Whanganui Girls College                21 - 27 April 2019


Tara Axford - Australia - workshop full - contact us if you want to go on the waiting list

'A sense of place' - 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, collograph) and found specimens, we will use mixed media to 'zoom' in our location and work with that.  By abstracting the essence of a place, we will create something inspired by our location so that 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 create ‘field notes’ for a sketchbook, artist book, and a series of prints 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.  Participants will create a variety of prints which explore layering acrylics to achieve unique works.  Monoprints 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!

About Tara Axford

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.


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