What happens when collage comes off the page? An experimental image making workshop

Bradbury, Pat (2016) What happens when collage comes off the page? An experimental image making workshop. In: Encontro International de Ilustração, 14 October - 21 October 2016, S. João da Madeira, Portugal. (Unpublished)

Abstract

The output is a creative project exploring experimental image making. It interrogates the ‘indeterminate condition’ of loose collage objects before being stuck down or bound into a composition. Research process: The participatory event introduced participants to a range of drawing exercises and printmaking techniques, used for collage material in the later stages. Due to the community and placemaking focus of the event, participants were encouraged to consider how their own stories, memories and experiences of space could be included within their output, including physical responses such as taking rubbings from the building itself. Research insights: Within Bradbury’s research, the notion of rules and instructions as a way of interrupting of disrupting traditional ways of working have been explored. Bradbury argues that it is important to consider the ethical implications of giving participants prompts. He works collaboratively and creates activities in dialogue with the participants. This freedom also allowed participants to create highly personal and original outcomes which were presented at a mini exhibition at the end of the project. Dissemination: The research was disseminated via a workshop at Encontro International de Ilustração de S. João da Madeira Portugal, 14 – 21 October 2016.

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