A pleasure to be invited to teach again at PRESSPLAY, an annual arts youth festival organised by the National Library Board. The location was the new and shiny Tampines Library - six floors of tastefully designed air-conditioned reading comfort! Lots of fun to teach a packed workshop the basics of designing and carving a rubber block to be used in fabric printing. I'm in love with the original designs created by both male and female participants! It was a busy session but everyone walked away with their freshly carved block and hot-off-the-hand-press tote bag. Look forward to seeing how everyone use these skills again in the near future!
ANZA members reinventing Peranakan culture! Wonderful to have a full house of creative ladies from the Australia & New Zealand Association at a recent Peranakan Printing Express Workshop. Great to see how people tackled the design challenges of this decorative display mat. I'm happy to see how well the new border tiles worked out in these prints. Many thanks to ANZA for organising this most enjoyable session!
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Children make great art teachers! I love seeing the boldness and creativity that they naturally seem to have. When it comes to deciding on colour and patterns, children seem to rely on their gut feeling and appear a lot less inhibited than adult learners. I also love seeing parents working together with their kids to create something that captures a beautiful moment in time. There’s a lot to be learnt on many levels from these petite participants!
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A Year of Creating With Culture
Some photos from a year of creative fun with Print Culture Studio! Thanks for your support and encouragement. Looking forward to more great things to come in 2018! Subscribe & Create With Culture in the New Year!
I recently enjoyed teaching at a government childcare centre. It's certainly easier in some ways to teach children that are not your own...strangely! Perhaps I'm more patient with other people's children! Anyway, my own daughter was too busy helping me and supervising others students to be taught. She took her role as 'assistant printer' very seriously!
It was nice to be able to let parents know that art doesn't have to be expensive. In fact, to do the kind of printing we did, you really only need some paint and white polystyrene fruit trays. Photocopy paper and a few sponges...and your kid is off! What's really important is the fact that parents are spending gadget-free time with their children - and kids are leading the way with what they want to create using the colours they love!
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