I had a fun morning running my first home based jelly printing workshop for customers who had bought a voucher at a Christmas Bazaar in December. With three people in my kitchen I am nearly at capacity (even more reason to get on and get my barn waterproofed and warm!) Jan Parker and her daughter Kay and another friend who was keen to have another go at the process worked on their own plates. Each producing very different prints. When Kay said she was a textile artist we even had a go on a lampshade I had been meaning to have a go with myself! Jan had brought some pre-cut stencils with her which meant her work was very much a reflection of her style. I loved the swimmers. Unfortunately my photos really do not do the morning justice.
With lots going on all at once with the Workshop at Torbridge I was intrigued by the translation of the fablon stencils. My snippet of the day was “paper stencils and masks can curl quite quickly so its sometimes a good idea to use Fablon for them” Question in return “Do you just stick the stencils on the fablon?” (Sticky Back Plastic) Me, “Yes”
Outcome – Stencils where stuck on the fablon but not cut around, literally just left where they were in a pattern on the sticky side. rather than pointing out the mistranslation I went with it and suggested they laid it sticky side down on the jelly: Hey presto a very detailed and interesting impression was left on the jelly. The same went for the Silicone plate.
So having placed the fablon on the Jelly/Silicone, it was lifted off and the paper laid on the plate to take the monoprint. Not only were the impressions collograph like in replication but also the fablon marked itself beautifully too. Bonus image
Teacher Training Workshop day at Torbridge, Estover.
Workshop as a Teacher Training Activity held at Torbridge Community High School in Estover Plymouth. An event, which I might say, was fantastically orgainised by Antonia Texidor for Art Teachers and Heads of Departments in the Locale. Im blogging on this site because my drawing Together site is still not rebuilt. However from a printmakers point of view its good to talk here too!
I have to say I had a great day and I think participants did too. I only hope that they didn’t get as dirty as me…
Oh!: it seems they may have done!
Aside from grubby fingers I think everyone took something away from the day. There were a lot of very interesting approaches and I will blog about some of these separately. Each participant made a number of prints trying out both silicone and the Jelly plates. The great thing about working in a group is seeing other peoples ideas and letting these ideas feed into your own work. I can highly recommend having a workshop with teachers because they all became very experimental and (to be honest) I cant wait to try out some of these new ideas myself!… So thanks guys.
Here are a few shots of the day – I especially like the “I Did This” photos – Check back again for some insights into the days printmaking approaches by some inventive and very fun people.