It’s that time of year again! The Comic Art Festival windows trail looms large as panic sets in at Space2Create. This year we actually feel more in control even though we have four windows associated with S2C and group members.
Mat JimDogArt (that would be me!) is doing Farrers and so far I have been struck by the jars behind the counter inside. The window is split into rectangles in the old Victorian shop front style so I am looking to recreate the jars, one in each window, with a comic art twist!
Space2Create is in Nevi Sport on Finkle Street where we have a grand production planned with a working title “Creativity Gives You Wings”. Let us just say it involves birds, trees, a giant book, figures and an interesting backdrop.
Cumbria Comic Collective (C3) are in Youdells and have some interesting ideas using Comic Characters they have designed while Lloyd is doing Colin Reynolds Photography Shop front. Lloyd is creating a Japanese comic style band with crowd.
Another project coming to a finish is the creative phase of the Transformations project. We linked creative writers from Space2Create with local artists. The artists have been given poems written by our service users and volunteers to create and artwork from. These are now starting to arrive at the Unit and the ones we have received so far have all been stunning!
One of the unexpected results of this has been the massive boost to the people at S2C. To have your written words turned into an artwork by some very talented individuals is in itself a big boost to self esteem. The reactions have been far more than this though with some very vulnerable and ill people being motivated and their confidence boosted. When you are struggling something like this can give you a massive lift and kickstart that positive outlook that is so important to recovery. Keep an eye out for news of exhibitions, poetry reading sessions and the auction to raise funds for S2C.
Using random lines, scribbles or paint splots as a starting point we let our imaginations fill in the blanks. We then picked one of these drawings as inspiration for a more detailed picture or painted a background for our scribble picture. Scribble drawings are a useful tool when you are having a creative block as they often produce ideas that can be developed cut her, some artists also use them as a warm up exercise to help loosen them up before they start work.
Unity Art Group
The Unity art group set Space2Create off getting ready for our window display in Nevi Sport on Finkle Street for the Comic Aft Festival. We need to make lots of birds as part of it. SD used a simple design on card. Decorated one side and put a word on the bottom that had inspired or was relevant to the maker or reflected their recovery.
On the ward we were a bit seasonal in theme, and focused on fungi: drawing, painting, collaging, outlining and otherwise decorating all the pictures of mushrooms and toadstools we could think to create. When we’d had our fill of mushrooms, we played word-to-art games, in a fun and very productive session.
Continuing with our mini books we again experimented with the chalk pastel dust to create larger streaked areas of colour. Plus inspired by a member of the group last week we also played with torn paper to create jagged edges to our blocks of colour. Using zentangle mixed media and combinations of written and lettraset words, participants created beautiful and inspiring mini books for themselves and as gifts to friends. A fun, easy going session with loads of creativity. Two people also started working on decoupaged Christmas boxes and a word bird for the comicfest display.
Cumbria Comic Collective
Another meeting for another Comic Festival window, this time it was for Lloyd’s display in Colin Reynold’s Studio on Highgate. We had a chat with Colin and measured up the space in both windows, then we spent some time at S2C, working out colour schemes and materials for the display.
The group carried on from last week with Anne-Marie inspiring g us with colour based on the St Ives exhibition at Abbot Hall Gallery. We used the strips we made last week to focus in on sections and then inspire large abstract paintings. We will visit the exhibition next week.