Another bloom, but more lotus like than the others already posted. It is clear that there is a heavy emphasis on banding between borders in the visual culture that I engaged with last week. This is not something that I would say is in Western visual culture, at least not any more. There are instances in the V&A tiles that I found during my research trips and in the lead up to the workshops.
The continuity of this imagery is striking and makes for highly stylised motif.
Lots of flowers! The simplicity of the flower on red belies it’s sophistication and the fact that it is depicted in a pot compares symbolically with the pink and blue blooms of the first image, that apparently emerge from the bottom right hand corner of the page.
My intention was to generate highly textured drawings and this worked because I was careful to choose appropriate papers and media for participants to use. These particular images are of oil pastels on linen paper and have a vibrancy that will transfer well to a pot.
I had no knowledge of the experience of my participants in drawing prior to the workshop and many of them had not put pen to paper since leaving school. They were full of anxiety about the blank page and had brought many photos that they wanted to reproduce. This was UNREALISTIC both in skill levels and in the time we had available. To convey that I wanted them to express their feelings about caring for others it was necessary for me to break it down to three elements, COLOUR, SHAPE, TEXTURE.
What colour is the feeling you have when you look at this photo?
What shape is the feeling you have when you look at this photo?
What texture is the feeling you have when you look at this photo?
It is clear that we were all learning! This is the mark of a successful workshop? 🙂
Of course some of them just would not or could not do it for very good personal reasons I think. They used it as an opportunity to explore new materials and ask me lots of questions about ceramics and my story! Good all round then.
A goodly selection of colours and mediums for people to use.
Surprisingly they were reticent about making use of what was provided, even trying to pay me for the materials they used. That is something I wasn’t expecting, so perhaps I should build that into the structure of workshops for future reference.
Workshop consent form
IP lawyer very helpful, dare I say it enthusiastic for the project. The Own-It service is incredibly good. I wonder if there is an equivalent for accounting purposes at the college. Must ask.
The wording was given to me for the consent form and it was all very friendly and professional.
Not the best photos but the idea of layering up theses images. It’s akin to the making of an oil painting I suppose. My use of transparency is my main focus though. The stories of my observations of the social gatherings on my travels lately. This scene is from the South Bank Centre. I think a third layer (the number of balance) would be good – perhaps picking out highlights of the sandy sea in gold lustre?
Coventry carers garden project.
An excellent and productive meeting in Coventry today. The above image is an example of the work that the Coventry Carers charity encourage. Social inclusion is the key. Uma Sharma, the development manager at the charity was very enthusiastic about my idea and we have confirmed workshops for this Friday, 26 April and 10 May, in groups of 10.
So, meeting with IP lawyer tomorrow is perfect timing. Just need to finalise the details of the workshop plan and gather some final materials.
Looking at motif designs in the Nehru Gallery at the V&A today. Lots of outlines and black boarders. Makes me think of the line drawings I have been doing at the moment; they are connected.