Laterality Reviewed

A Commentary on a Series of Drawing and Writing Experiments in Relation to Iain McGilchrist's Research on Hemispheric Lateralisation

  • Harriet Edwards Royal College of Art


Drawing is a universe - generous, pliable, amenable and able to speak for itself. The author’s PhD project, Design Leads (2012), addressed how design students conveyed ‘supra-rational’ modes of practice (intuitive, tacit, material and so forth) through drawing. The research asked: what did experiments in drawing and writing, performed within a group context, reveal about rhythms of design practice? And how might such drawing-designing modes impact on writing practices? This summary describes those rhythms of practice and the correlation with McGilchrist’s picture of ‘right hemisphere’ behaviour. It continues with examples of drawings and writings produced.

How to Cite
EDWARDS, Harriet. Laterality Reviewed. TRACEY, [S.l.], v. 9, n. 2, p. 1-24, dec. 2014. ISSN 1742-3570. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 18 june 2019.