The very first series of workshops hosted by Make Space, creative taught workshops to help you reconnect and find stillness in the mind through making with the hands.
Using leaves and flowers to produce botanical prints is a wonderful way to reconnect to the healing power of nature, and where better to make your own than in a charming pavilion on the edge of Ransoms Rec park, home of the Triangle Community Garden. I’ve designed a two and a half hour workshop in the purpose studio overlooking the park, where you will learn the linocutting and printing technique using simple tools, to produce some original artwork.
Come and learn how easy it is to produce beautiful handmade prints, and enjoy the picturesque surroundings. The class is suitable for beginners, or as I can tailor the class according to each students needs and experience, is equally suited to improvers and experts.
As well as the inspiration out of the window, there will be lots of reference material. Once you are all settled down with a complimentary drink, I will guide you through how to transfer your own design (or if you prefer one taken from a template) onto the lino; I will then show you step by step how to carve the design, how to ink the block, and finally how to print it using printmaking equipment. You will end up with a wonderful selection of plant inspired work. Bring the outside into your home with no need to water!
Each printmaker will have their own sanitised tools for personal use only, you’ll all have your own socially distanced work space and we will wear masks- the pavilion is very well ventilated so every care will be taken to ensure our safety.
The workshop takes place from 10-12.30. Simply reserve a space on your preferred date, and I will post you a workshop ticket with details and directions to the pavilion. Ransoms Rec is located between Grove Road and Nightingale Road, (postcode SG5 1RB). It is a five minute walk from Hitchin train station and has a nearby bus stop.
This workshop was set up following the success of 2017, 2018 and 2019 classes- many of last year's printmakers sent me incredible Christmas cards they cut and printed themselves. Printmaking starter kits will be available at an extra cost of £15- let me know if you'd like one when booking, or pick one up on the day when you've got the bug.
Use this time to relax and find your flow in a very non pressured environment, with space to explore new materials and rediscover the beauty and joy in really looking at the nature that surrounds us. Making has a meditative effect, and we all need some mindful down time following the difficulties of the past year; this workshop is the perfect opportunity to take time for ourselves while making something beautiful.
Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.
All materials are included. On arrival your workspace will be set out with a cutting mat, bench hook and folder with all the a wide selection of cards with matching envelopes, a set of tags to print on to, and a set of paper bags. You'll have two diferent pieces of lino to use, a practice piece and tools which will be solely used by you during the session. The lino you cut will be yours to take home, and you'll also have a guide to easy lino cutting to keep.
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2½ hours (10:00am to 12:30pm)