiple dimensions of Earth's living ecologies. This effort is called  Gaianeering - exploring collaboration with:  • The life and intelligences of nature • Subtle read more...
  • Drawing During Drumming w/Arthur Hull at Expressive Therapies LA Summit - This was memorable - doing Touch Drawing in the center of who-knows-how-many drummers, percussionists & dancers! We also had a group of Touch Drawers around the edge of the circle - my long-time friends Katrina Plato, Shemaya Blauer and Mukti Khanna. The evening read more...
  • Women of Wisdom Conference Retrospective – 1995 to 2017 - Each year at the opening night of the Women of Wisdom Conference in Seattle, I carry my Touch Drawing materials into the meeting hall and set up my portable studio on the floor. As the music begins, I feel the rising joy. In read more...
  • Standing Strong - This is not an easy image. We are not in easy times. I created this drawing during the Indigenous Day of Action as a part of Break Free Pacific Northwest. I carried my Touch Drawing materials on the three-mile “Procession for Future Generations”. People from read more...
  • The story behind an image in Opening to Love, a SoulTouch Coloring Journal - The immediacy and spontaneity of Touch Drawing has allowed me to draw in so many settings. Over the years I have developed an overwhelming archive of drawings created during talks by some of the inspiring thought and spirit leaders of read more...
  • Parliament of the World’s Religions - October 15 - 19, 2015 Salt Lake City, Utah, USA The Parliament is the oldest, the largest, and the most inclusive gathering of people of all faiths and traditions. The first Parliament took place in 1893. Since, this historic event has taken read more...
  • Israeli/Palestinian Relations - This series was created during a talk at by Yehezkel Landau on Israeli/Palestinian relations. This presentation includes notes on what he was saying while I drew each image. Find out more about his work here www.friendsofopenhouse.org. I embellished the drawings read more...
  • Whidbey Winter Gathering 2015 - THE DECISIVE DECADE SERIES Where Do We Go From Here? Thursday, January 29 – Sunday, February 1, 2015 Whidbey Institute on Whidbey Island, Washington We are in the fifth year of what we have come to call “The Decisive Decade,” and read more...
  • New Story Summit at Findhorn Foundation in Scotland - From September 27– October 3, 2014, the Findhorn Foundation and Community hosted its most ambitious event to-date, the week-long ‘New Story Summit: Inspiring Pathways for our Planetary Future’ – a multi-generational, multi-cultural, global dialogue into the co-creation of a coherent read more...
  • Creative Transformation of Trauma: An Evening Of Story, Art, Music -  This moving evening performance featured artists who have turned their experiences of trauma and those of others around the globe into works of art. As intepretive artist, Deborah Koff-Chapin created a series of Touch Drawings during each presenter, translating their content read more...
  • US Systemic Constellations Conference 2013 - As intepretive artist, Deborah Koff-Chapin created Touch Drawings during many presentations, translating their content into images. See 81 drawings she created in the galleries below. Order signed fine art prints in a range of sizes & prices from $30 via the order link read more...
  • Dawn of Interspirituality Conference 2013 -   This was a seminal conference with religious leaders from all over the world exploring the common core truths of all faiths, newly emerging forms of spirituality, and the fruits of 30 years of the Snowmass Conferences. As intepretive artist, Deborah Koff-Chapin read more...
  • Fairy and Human Relations Congress June 2011 - The Fairy & Human Relations Congress is an annual event that attracts about 300 people in the North Central Cascades in Washington State. The Congress is Dedicated to Promoting Communication and Co-Creation with Nature Spirits, Devas and the Faery Realms. read more...
  • A Celebration of the Tree of Life in the Time of the Great Turning - Presented by the Tree of Life Project, Saint Mark's Cathedral, Rite of Passage Journeys A wonderful opportunity to connect with each other as Earth Community is coming up in a few weeks. Community Singing For Life Passages, sponsored by Rite read more...
  • Kaiser Institute’s Two Worlds Wisdom Gathering -   A Journey Into the Laws of Abundance  These Touch Drawings were created during the third annual gathering of Kaiser Institute’s Two Worlds Wisdom School. You are welcome to save these images to your desktop and share them with others read more...
  • International Conference on Engaging the Other 2008 - The Power of Compassion  This is an international, multidisciplinary, multicultural conference examining concepts of "The OTHER" from a universal, cross-cultural perspective to promote wider public dialogue about images of "Us and Them". 20% of proceeds from the sale of prints read more...
  • Seeds of Compassion ’08 - Spirituality & Youth Dialogue: Interspiritual Panel Discussion With His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and other spiritual leaders April 15, 2008  Anchored by the deep wisdom of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, this community–focused event celebrated and explored read more...
  • International Conference on Engaging the Other 2007 - The Power of Compassion October 25-28 2007 Dearborn, Michigan Sponsored by Common Bond Institute http://www.cbiworld.org It was an honor to do Interpretive Touch Drawing at the second International Conference on Engaging the Other. If you attended the conference, you can read more...
  • Spirit of Legacy Program 2007 - Resurgence of Hope & The Powers of the Universe The Resurgence of Hope with Brian Swimme & Mary Evelyn Tucker At the Whidbey Institute, Clinton Washington on October 15, 2007 We know that we live in the midst of the read more...
  • International Expressive Art Therapy Association - Conference May 23-27, 2007 Boone, North Carolina   Drawings were created during plenary sessions of the conference entitled Expressive Arts and the Earth: Ancient Mountains, Whispering Waters, Sacred Stones. The International Expressive Arts Therapy Association serves as a non-profit professional organization to read more...
  • Two Worlds Wisdom Gathering - Kaiser Institute These Touch Drawings were created during the first gathering of Kaiser Institute’s Two Worlds Wisdom School. You are welcome to save these images to your desktop and share them with others to communicate the spirit of our event. read more...
  • International Conference on Engaging the Other 2006 - The Power of Compassion October 26-29 2006 Kalamazoo, Michigan  Sponsored by Common Bond Institute http://www.cbiworld.org It was an honor to do Interpretive Touch Drawing at the International Conference on Engaging the Other. If you attended the conference, you can use read more...
  • Patient-Family Centered Care: Body, Mind, Spirit - Serving with Compassion and Intention  Summit 2006  Ranch Capistrano Retreat Center  San Juan Capistrano, CA September 12-14, 2006  Through the immediacy of Touch Drawing, I created images that reflect the content and feeling-tone of the Summit meeting. It was a read more...
  • World Peace Forum - International Panel: Parliamentarians Supporting Departments of Peace in Their Countries Global Alliance for Ministries and Departments of Peace Vancouver BC, Canada June 25, 2006   I was honored to draw at this seminal event of government representatives who are working to read more...
  • Sacred Activism Conference - It was an honor to do Interpretive Touch Drawing at Wisdom University's first Sacred Activism Conference May 11-13, 2006. If you attended the conference, you can use these images to bring back the feeling-tone of each keynote presentation. If you read more...
  • Peace Works Conference - Cultivating a Just and Enduring Peace for the People of Palestine and Israel. Deborah drew during the keynote presentation by Arun Gandhi, grandson of Mahatma Gandhi. His talk was entitled Building a Culture of Peace in our Families, our Community and our read more...
  • Burning Word 06 - The Festival of Poetic Fire! A dynamic, all-day celebration of poetry, music, performance, and workshops, featuring more than 45 talented poets and musicians, ranging from renowned award-winning poets to hot new talents. 20% of the proceeds from the sale of read more...
  • Visioning Retreats - Deborah often partners with Kaiser Institute at visioning retreats for hospital executives, managers and consultants. This is an example of one such project. Many of the drawings created during the PSI retreat were used to weave a mythic story for read more...
  • Rumi Celebration – Poetry, Music & Whirling - Chan Center, UBC, Vancouver BC Canada  I was invited by my dear friends Kolin Lymworth and Lizanne Fisher to draw at the 35th Anniversary Celebration of Banyen Books. A star studded evening included recitations of Rumi by poet/translators Robert Bly read more...
  • David Spangler – The Soul of America - I find David Spangler's thoughts to hold an essential understanding of what it is to be human from the perspective of a greater universe. I embellished these drawings with color after, and donated the originals to a fundraising auction for read more...
  • Gather the Women - Gather the Women is much more than a single event or a single day to focus on women -- it is a global movement and a structure that can support and connect women worldwide. I created these drawings during their read more...
  • Spiritual Warrior - with James Twyman Spiritual Warrior 1 Class December 12, 2002 Spiritual Warrior 2 Class December 19, 2002 Spiritual Warrior 3 Class January 2, 2003 These drawings were created during a live tele-class with James Twyman. Class members can view the read more...

 

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