Image

At the beginning of March I went to Preston (just 2.5 hours north from London on the super fast train) to teach a workshop with 16 kids in the Harris Museum. It was a flip book workshop, based on the animation Shift that I’d made out of 40 linocut prints, which was in the show IMPRESSIT at that same museum.

I asked the 14 year olds to split into groups and think up story boards for something that could be told in 16 frames. They came up with an interesting mix of violence and humour, but that was just the beginning of the discussion. We ended up using a model- Heather Chou- my volunteer from the University of Central Lancashire (actually she is from Texas) who lay in the centre of the room so that we could draw her and make her spin in the book. Every student had a couple of hours to draw and carve a lino block, and then an afternoon to experiment with printing. They all got hungry at an inconvenient time (for the workshop) and ran away for a macdonalds in the middle of carving. Despite this we made an interesting book together!

For a really good description of the workshop, along with an animation of the flip book that we made, please see the blog entry that Heather wrote here

http://harrisimpressit.tumblr.com/post/44640359589/1-march-2013-wuon-gean-hos-linoleum-workshop

Here is my work in the show, IMPRESSIT, with the animation playing on a screen next to the dresses which have been printed in pairs.

Image

After the workshop, the show in the Museum opened with several speeches and a bit of alcohol.

Image

I loved the mix of printed works, and the diversity of the printmaking on display. The following is a small selection of the works…

Tracy Hill with her work- on Kozo paper, printed and with hand cut patterns reflecting the topography of the Mersey river

Image

Katherine Jones- sculptural books and prints

Image

Pete Clarke, who works in print and text

Image

Georg Gartz who likes to make unconventional settings for his printed works, involving building strange structures and sheds.

Image

Oran O Reilly who makes collage pop hybrid works on glowing perspex

Image

And Gerry Baptist who makes effortless pop cynicism

Image

The show is on until 27 April 2013.

Harris Museum and Art Gallery, Market Square,Preston, PR1 2PP 

For more information please see

http://www.harrismuseum.org.uk/comingsoon/157-impressit-te-art-of-printmaking

Advertisements