The photographer David George (co-founder of the art collective ‘Uncertain States’) led a very enjoyable and successful cyanotype workshop at SPWT.
Cyanotype is an early archival process used by the first acknowledged female photographer: Anna Atkins in 1843. It requires just two chemicals, a good negative, tap water and the sun’s solar rays to achieve outstanding results. The process can also be used for photograms (without the need of a darkroom). The cyanotype can be produced on most paper and even some fabrics. The image can derive from a digital or analogue negative and the result is striking in its rich Prussian Blues.
My Italian import Vespa.
If you are interested in developing your skills base in alternative processes The Cass (opposite Whitechapel Gallery) run some excellent courses.
For a step-by-step guide to alternative printing processes this book is well worth the investment: ‘Coming into Focus’ edited by John Barnier and published by Chronicle books.
‘Uncertain States’ is an artist led project made up of writers, art practitioners and academics that share the same creative values and publish a quarterly broadsheet, showcasing lens-based art.
Our second workshop this spring was with artist Paul Wye, who specialises in printmaking and textiles. Paul shared with us monoprinting techniques (additive and subtractive) as well as paper lithography technique using photocopied image. Paul’s presentation and a selection of images can be found here.
First out of four workshops that we run this spring, funded by Thames, was run by Julia Clarke, a London based artist specialising in working with willow and wire.
Julia shared with us a number of techniques for working with wire and her handouts and presentation is available here.
We made different works: small scale wire sculptures of birds inspired by line drawing and observation drawing.
Learnt a number of ways to connect willow and started making sculptural pieces with wire support.
Thank you to all who came down to celebrate the launch of the first ever THAT network collective exhibition -THAT SHOW 2016. It was such a wonderful celebration of our members artistic talent and really crystallised everything THAT has been striving for in the last few years.
A good teacher is an inspired practitioner.
Creativity cannot exist in isolation.
In these difficult times for education it has become the responsibility of teachers, galleries and artists to keep the arts alive. In order to do that we need to work together and when we do we are a powerful, beautiful and inspiring force!
See below for some great pictures of the private view and for more of the work itself check out THATSHOW2016 page.
Photos: Paul Wye and Andreas Lambis
THAT network received funding from THAMES and in spring 2016 will run four workshops open to all teachers from Tower Hamlets schools.
Join for skills-based workshops delivered by professionals and aimed at ‘skilling up’ and improving the confidence of our teachers in more specialised disciplines. This spring we offer Combination Printmaking, Working with 3D materials (wire and willow), Experimental Textiles and Cyanotype.
All workshops are free and to book e-mail us on: THATnetworkLondon@gmail.com
Click the e-flyer to be redirected to the Facebook event! See you there!
A good teacher is an inspired practitioner. Creativity cannot exist in isolation.
We are thrilled to invite you to join us for the private view of THAT SHOW 2016 featuring the work of 28 artist teachers from schools across the Tower Hamlets and the East End.
Private view: Thursday 4th February 2016 (6-8PM)
Celebrating the work of 28 teachers across the borough, THAT’s first collective exhibition showcases the range of artists and disciplines as well as the broad skillset of Art teachers working in the East End of London. Promoting Arts Education at a time when the Arts are under serious threat, this show aims to highlight the importance of creativity in education and the pivotal impact of art teachers investing time in feeding their own practice in order to be inspired practitioners who teach at the cutting edge.
Show times: Open daily from 3rd-6th February 2016 (10-6PM)
Four Corners, 121 Roman Road, Bethnal Green, London, E2 OQN
T: 020 8981 6111