FIDDLING WHILE ROME BURNS

by Valda

 

They say the world can turn on a sixpence. And so it goes.

As things stand and with our lives seemingly unravelling by the minute, what better diversion could there be than reinventing our logo?

Nobody ever said life was fair and so, as my much-maligned partner ploughs through the veritable admin mountain visited upon us by the cancellation and/or postponement of so many sold out tours, I get to push colour sliders and play around with fonts.

I should point out that the logo represents an idea that we have been tossing around for some time but as it is now looking as though we will be confined to our respective houses for the foreseeable, it makes good sense to develop these plans while time is on our side.

So. Creative Touch. Already in place is our 'Classic' workshop/tour program, and the more recently launched ‘Creative Growth’ initiative. What is the reasoning behind ‘Creative Touch’?

I have spent several years learning about the gilding process and how it might be applied to various substrates. Doug has recently gone off on another tangent and has been investigating mark making and how he might integrate them with his photographic output.

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As with almost every apparently new tangent, it seems it has all been done before. From the dawn of photography, it was only ever going to be a matter of time before photographers began considering ways to pimp their printed images.

When one starts dismantling the boundaries between different art forms, the world opens up in an exciting and seemingly limitless way. Of course there is nothing new in such endeavours - Picasso, Matisse, Duchamp and Klee were amongst the many artists who experimented with various art mediums.

Dadaism welcomed chance and improvisation - Max Ernst used photomontage to create images which highlighted random connections between juxtaposed elements. French Surrealists pursued such techniques in order that they might imagine unearthly new worlds that explored the subconscious. Hannah Höch produced collages and photomontages constructed from magazine clippings and sewing patterns.

It seems boundaries exist to be pushed and re-examined and the freedom that we have for blending traditional fine art printing with mixed media techniques opens up limitless possibilities.

 

CREATIVE TOUCH WORKSHOPS

With this in mind, Doug and I are planning a series of workshops where we investigate the opportunities that exist for those interested in developing a more tactile involvement with their printed images. We intend to cover gold leaf work in various forms, cyanotype, the application of cold wax, PanPastels, collage, mark making and much more.

Materials will be included and so, for logistical reasons, (which dovetail nicely with the current disinclination for most of us to travel), we will hold the workshops in the UK. Some shorter offerings will take place in my studio in Sussex (accommodation available close by) and a longer retreat-type tour is being planned for Cornwall - a place that has attracted artists for hundreds of years because of the quality of the light and the stunning landscape.

If you are interested in being informed of the launch of these new ventures, click below to email us.

6 Comments

  1. Bill Hewitt on March 20, 2020 at 2:57 pm

    Valda, Thank you for the blog. Being on the west coast of California, and admiring the work both you and Doug produce, what are the chances of developing some type of video/pdf/workbook to help us in our creative growth. I am not asking for something for free, but rather something to keep aiming for the stars.. I am scheduled for a workshop latter this year and hopefully this crisis will have subsided before then, but in the meantime I would really like to keep the brain cells active in creativity growth.

    • Elizabeth Caroli on March 20, 2020 at 4:02 pm

      I, too, am in CA and would so love to be a part of these workshops. I purchased your videos and hope you will think about making these as videos, please! I saw Valda speak in Carmel and was so inspired!! Stay well! We love you in the U.S!💖

  2. valdab on March 20, 2020 at 4:51 pm

    thank you both – we are in fact in the throes of developing an online program. It may take a little time to get it up and going but hopefully the first offering will be ready before the summer. Hard as it is staying positive with the news going from bad to worse, but we must assume we will one day get back to some sort of normality.
    Thank you for your kind words – Carmel seems such a long time ago now… x

  3. Melissa West on March 21, 2020 at 2:57 am

    Yes for the videos/online classes! I’m in Seattle and, well, it looks like I’ll be in Seattle for some time…

  4. Ann Wharton on March 21, 2020 at 8:01 pm

    This looks really interesting and another iteration of your work. As a dabbler in photo encaustic,cold wax, pastel, oil crayon and charcoal on photos it will be great to see Where this goes. Online access would be a boon to me far away here in Australia.. A silver lining during this unpredictable time. Stay well.

  5. valdab on March 21, 2020 at 8:18 pm

    thank you all – will keep you posted 🙂

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