When I turned eleven-years-old and I was given a sketchpad and some pencils and I started my first sketchbook. Three decades later I have a collection of 53 sketchbooks that chart the course of my education, career and personal life.

The pencils have long since been replaced, some of the colours used until they we’re only a few centimetres long, except greens, they always lasted longer for some reason?

But the sketchbooks I still have, all neatly stored together, dated, ordered and very well used. They are precious and private, or they were until 2016 when I decided to do a talk about the work at an event called PechaKucha. You can listen and watch here.

PechaKucha is a style or presentation developed by two architects in Japan in 2003 with slides that automatically scroll after 20 seconds each. The initial idea was to streamline long design presentations. Sessions soon became PechaKucha Nights, the first in Tokyo, then around the world. Today, more than 50,000 people present more than 1,100 global PechaKucha Nights every year.

You can read more about how this all came about on the Neotists website.