Before I wash the ink off my hands, arms, face and clothes, and out of my hair and ears, I thought I’d grab a quick beer and ten minutes to jot down a few words.
It’s been an amazing few days, hanging out in the print studios at AUCB, being expertly guided through the screen printing process, and getting messy along the way.
A small herd of regular Meetdraw attendees have given up their weekends and evenings to brainstorm, design, and finally print their own artwork. For most it was a process that was entirely alien though layered with tradition. It was fascinating to move away from digital screen to make something with our hands, something that was physically more tangible, and produce a series of identical images that are subtly unique at the same time.
We’ve produced a dozen or so designs and printed a limited edition of ten of each. They’ll be on sale at Meetdraw8 on Thursday. Each print will be £15 (sorry cash only), and once they’re gone they’re gone, so bring some dosh and get there early!
AUCB have kindly waived the costs of our workshops so we are delighted that all the proceeds from the print sales can go to charity. The charity we have chosen is Compassion in World Farming. Two thirds of the takings will go to the charity and one third will be used by their local support group Compassionate Dorset to help with local events and projects.
Compassionate Dorset is run by volunteers, including talented local digital people, like Anna and Stu, who’ll also be joining us on Thursday. Check out their cool tees, we’re hoping they’ll be able to bring some along for sale.
Finally I’d like to give a massive shout out to all who have helped with this project. To Neil and Lisa at the AUCB who lead and guided us brilliantly, to the students and technicians who helped us with unerring patience, and to all our artists who pitched in, pitched up and had fun.
See you all Thursday