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Tara Axford, Australia: MAKING sense of a place.


Tara Axford, Australia: MAKING sense of a place.

As a mixed media artist working with monoprints, collage, fabric, thread and photography, Tara draws inspiration from her surrounds - both natural and urban. She seeks patterns, textures, imperfections. The forgotten, the weathered, the discarded appeal to her. Her current practice is to explore her surroundings, a sense of place. She likes to ‘zoom in’ on an environment and work with that. That could mean photographing found objects, ‘foraged’ natural elements and litter - arranging it to be seen in a different way. She enjoys abstracting the essence of a place to create something new. So the viewer can also experience something they may have previously overlooked, with fresh eyes.

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MAKING  SENSE OF A PLACE.. working with gelli prints and mixed media

Capturing the essence - how to really see where you are, and use it in your work. Using found objects, patterns and textures we will explore how they reflect a sense of place and create a connection to our surroundings. We will find, document, edit, print, collage and create. Using mono prints with a gelli plate and found specimens, we will use mixed media to ‘zoom in’ on our location and work with that. By abstracting the essence of a place we'll create something inspired by our location. So the viewer can also experience something they may have previously overlooked, with fresh eyes.

The workshop will incorporate the principles of design in artwork, fail safe tricks and techniques to explore composition. Participants will learn tools to interpret a location into subject matter that can be turned into series of prints, artist books, mixed media pieces and collage works. What to expect:  Inspired by our surroundings we will collect, edit, print & create. Discover new ways of seeing, creating pieces that resonate with a sense of place. We will discuss the process of editing our source material so as to find a starting point. This workshop will have you learning the basics of working with stencils, both natural and man-made. Students will create a variety of prints and works, this workshop will have you getting to know the potential of the gelli plate!  Students will create a variety of prints which explore layering acrylics to achieve unique works. Mono-prints are perfect for producing textural, patterned prints, these are beautiful on their own or can be used to create collages, wrapping papers, gift cards, artist books. Endless options!