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Volume 17, Issue 2
  • ISSN: 1474-273X
  • E-ISSN: 2040-0896



This article describes and evaluates an inquiry into the meaning and value of sketchbooks for students and faculty on an MFA programme in Visual Communication at a major Thai university. Methodologically, the inquiry rests upon an extended period of participant observation by the author. This was informed by a phenomenological approach to the apprehension of subjective and intersubjective experience. Conversational data from studio discussions was synthesized with a large body of example sketchbook pages and writings produced by the participants. This material served as the basis for theory production influenced by grounded theory. The outcome of the inquiry is a re-conceptualization of the sketchbook in terms of the various encounters that it affords and the roles that these might play in the development of creative practice.


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