Art Workshops

Making Nature tiles, was a great workshop that allowed participants to pick plants and flowers from nature. This made them think about textures and composition as colours will not come up in the casted imprint. 

To make these, I allowed them to explore there environment and pick a few small things to place and push into a small square cut piece of clay. 

Once they were happy with where they have placed there plants, they could then lift them off the clay leaving an imprint, which then allowed them to think about layers and creating an image from what they could see. 

Leave are particularly interesting as once you use a flower you can remove them and place the leaf in or around for the background which leaves a nice vein imprint. When they were happy with the image, we made a little wall around the tile with more clay, making sure it was sealed up, and then we mixed plaster of paris and poured this in and waited for it to set. 

I have experimented with cement mix and plaster of paris to create an interesting marble effect and a light grey tile where the embossed image came out very nicely. 

This turned out to be a very relaxing workshop, and I felt that the participants really enjoyed spending some time looking at the different plants and observing their textures and shapes. 

Painting Workshops

During the Easter/ Spring break I have been working on a few different workshops for young people and adults. 

I’ve been particularly interested in pigments and using natural materials to make paints. I’ve been exploring this process using old bricks, slate stones, sand stone, granite and different types of soil to see what colours can be picked up and out of these. 

By crushing and grinding these down to a powder I’ve seen some wonderful warm and cool earthy tones. 

I am now currently working on plant based pigments, such as drying out flowers or vegetables (like beetroot) and crushing them up to make different colours. 

A post truth

Imagine a place where everything we believe in was fake, the foundations of our world, our past; history. Everything that was created by us, in order to control or create a world tailored to certain individuals in search of power. Imagine if Fantasy was needed for us to realise the fake, and perhaps places like lego lands and disney land, were the only true places that exposed our existence. I’ve been looking a lot into post truth, but also trying to see the links between this and art, here is my discussion in the link below on my older blog.

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