Autumn may have arrived in Necton but Sarah Harley's Silver Social artist residency continues inside the warm and welcoming Rural Community Centre, with today's offering of a free mono printing workshop for local residents.
Sarah demonstrated the simple process that involved rolling different coloured inks onto perspex plates, before laying over fabric textures with damp paper on top and putting them through a portable press. After removing the fabric a second sheet of paper can be used to create a ghost print, with some fantastic results that are often more interesting than the first set of prints!
Sarah offered a selection of recycled fabrics, nets and ribbons to be cut up and used to create a range of textures when put through the press. One participant with an interest in architecture cut fabric into small hexagons to recreate the impression of a dry stone wall - it looked superb! The unpredictability of the prints leaves wide scope for experimentation and offers plenty of discussion between both the participants and the artist.
Transforming ordinary fabrics into a piece of art is a running theme through Sarah's workshops, which continue next Friday 6th October (Sewing) and Saturday 7th October (Mono Printing). These free sessions are open to residents looking to explore something new and you may even feature in Sarah's final comic, which will be exhibited at the Community Centre on 28th October.
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