I was lucky to be asked to take part in this three day workshop run by the Art Lab - Contemporary Print Studio at UCLan by Tracy Hill in conjunction with visiting Dutch artists Erik Kok and Rudi Bastiaans from the A.K.I. Institute of the Arts in Enschede. Erik Kok, teaching ceramics, and Rudi Bastions, teaching print, have run multi-disciplinary practical workshop sessions at various European art institutions. At their relative small and intimate art institution they encourage a multi-disciplinary art educations which can be lost at larger institutions such as ours. As part of the European Erasmus exchange program they have now brought this way of working to us. Thus, there were fifteen students from Illustration, Games Design, Fine Art, Ceramics and Surface/Textile Design.
Our little group consisted of six people from Fine Arts (2), Games Design, Surface Design/Textiles and Ceramics (1 and 2nd joining on day 2). We really had a lot of fun in the morning session of the first day. We started tentatively drawing outlines of each others hands onto a large piece of paper but soon progressed to doing close up detailed drawings of body parts. Strangely there seems a real reluctance to undress one's feet to the public but we were saved by some continental foot exposure by the Italian in our group. We also took loads of photos both lying on the large table in the print studio but also in the photo studio.
After lunch, armed with good images joined the other two groups in the computer room to assemble our Frankenstein images from our body parts. Unfortunately, our group didn't work very well on this and this delayed the whole process. However, by end of the day two of us managed to come up with a good image. Josh really enjoyed putting together the composite face, which combined facial elements of us five people into one scary one:
Now we just needed this to be approved by the rest of the group the following morning before printing the final image onto acetates:
At this stage we were joined by the sixth member of our group who was really complimentary and commented on the cohesive whole of our image. Next, we taped all the A4 sheets of acetate in preparation of cutting them into print screen sized parts. At this stage we also did some minor alterations by drawing and scratching into the acetates and sticking some of our original drawings on acetate sheets.
Erik and Rudi managed to fit our Frankenstein onto just three printing screens.