Cardiff Print Workshop members have been invited to exchange prints with artists based in Grenoble, France where one of our members previously worked.
The workshop in France is called “Le Geste et L’empreinte
”, and is run by artist, Anne-Laure Heritier Blanc, who currently leads printmaking sessions at the workshop on a monthly basis for a dozen or so people. See her website here
I was paired with Marie-Noelle, who primarily etches onto tetrapack. This is the print she sent to me in response to one of my graffiti bottle series cyanotypes. She wrote: A bottle in street art style that only remains a reflection of a peaceful garden.
This is the cyanotype I sent in return. It is from my ‘Genie in the Bottle’ series, made using vintage bottles and figures taken from ancient Persian and Indian manuscripts.
On dérives around cities such as Cardiff, London and Prague, I digitally capture fleeting and ‘found’ moments and monuments, later inverting the light values to convey mysterious, phantasmagoric effects. Through my interest in alternative photographic techniques, such as cyanotype and photogram, I have also begun to experiment with altering the printed images through the use of natural dyes such as tannin and tumeric to render contemporary scenes vintage. Altering the images is a way of reclaiming urban space, creating new worlds from familiar sights. Selected images will be made into large-scale screen prints.
As part of the Lead Creative Schools scheme – a joint Arts Council of Wales and Welsh Government initiative – Year 3 children at Beaufort Hill Primary School in Ebbw Vale have been collaborating on a storytelling project. They have brought together a small group of creative practitioners to help them create their own stories based on The Greedy Zebra and The Crafty Chameleon by Mylene Hadithi, making masks, creating performances and dance. I have helped them to create four banners of their stories using a combination of cyanotype and monoprint.
For the first workshop, I asked the children to draw their impression of the stories onto acetate. I then printed the drawings onto the material back at the workshop. For the second workshop, the children created borders around the prints using a selection of leaves to print impressions in different colours onto a yellow background.
I was impressed how quickly the children picked up the stages of the printmaking: squeezing and rolling out the inks, placing their leaf carefully onto the inked plate, covering it with paper and rolling again until the ink had saturated the leaf enough to get a strong print, peeling the leaf carefully from the plate, transferring it to the banner, and rolling it again to create the impression. They worked in small teams, experimenting with colour combinations and enjoying the chance to get messy!
The finished story banners
Some of the beautiful work made by participants of the creative wellbeing sessions this week. Printing and poetry using autumn leaves.