Firstly I have been sick, and am still sick. Tonsillitis. REALLY HORRIBLE. Anyway…
Really useful visit to Coventry at the start of last week, even though the long hours have taken their toll on my already pathetic health!
Have since started conversation with the Head of Development at the Herbert Gallery about using their museum collection as the inspiration for cup designs at workshops leading up to the consultation. She is very open to this and is completely aware of my need not to step on people’s toes by making too many firm plans before the commission decision is made.
It’s a fine line, especially as the HoD is very good friends with the director of Artspace, the commissioning body. So my outline for a workshop is a follows;
- Achieving good colour reproduction
I would really like to be able to use drawing media that is colourful (but not too mad!). Crayons and colour pencils? These on textured papers transfer really well in digital printing so would produce an expressive but professional finish. I am looking for an afternoon workshop, at most two afternoons, depending on numbers.
- There would be a pre-selected form, like a cup or a plate, that the final design would rest on.
I would also depict this graphically in a template that participants would be able to draw over. This would provide some structure to their decision making and develop some understanding of what the end product would look like. This would give people the sense of achievement that is essential in these projects.
- Content, focus really is on a local-global theme.
I would, if possible, like to use the museum collection as inspiration for participants. So, my thinking would be to take some carefully selected ceramic pieces, like the Loving Cup that is currently in the What’s in Store, to explain their origin and meaning.
- Are there any items of Asian origin in the stores?
These need not necessarily be ceramics, but they would be really good to show for the same purpose. We don’t need many items, because I am hoping I can organise a specific group to participate, ideally people who don’t usually go into galleries. I am thinking maybe a women’s group, and if that is the case I’d ask them to bring in items that represent their social/cultural journey to Coventry. Then to make 2d designs based on that.
Still torn about workshopping the application of decals but it IS almost entirely monotonous and could be conveyed at the earlier stages with a video. The restrictions of dry working only at the Herbert also mean this is not possible.
!!! Could do it at the supper after having had the majority of the others finished, as a demonstration exercise. Not too dull for everybody then, and a little bit of performance? !!!