The overlooked details found on a daily walk or favourite place combined with the use of found materials can be rich resources for inspiration. Find beauty and meaning in things retrieved from the everyday connection to the built and natural elements of landscape
Take the fear out of creating a sketchbook or journal. Explore creative ways of developing ideas through mixed media including dyeing and staining pages, drawing with found objects, stitching and layering to open up the thought processes to the creation of your own work.
In this workshop we will work with both paper and fabric and the integration of these two materials. Through a variety of exercises we will explore visual and physical layering and experiment with different collage techniques. The handling of materials – the cutting, tearing, overlapping and arranging bits and pieces into a whole – reinforces the importance of the process. And this spontaneous hands-on way of working helps developing an intuitive feeling for composition.
We will use text as a visual means of communication and work with non-traditional ‘tools’ for writing and mark making.
SOLAR PLATE ETCHING: is a quick, simple and safe alternative to traditional etching. Rather than acids, all that is needed is the UV rays of the sun to etch a plate. Your image is applied onto transparent film, then exposed to the sun for 2.30 min. A built in photo sensitive emulsion hardens the image in the sun. The plate is then washed in water revealing your image ready for printing on the etching press. Emphasis will be on creating images using elements from the natural world. Existing illustrations from nature on clear film will be used with natural elements such as leaves, flowers, feathers, lace. Many applications of colour rolled onto the plate will result in a stunning portfolio of prints.
Repeat Handblock Printing using Shaped Blocks
Print your own fabric and paper by designing your own collection of shaped lino blocks! Create these blocks using positive/negative designs and learn to plan, cut and shape them for continuous block printing.
Over the weekend, you will be able to work from your own ideas or be guided through the steps of composition, image making and colour combining. There will be lots of scope for getting creative, for handblocking onto fabrics, gift wrap and wallpaper, making fat quarters and sharing ideas.
You will be supplied with lino, fabric inks and small lengths of wall and wrapping paper.