Text - Dom Read Photos - Gemma Rogers
What a whirlwind the past four weeks have been!!! It doesn't quite feel real how fast the time has gone. I can remember each workshop so clearly, like they were yesterday. At the same time the initial nerves prior to the first event feel like lifetime ago! I have learnt, grown and laughed throughout the whole process and I know I am not the only one!
So Four weeks ago began the first of the "Art at the Skatepark" workshop series. The was the culmination of many months of planning with me and the guys at Freshly Greated an Arts project based in Great Yarmouth.
Now as all great plans go, day one had not even begun and the skies were grey and the forecast said wind, rain and lightening. Our initial plan to paint out at at the skatepark was scuppered before we had even begun!!
This was no problem though! We adjusted the plan and moved into Cobholm Community Centre. We set up the gazebos outside for STANE'S spray painting workshop and we got some tables and chairs set up for the skateboard painting workshop. Then we waited for the arrival of people....
To our pleasant surprise we were flooded with excited children and parents alike! My nightmare had been that we would be sat there with no one to work with but we were overwhelmed by the turn out! It was fantastic to see so many people so excited and happy to come and get creative!!
The first week was the main spray paint workshop in which people could get involved in painting a mural for the project under the guidance and support of STANE. After that we mixed things up each week. We brought in extra activities like illustrating your own zine, painting an MDF board for Out There Festival or spraying your own Deck. STANE taught the kids how to create a colour gradient with the spray paint and the outcomes were truly incredible!!
It has been brilliant to see the variety of different people who have come through the workshops. I have worked with people generally aged 18-25 through my job working as a Technician at Norwich University of the Arts. I have never experienced working with people as young as 4 upwards to full grown adults. It was a definite learning experience, finding out how to communicate with different ages and abilities all at the same time, working on the same project. It worked well though and everyone seemed to have a great time! Young children came in shy and nervous, unsure of where to start and they left with the biggest smiles on their faces proud of what they had created!
Thank you to everyone who came along and got involved you guys made this the event that it was and I hope that you had a great time!! Many thanks to the guys at Cobholm Community Centre for allowing us to use their space! Thank you to STANE, Gemma and Sam and the rest of the Freshly Greated Team you guys smashed it!!!
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!!