a : a number symbol
c : a written or printed character
a : a geometric form
a person, thing, or action representative of another
b : an intentional deviation from the ordinary form or syntactical relation of words
an often repetitive pattern or design in a manufactured article (as cloth) or natural product (as wood)
Along with our web-based Archive, The Draftery publishes Figures1, a printed biannual in which a small number of drafters are curated around a specific theme. Each issue of Figures opens with an editorial statement and an essay on drawing from one of the drafters.
Following this often personal thought process, we present a series of drawings that respond to the essay through their techniques, processes, and visual rhetoric. While we open with words, we let the drawings speak for themselves.
1 Used like a noun: individually, we refer to them as Figure (01, 02, 03, etc.), but collectively, they’re referred to as Figures.