Text and Images - Dom Read
So I've teamed up with illustrator and printmaker Julia Triay for an exhibition/pop up shop later this month. It is super exciting to be making new work with someone I have never worked with before in this way. It is also very refreshing to have the goal to show our work in public and to work towards after so long toiling away in isolation.
It has been great fun to bounce ideas off one another and to experiment with combining our different styles of work to create a cohesive collection of prints and textiles.
I have also thoroughly enjoyed woking with someone who specialises in lino printing again. It is great to see how a professional does it, compared to my slap dash, ink it and hope for the best approach. Julia's methodical process and slower pace has taught me to be more patient and precise in order to achieve the perfect outcome.
What can I say though, I just get excited to see what the print looks like!!
We had been talking about our collaboration for quite some time but we didn't start making moves until we booked the venue for the exhibition. It was too easy to let ideas remain simply as ideas. We booked the venue with a very short deadline in order to ensure that there was no time for hesitation!!
Sometimes you just have to dive in and hope for the best!!!
Hope to see you there! If you can't make it though have no fear! There will be plenty of photos and films to be shown and stories to be told.
Text and Images - Dom Read
So this is just a little update on where things are at!
- The art club is still on it's way.
- We trial ran it at the end of last summer and it was a great success.
- I decided to try and raise the quality of the videos and then had a load of extra work come up and the art club got pushed to the bottom of the pile!!!
- It will be back and it will be better than ever.
It is amazing how time flies, I fully planned out the art club to launch in January, even commissioned its own soundtrack but as the work piled up the months rolled on by. Don't count the days, make the days count!! Cliche as it is, it really is true. Though over the moon, with the tailoring work and external commissions, that I have been preoccupied with of late. I have been failing to divide up the days and maintain a solid art practice of my own work. Life gets like that sometimes and you ebb and flow with your creative output. My issue has been I have repeatedly said I will do the art club stuff when I complete this task and then this task and it just keeps getting pushed further and further back.
Don't be like me, make time to make work!!!
Keep Painting xx
Text, Photography and Imagery - Dom Read
Hello my dears, welcome, welcome!!!
This is long overdue and something we have been thinking about for a long time. With all of the self isolation and social distancing we realise that many people will be looking for new hobbies and interests to help them pass the time! So what better time to share some of our knowledge of all things creative!!
Here at Dread Decks we love all things arty and we know that you lovely people do to!! So over the following weeks and months we will be releasing all manner of tutorials and art classes for you to follow along at home and get involved in! There will be both blog posts and videos for your viewing pleasure.
We are always open to answer any questions you have and if there is anything you would like us to go over then please don't hesitate to get in touch. We are always keen to see what you come up with so please send us any drawings you do in response to our tutorials or just in general!!
Remember getting creative is all about having fun. There is no pressure, no right answer and no art piece is better than another, the beauty is in the process and the eye of the beholder. All the best art comes for looking and observing and enjoying.
Be patient, have fun and be calm. Practice truly does make perfect.
Keep Swimming, keep smiling and keep sketching!!