Zaffy has always used art as a coping mechanism and now understands that
it can play a huge part in enabling autistic people to express themselves and to cope with their daily lives.
“I would always have a sketchbook in public places – when it became too much I would scribble with both hands.
There’s so much electricity going through you, you just need to do something,” Zaffy explains.
“When I can sit and scribble and don’t have to engage with people talking, it acts like a channel and I can listen to the conversation without overloading. I can even join in!”
Zaffy’s art is usually created out of a need to synesthise sensory information in ways that make it manageable.
Drawing in situations where there is a lot of input makes it possible for Zaffy to take part, and to avoid the extremely uncomfortable experience of overwhelm.
The works of art you see in his gallery are originals created by Zaffy at times when there has been a potential for great stress.
Zaffy will have used two pencils and whatever paper came to hand.
The drawings you see are in their raw state.
They are not for sale as they are. However, should you wish to own a piece of Zaffy’s original art, this is entirely possible!
Zaffy will have to do some work on the drawing of your choice to ‘clean it up’ and prepare it to go into print.
You will find these drawings in his drawing gallery.