I am starting to get into a flow now in this large scale drawing series; being introduced to Derwent XL graphite/charcoal blocks has allowed me to experiment and push the surface qualities evident in the derelict buildings I find so intriguing.
Having shaped my recent practice around my full time job and family, my work has become smaller and digital but still about accidental markmaking and print surfaces. I am really enjoying the freedom of gesture in working large scale and realise the sensory process of creating drawing needs that tactile experience to feel fully immersive.
Now that my garage wall has a space large enough for the Atlantis ‘giant’ watercolour paper I think that the fun is just beginning….
‘Beyond the Wall’ is a collaborative project between lead artists Helen Garbett and Karen Wicks, Riverside House Community Interest Company, the Artists Workhouse in Studley, Kristi Tait and students at Shetland College and 3 other artists, Bill Laybourne, Jo Walton and Dawn Harris.
The Riverside group of young people with learning disabilities and autism and their volunteer assistants were supported to initiate and curate the project, selecting and circulating objects they found at Bradley Old Iron Works, a derelict but historically significant 19th century iron manufactory located in Stourbridge, West Midlands, exhibiting the artefacts and artwork at the end of the project.
Almost three years since I first stumbled across the eerie site of what was a WW1 military hospital on Cannock Chase, a permanent archive and touring exhibition has been created this month at the Museum of Cannock Chase to celebrate the memories of the mining community who made the place home between the 1940’s and 1950’s.
It has been a real privilege to work with residents of the village and to be given permission to use their archive photographs to recreate images of ‘then and now’ as well as other digital work to complement the exhibition.
The exhibition runs until 12th October and then it will be touring local libraries; there has been a lot of interest locally in a part of our local history that would of otherwise been totally reclaimed by the forest.
As part of the private view, children produced simple collograph prints based on the hut structures and these were placed back at the village site.
Plans are afoot to produce a digital record of the exhibition and information about the village by the Brindley Village Legacy Group here: http://bvlg.btck.co.uk/
Many thanks to the residents whose images were reproduced as part of the exhibited work.
Having the summer holidays for me is the only block of time in a full time teaching career that I get to make work and reflect. I have decided to return to using my original WordPress account and blog rather than the static website I had converted to over the last two years at http://www.dis-placed.com as it fits better with the way that my practice works; short chunks of time where I can make and share….hence the new blog post.
Changing career direction and completing an MEd in special needs education alongside that has taken priority this year, plus the culmination of a three year project at the Brindley Village site this month feels like a good time to pause and decide on what is next. So expect further ramblings and updates before the energy of the new academic year begins…
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Developing traditional-digital drawing using the Equil Smartpen with Bo Jones, as part of the A-N Professional Development bursary. See the A-N blog for more information.