Wednesday, 2 January 2013

Boxpark Xmas Workshop!

Another excellent year lies before us and I cant wait to see what we all get up to and the new people to work with!

[Dear blogger, my new years resolution will be to look after you much more regularly and keep you in the loop with my goings on!]

But first here's a final project on my contribution to 2012...

I collaborated with the Jester Jacques gallery to run a Xmas themed Print Workshop for the lovely members of the public at Boxpark. [Most of them apart from YOU that is] [of course not]

Karen -the owner- is a great curator/organiser/planner, and it was her concept and contacts to do something live for the public at Boxpark. We brainstormed together and we set out to do something fun, xmas themed, but that also showcases the Gallery itself, our [my] skills as an image maker but also teaches people how easy it can be to get into printmaking.
I was asked to prepare everything that was needed.
I made 4 amazing lino cuts,  and 6 spray paint stencils especially xmas themed for the event

out of all the brilliant things i came up with, designed, drew cut into paper or lino
after hours of careful planning
the most popular was my cute picture of a cat.

from now on im thinking about just drawing cats. fuck it

We showed 3 processes that can be done at home, inexpensively and inspire people with how to mix those processes and used these to not only create some amazing prints, but as a xmas card format! 

Lino cut / mono print / Spray paint stencil

We also brilliantly got the well experienced hands of Nathan Gotlib involved! who brought down some Solar Plates, which like lino cut is a relief printing process, but completely different, to give an indication of the brilliant other goodies you can get involved with. 

These are some of the participants prints, the whole event ties beautifully into my creative philosophy of limitations being liberating. with the potential for one colour on the linocut, what else can you acheive through this limitation?
it forces you to be a bit cheeky / experimental and really be creative.

By this limitation we explored things like colour blends, offsetting,  cross process or combining media.
An excellent day out, was very rewarding sharing some of the things i loved and advising people what to get and how to do it when asked about doing it themselves.

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