Making Space:Sensing Place

In October 2009, along with artist Thurle Wright, I was awarded a Making Space:Sensing Place Fellowship; part of the HAT: Here and There International Exchange Programme, managed by A Fine Line:Cultural Practice. The Fellowship includes residencies with Britto Arts in Dhaka, Bangladesh, with Arts Reverie in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, with The V&A Museum of Childhood, Bethnal Green, London and with The Harley Gallery, Nottinghamshire. Working and collaborating with artists and craftspeople from the UK, Bangladesh and India, responding to the collections and spaces we encounter and sharing these experiences through a touring exhibition and educational workshops.

This blog, which is still developing and being added to, is a record of my experiences during the MS:SP Fellowship. Steven Follen.

Tuesday, 25 May 2010

Day 2 @ Redlands School

Working with different groups of children the workshops followed a similar format today, rickshaw components and block printed paper and fabric.
In the morning the rickshaw components workshop followed the theme of boats, some children drew images about their memories of visits to Bangladesh, others made up images. The children painted their designs on primed metal foil using acrylics, the format of the images was similar to the large panels seen at the back of the cycle rickshaws.

In the afternoon a second group of children worked on self portraits, sometimes in quite unreal colours.
The levels of focus and concentration was great to see.
Some included decorative boarders and produced some great results.
The groups rotated so that children were able to experience both printing and painting processes.
Lokesh showed examples of his work and explained how they were printed.
The older children had a greater sense of format and composition and once they had worked through the initial excitment of inking up a block and randomly stamping, produced some wonderful patterns especially when they included coloured papers.
Again we showed the children images of the Block printers in Newmarket, Dhaka.