Colossal will be at Native Makers December 2018

Colossal is a new improvised mobile mini screen-printing unit run by myself and my teenage son William. Recently, I have developed my practice to fit a smaller scale, and Will works alongside me to make it happen. We want to make screenprinting accessible so we can engage with the creative community that surrounds us in a lighthearted, fun and engaging way.

Colossal sell brightly coloured geometric fine art prints, cards and bags. During events, they make new prints on their custom-made screen bed showing off the screen printing process to whoever wants to watch or take part. They will offer the opportunity for people to make a simple mini screen print at their stand during set times. Native Makers is at Ocean Studios in the Royal Wiliam Yard on 8-9th December, 2018.

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Masters in printmaking

 I am about to submerge myself in a Masters Degree. I am open to possibilities and exploring my research which begins with the female form in industrial roles. Wish me luck

I am about to submerge myself in a Masters Degree. I am open to possibilities and exploring my research which begins with the female form in industrial roles. Wish me luck

Colossal

Colossal is a new improvised mobile mini screen-printing unit run by myself and my teenage son William. Recently, I have developed my practice to fit a smaller scale, and her Will works alongside me to make it happen. We want to make screenprinting accessible so we can engage with the creative community that surrounds us in a lighthearted, fun and engaging way.

Colossal sell brightly coloured geometric fine art prints, cards and bags. During events, they make new prints on their custom-made screen bed showing off the screen printing process to whoever wants to watch or take part.

You can find us at Native Makers on 8/9 Dec 2018! come and make something with us.

 Will starting some screen-printing

Will starting some screen-printing

 Will showing Alan Qualtrough the power of Colossal

Will showing Alan Qualtrough the power of Colossal

 This is our improvised mini screen printing unit called Colossal

This is our improvised mini screen printing unit called Colossal

Working creatively with children and young people

Screen printing onto T-shirts

 The children work together on all aspects of the printmaking process

The children work together on all aspects of the printmaking process

 Helping each other

Helping each other

 Unique and expressive designs

Unique and expressive designs

 Learning new ways to be creative

Learning new ways to be creative

 Lots of practical skills to learn

Lots of practical skills to learn

Working with clay

I wanted to see what the possibilities are working in clay

 Surface imprints

Surface imprints

 Textures from natural objects like mesh, lace, twigs.

Textures from natural objects like mesh, lace, twigs.

 Taking my shapes into a and working with them three dimensionally

Taking my shapes into a and working with them three dimensionally

Traditional Etching

I have been spending some time this Summer with the very experienced printmaker Mary Gillet. She has been teaching me sugar lift etching at her workshop in Tavistock, Devon. See the pictures for the story.

 After applying the sugar lift and drying it I cover the zinc plate with varnish and put in boiling water.

After applying the sugar lift and drying it I cover the zinc plate with varnish and put in boiling water.

 in the nitric acid

in the nitric acid

 after they have been acid etched

after they have been acid etched

 Ink up and ready to print

Ink up and ready to print

 My first printed proof - nice and clean!

My first printed proof - nice and clean!

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Show me your glow

Recently I went to Glasgow International Art Festival.

 Show me your Glow, Ciara Phillips.

Show me your Glow, Ciara Phillips.

 Large scale woodcuts by Ciara Phillips.

Large scale woodcuts by Ciara Phillips.

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 Sophie Tauber Arp. Constructing Patterns.

Sophie Tauber Arp. Constructing Patterns.

Mark Making/ Drawing Symposium 2018

Last Friday was all about mark making at Ocean Studios for ‘The Embodied Experience of Drawing’ One-Day Symposium. Thank you to the organisers Marie Taylor & Beth Heaney who posed the questions below:

Drawing as embodied experience: What do we mean by embodied? If we take it to mean simply the union of body and mind, what are the possibilities/limits when this is challenged? Does drawing have the capacity to give us a sense of existence?

Drawing as a voice: If we consider that body and language have the ‘voice’ in common, and similarly suggest that drawing relates to the body and language, how does the use/philosophical theories of the voice relate to the gestural act of performative drawing? Exploring the paradoxical relation between the voice and the body, how might we experience unconscious emotions through voice and drawing – the visible or invisible?

Drawing as performance: Where does it live: as a trace in the mind, an archived documentation or both? 

Drawing as knowledge: Is it tacit knowledge, or a newly encountered embodied experience? Is it a proxy to thinking, can drawing itself think?

Drawing’s place, space and temporality: Considering drawing’s state of flux and ambiguity, what, where or when is drawing’s place? How are spatial temporal conditions contingent to the embodied experience?

 

 My body drawing/ drawing the body. My blind marks.

My body drawing/ drawing the body. My blind marks.

 Lying down drawing around my body accompanied by music and lots of other artists doing the same thing at the same time. Intuitive marks in charcol.

Lying down drawing around my body accompanied by music and lots of other artists doing the same thing at the same time. Intuitive marks in charcol.

 the two pieces I chose to discuss. Internal dialogues with my marks and I wonder what they are telling me?   

the two pieces I chose to discuss. Internal dialogues with my marks and I wonder what they are telling me?

 

 Kim Nguyen Performance was impactful.

Kim Nguyen Performance was impactful.

 Learning and experiencing which parts of the brain engaged when drawing.

Learning and experiencing which parts of the brain engaged when drawing.

 Women in flat advertising images. seeing them a living breathing human beings with Lucy Russel RA. Collaborative drawing and considering our role in each image.

Women in flat advertising images. seeing them a living breathing human beings with Lucy Russel RA. Collaborative drawing and considering our role in each image.