Participants experimented with using screenprinting to play with colour, shape, composition, texture and pattern.
The workshop took a creative and playful approach to screen-printing using techniques including layering, masking, overprinting, gradients and collage to create unique and expressive prints. We looked at how use the screen as an image-making and mark-making tool, and explored screenprinting as an experimental process.
Participants all made their own prints, as well as working collaboratively on both separate prints and a huge print that we all made together.
Art Market York 2016
Three days of workshops for the Art Market York Interactive Area in 2016. Visitors helped to paper a whole wall in the venue with their own wallpaper designs created from patterns, textures, shapes, block printing and tape. Whole families took part and lots of people teamed up to make a sheet of wallpaper together. The Interactive Area was funded by Arts Council England.
When is a Star a Star? Lancashire Science Festival
A day-long workshop was held as part of the Lancashire Science Festival in which around 400 visitors to the festival created their own large-scale star formation artwork on the floor of the gallery. The workshop was based on my print-based collaboration with astrophysicist, Professor Derek Ward-Thompson.
Pattern workshops for users of the Future Business Centre in Cambridge to generate ideas and discussion around what kind of artwork they would like to see in their building, how they use the building, why they work there and what they do.
Wellcome Collection: Saturday Studio youth programme
A day-long drop-in workshop at the Wellcome Collection as part of the Saturday Studio youth programme for 14–19 year olds. The workshop was linked to the Tibet’s Secret Temple exhibition which looked at Tibetan Buddhist yoga and meditation and how they link to physical and mental wellbeing.
The young people who took part all made their own mandala designs based on pattern, shape and colour. On the day of the workshop Tibetan Buddhist monks were finishing a sand mandala as part of the exhibition, so we got to meet the monks and learn about their own approach to mandala making.
Local school children drew pictures of buildings in Lancaster and objects in shops and then worked with the artists printing these images onto hundreds of pieces cardboard so they could be cut out and folded into tiny houses.
Thanks to the pupils and teachers at Bowerham Primary and Nursery School and Cathedral Catholic Primary School for their drawings and help with printing the sculptures, and thanks to everyone who helped with the printing at the First Friday workshop in October.
Art Market York 2015
Three days of workshops for visitors to the Art Market York 2015. Everyone made their own pattern tile on greyboard from precut geometric shapes. The tiles were displayed as they were made, spreading out across the walls of the venue over the course of the weekend, and finishing with a big wall piece that 150 had contributed to.