Read Below for the story of how they came to life.
Five screen-prints that have been commissioned by Southampton City Art Gallery in collaboration with Vivid Arts (www.facebook.com/VIVIDSoton) and Illustration students from Solent University where I teach as a lecturer. It was a great opportunity for us all to work together on a project and share our knowledge and skills.
The project started last year, when myself and students visited the art gallery . Students were asked to respond to pieces within the art gallery in their own personal way without any restrictions except that a piece in the gallery must be the inspiration for their drawings. It was fascinating to see which artworks captured the students interest and imagination. The work produced was of a really high standard, exciting and energetic, with original and diverse responses that were a joy to see.
I then responded to the students’ drawings, developing them digitally into designs for the final prints and jigsaws. These designs were separated into different colour layers for screen-printing. The screen printing was done in the print room at Solent School of Art and it was a real pleasure to work alongside staff and students in such a creative space.
Working on a series of patterns that will be used on jigsaws presents a new set of design considerations, most importantly how the pattern will be broken up and how easy it will be to re-make considering age groups.
Here is a list ( in order) of the student whose drawing I developed into a screen-print, and the painting or sculpture that they observed for their drawing:
1. First sceen-print inspired by the drawing by Jess ( illustration second year), Inspired by the painting above by Mathew Arnold Bracy Smith painted 1915.
2. Second sceen-print inspired by the drawing by Katherine Stokes ( illustration second year), Inspired by the sculpture ‘Leaping Hare” by Barry Flanagan 1980
3.Third sceen-print inspired by the drawing by Julia Soblova ( illustration third year), Inspired by the painting Perseus by Edward Burne Jones 1863
4.Fourth sceen-print inspired by the drawing below by Joe Watson-Price ( illustration second year), Inspired by a painting by Alegretto Nuzi 135o.
5.Fifth Screen-print inspired by drawing by Jair Graham (Illustration Second Year)nspired by Boxing Hare on Anvil by Barry Flannagan below
6.Final Screen-print inspired by drawing by Samuel Lai ( Illustration Third Year), Inspired by The Diver by Anthony Gormly