Soco Workshops

Mind Mapping for Artists / Creatives, The Beacon, March 29, 2014

 

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Mind Mapping for Artists / Creatives or anyone who would like to work more creatively, with Lawrence O'Connor, performance practitioner and facilitator.

Saturday 29 March from 10.30 - 12.30am at The Beacon

Explore the principles of Mind Mapping to harness the power of imagination and association between ideas, new and existing. Plan, think, imagine, play, draw, write, examine, remember, value, make. Be prepared to be surprised! Articulate new ideas and discover fresh approaches to developing your practice.

 

Rolls of paper, coloured markers, other drawing and writing equipment, as well as tea and coffee, are provided.

Hosted by SoCo Artists, costs are £5 to students with a card, £6 for SoCo Artists, £7 all others.

To book your place, please contact Sinéid Codd by 21 March by email at sineidcodd@mac.com  or phone 07866142268.

There will be 20 places max on this workshop.

Address: The Beacon, 67-68 St Mary’s Terrace Hastings TN34 3LS     www.beaconhastings.com for downloadable map

 

Lawrence will lead the session in two parts:

 

1      Bringing logic and imagination together, by looking at:

 

·      how the mind works with thoughts and ideas and explore our natural ability to use visual and spatial information

 

·      how we can connect the logical and linear parts of our ability, to harness the power of imagination and

       association, in order to synthesis information, knowledge and experience and to work on a particular project / thing

 

·      examples of mind maps made by different people for different purposes

 

Elements of storytelling / narrative will be involved in the session and Lawrence will also introduce the principles behind

Open Space Technology, a framework for self organised events.

 

2      Mind Maps

Everyone will work on their own Mind Map, using the principles to bring logic and imagination together and discover new connections and possibilities.

 

 

 

Gift Bags & Tags, 9 August 2013

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Soco Artist Helen Hunt is holding a Gift Bags & Tags Workshop:

WHEN: Friday 9th August 2013 10am- 1pm or Saturday 10th
August 2013 10am- 1pm.

WHERE: The Muse, St. Leonards-on-Sea, East
Sussex.

COST: £20.00 for three hours includes tuition, equipment, most
materials plus tea or coffee and biscuits. After the first two gift
bags that you make, I will be selling gift wrap for any further gift
bags that you make. This is due to the expense of buying suitable
(fairly thick)wrapping paper. Alternatively you may wish to bring your
own.

SPECIAL OFFER: Do three workshops organised by myself and the
third workshop will be half price (£10.00). This offer began at the
start of June 2013 and runs until the end of December 2013.

Everyone
will learn the technique of constructing a Gift Bag before exploring
the variations that are achievable in fastenings/ handles, materials
and size. At the end of the workshop everyone will leave with a new
skill, an assortment of Gift Bags and Gift Tags to match. See
the image above for the sort of thing that can be achieved in
this workshop.

'Helen was very organised and efficient and made the
morning engaging and flow with gentle fun.' Roz Cran.

'The workshops
are fun and creative. Helen's demonstrations are precise and are
supported with very clear, illustrated hand-outs.' Elaine Partington.

'I came away after a happy morning with a new skill and a desire to
make more.’ Ali Stump.

contact Helen on 01424 729861

Gardens and Plants

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Garden 2012 © Sinéid Codd

 

Gardens and Plants is an experimental drawing workshop with Mary Hooper at the Beacon, 67-68 St Mary's Terrace, Hastings TN34 3LS. Go to www.beaconhastings.com for downloadable map. 

Date: Saturday 27 April from 10am - 4.00pm

Cost and booking: £20 for SoCo members, £25 non members, to include refreshments, bring a packed lunch. Booking is essential as places are limited. To book, please complete the attached booking form below and send to Judy with your cheque.

Judy: 01424 431305 or email judy@beaconhastings.com

This is a drawing workshop experimenting withg drawing techniques, scale and materials, exploring the theme of plants and gardens in the literal sense and the notion of the garden in its metaphysical and metaphorical meanings. There are no rules, we will make a collaborative work, with the freedom to draw, paint, cut out, make a 3D installation, and change or add to each other's work. See the flyer below which includes images of a previous similar project.

Following the workshop, if there is enough interest, we are planning an 'experimantal / work in progress / open studio' at Claremont Studios, the new Project Space in Kings Road, St Leonards in mid to late May.

 

10 - 10.30 coffee, tea, juice and acclimatization

10.30 - 12.30 freefall

12.30 - 1.30 lunch break

1.30 - 2.00 conversation - creating a collaborative work

2.00 - 3.30 - making it happen

3.30  - tea and reflection

 

This is a challenging and exciting way to work, breaking drawing habits and inhibitions, allowing you the freedom to explore new techniques and learn from each other's practices. The walls of the studio at the Beacon will be lined with large sheets of Fabriano paper. Blocks of graphite and charcoall will be provided, but bring or make on the day your own brushes or pens, and bring any other materials you might want to use such as pastels, ink, pencils, etc.. Please bring with you any text, poetry or visual reference you might be inspired by.

Following in from the workshop, if there is enough interest, we are planning an 'experimental / work in progress / open studio' at Claremont Studios, the new Project Space in Kings Road, St Leonard's in mid to late May. See http://www.claremontstudios.org

 

 

Two Book-making Workshops, The Beacon, November 2012

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Led by Helen Hunt, SoCo artist and qualified teacher with over twenty years experience. helenhunt.co.uk

As well as tuition, basic materials are provided for both workshops and you need not bring anything unless you wish.

Helen has work in the Cranbrook Art show in November. See the Exhibitions page for details.

 

Workshop One: 'Japanese stab-stitch bound books'

Saturday 17 November, 10am – 1pm                                                                                

£15  SoCo members and £18 for non-members                                                                          Includes tea and coffee

With clear step by step instructions and demonstration everyone will learn the basic techniques of constructing a Japanese stab-stitch bound book before exploring the variations that are achievable and creating your own unique book. The workshop is illustrated with examples to demonstrate a range of possibilities that are achievable through this method. Guidance and encouragement are given throughout.

 

Workshop Two: 'No-stitch booklet construction’

Sunday 18 November, 10am – 1pm                                                                                  

£15  SoCo members and £18 for non-members                                                                             Includes tea and coffee

It is possible to create very effective but simply constructed books and booklets which require no stitching. In this workshop you will make a number of proto-types to explore the various constructions that can be achieved through careful folding and cutting. You will then focus on creating one book or booklet which might be left plain inside or could incorporate collage or could be cut to create 'pop up' style decoration.  The workshop is illustrated with examples that show the wide range of designs which can be achieved from these methods. Guidance and encouragement are given throughout.

 

Booking: There is a reduced fee for joining both workshops: £23 members, £29 non members. Booking is essential as places are limited. To book, phone Judy on 01424 431305 or email judy@beaconhastings.com

Address: The Beacon, 67-68 St Mary’s Terrace Hastings TN34 3LS www.beaconhastings.com for downloadable map

Gardens and Plants, August 2012

Experimental drawing workshop with Mary Hooper at the Beacon, 67-68 St Mary's Terrace, Hastings TN34 3LS. Go to www.beaconhastings.com for downloadable map. 

Date: Saturday 18 August from 10am - 4.00pm

Cost and booking: £25 for SoCo members, £30 non members, to include refreshments and a light lunch. Booking is essential as places are limited. To book, please phone Judy on 01424 431305 or email judy@beaconhastings.com

This is a drawing workshop experimenting withg drawing techniques, scale and materials, exploring the theme of plants and gardens. The walls of the studio at the Beacon will be lined with large sheets of Fabriano paper. Blocks of graphite and charcoall will be provided, but bring or make on the day your own brushes or pens, and bring any other materials you might want to use such as pastels, ink, pencils, etc.. There are no rules. We will make a large drawing as a collaborative process, with freedom to draw, paint and change or add to each others' work.

It is a challenging and exciting way to work, breaking drawing habits and inhibitions, allowing you the freedom to explore new techniques and learn from each other.

Workshop in conjunction with the Making Waves exhibition at Stade Hall, April 2012

 

Saturday 21st April
WRITING WORKSHOP
Artist Rose Miller will lead a writing workshop centred on the pieces in the exhibition 'Making Waves'.
2 – 4 pm
Admission free
Venue: Stade Hall

 

A participant commented:

‘Took part in the workshop - writing our responses to 1 or 2 pieces of art – in the form of a poem, conversation etc. This gave an amazing insight into peoples’ worlds. I was glad I had come.’

 

Workshop review by Rose Millar:

We had paper, pens, chairs and a couple of hours at our disposal. The aim was to move away from a passive, detached approach to viewing an exhibition and engage with the works through a process of creative dialogue. 

Where to start? We couldn’t tackle it all, so each participant drew up a short list of the three works which had a particular resonance for them, selecting just one after a quick consultation.

First stage: to play the association game, a ‘warm-up’ exercise to get the words flowing. Participants looked closely at the image/object and jotted down everything they thought of while doing this.  Ten minutes later we got together to share results.

Reading something out, even a list of words and phrases creates a physical momentum, a presence which, certainly in this case, activated the next step, a free-style poem. A number of participants took this route, with great success. ‘Sea Scroll’ by Mary Morris inspired several poems in which the words invoked by the layers of transparent fabric seemed to be unfurling in a cascade of images. ‘Tide’ by Carly Ralph inspired a poem in which the minutiae of curious bits and pieces were taken up to form part of the dynamic whole, the grist to anchor the poem in the ephemeral lives we lead.

An alternative follow-up exercise was a dialogue, a task which one participant made ingenious use of for ‘The Temptation of the Impossible’  by Anny Evason. The incongruous idea of a rock and a wave holding a conversation added to the impact and striking originality of the result.

 

A poem from Rose Miller’s writing class in response to

Mary Morris’ Sea Scroll – Hope Gap to Seven Sisters

 

On the edge

Waves tickling

Cold

Blue.  Enticing

Sparkling Light

Ebb and flow

Suck and draw

Drawing me in

Drawing me down

Drawing me out

Horizons, depths

Unexplored

Me - open to new horizons

Like a bird I let go

Dive

At one with the sea

Release

Losing myself

Finding myself

That gawky child

Laugh

Tickling

Shimmering

Bright

Freedom

Cry, laugh

Change

Emerging

The same, but different

Flow with the current

Ebb and flow

Suck and draw

Storm, calm

Ever changing

Me, Life

Remember that

 

 

The Temptation of the Impossible by Anny Evason
 

The Temptation of the Impossible

three studies
mixed media

 

 

A poem by Jim Lumsden

Based on Anny Evason's "The Temptation of the Impossible" triptych.

A post-apocalyptic conversation between the "irresistible force" (waves) and the "immovable object" (rocks), in a slightly "Waiting for Godot" style:

 

Waves: I have come again to you as I have for uncounted ages. Will you yield?

Rocks: I do not change as all else does. You may froth and foam - I am submerged but not subsumed in your chill wetness.

Waves: How much more of your dooming and glooming must I embrace? Why are you so dense? Apart, we are lifeless - together we could be a source of life.

Rocks: Life? That has been tried. It failed in the blink of an eye.

Waves: I can be patient. I'll return tomorrow.

Rocks: I'll be here.

 

© Jim Lumsden  2012

 

 

Tide-turning by

Kendal Eaton

 

Watching the tide,

it’s a myth that water cleanses.

It filters,

dispenses

the flotsam of our[ lives,

plays with it, tosses it aside with a mollusc’s

fingers, tickles, trifles with

our interference.

 

But water has no will

of its own, it is bound

to gravity and pressure, capillary and evaporation

its only regression. Breaking surface

tension is never triumph but defeat, the first weakness

that leads not to relief by giving in,

but more intense crushing

seeks out every subsequent cavity. Gravity’s law,

displacement,

 

What we have come to rely on her for,

biding time

to surmount wave after wave,

if we’re lucky, head on,

sometimes side-swiped in a swathe of foment

- every individual has their perfect storm -

capsized and clamouring

tooth and nail for surface again.

 

She is no lover

vexed, jilted

with tentacles seeping into every crevice

to create fractures and overwhelm,

as if we are buried treasure

to her, some incessant endeavour

to subsume; she’s not clever, much worse

she’s indifferent to our dilemma, no benevolent provider

of earth’s bounty; we rape her by metal grate

and hooks, whatever we can get our claws into

we churn up, grind her once vibrant coral creatures

to dust to protect them.

 

We dredge our own depths,

consume ourselves ,

paint the surface to impress,

beneath is beneath us, too ugly

compressed, malformed, mutated; we dispossess rather than own

up, why, should we? All heavy objects sink

deprived of air, we think

without a trace, but they are there, hidden

in the deep and the shallows

 

when tide withdraws to other shores,

revealing skeletons picked,

sieved and scrutinised by fine-tooth

combers, our vile intestines

ravaged, ribcage laid bare for all to scavenge,

trample through; the heart of the vessel

can be heard declared an ingenious structure.

Astonishing! Beautiful.

 

Having sifted our detritus

the tide turns, deposits the vestiges

of our lives, our mosaic waste

disposable, washed up, things we thought added weight

a transient scar of fragment

resembling nothing of its intended fate,

 

a tasteless pick-n-mix,

bottle-tops of so many undelivered messages

from no-hopers in a fix, distressed,

out of time, who tricked themselves into thinking

the sensation of drowning sublime.

Subliminal maybe, until

it is too late and the surface

crackles under the wait.

 

And there we are abandoned

on this threadbare patch of canvass,

to fathom what it was all about

what did it amount to… every tooth and nail

that clung for dear life it would have us believe

were false, were they? It never seems that way on reflection,

but all our lies and truths become fiction,

harnessed in a scent, a sound, an object mass-produced that could be

anyone’s and may well be, soon, a scrap of paper or film

open to variable interpretation, each one with meaning.

 

We’d learn more watching the sea.

than we do from any lesson throughout our ever-regurgitated

history – how deranged our pursuits

those emperors’ new suits – its immense surface

miniscule in comparison

to the weight of its integrity,

while the purity of our contaminated wrecks remain

stained – unclaimed, exposing

 

what poor, lazy liars we all are

always waiting for the tide

to change.

 

© Kendal Eaton 21-04-2012 with thanks to Rose Miller and Carly Ralph’s ‘Tide’ for inspiration.

 

Webs and Nets; Contemporary Kimonos, May 2009

 

Sunday May 24 th , 10am-4pm at the Beacon, St Mary's Terrace, Hastings

The aim is to enable artists to produce a kimono, whether as wearable garment, soft sculpture or textile hanging using the basic principles of the traditional Japanese kimono; to bring their own practice to the form and to contemporise it.

The workshop has a maximum of 10 artists to allow enough space for working on and looking at these large structure in the round. The cost is £30 (SoCo members £25) and includes a light lunch.

contact Judy Dewsbery: judy@beaconhastings.com for an application form. 

The contemporary kimono, February 2009

 

Sunday 1st February
10am – 4pm 

Based on the concept of the Japanese garment, with its symbolism, geometric cut, its history of customs and rules, its potential for sensuality and storytelling, this workshop offers the exploration of the potential for all of this moving into a contemporary context. 

Seen as an object suspended from a horizontal pole, the outside surface is open to decoration, elimination or expression, the interior there for discovery. 

Worn on a body, moving, softening the geometry into curves and folds, the kimono becomes the expression of the wearer, enhances them or perhaps eclipses the wearer altogether. 

£25 for SoCo members, £30 for non-members, the price includes refreshments, light lunch and a VERY basic kimono in a flat form. 

Booking is essential as places are limited. Please phone Judy on 01424 431305 or emailjudy@beaconhastings.com to book or for more information on either of these events. 

The Beacon , 67-68 St Mary's Terrace, Hastings TN34 3LS ( www.beaconhastings.com for downloadable map) 

Creative workshop with Oska Lappin, November 2008

Sunday, 9th Nov, 2008 from 10am-4pm

at the Beacon, 67 –68 St. Mary's Terrace, Hastings. 

This introduces woodblock relief printing from a simple narrative which will be constructed by participants. 

All materials provided. 

Cost is £12 for Soco members, including simple lunch. £15 for others. 

Booking by 2nd Nov is essential. 

Please phone Judy Dewsbery 

on 01424 431 305 

Textile with Josephine Ho, June 2008

 

Sunday June 22nd from 10am - 4pm
Admission Fee: Soco members: £12, non SoCo members: £15. 
This includes a light lunch 

BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL Deadline for booking: June 8 th ( see booking form for full details).
Places are limited. We advise that you contact Judy Dewsbery at the Beacon 01424 431305, before sending any payment 
There will be an additional £5 charge per person on the day for materials 
(cotton, silk and dyes) 

This experimental workshop will explore traditional resist techniques on paper and cloth using hot wax, (batik) and Japanese Shibori (meaning to literally wring, squeeze or press) By using either of these methods to form a resist to colour, the material is then painted or dipped into a dye or indigo bath. When the resist is untied, unfolded or unwaxed, an image is created which can be abstract, patterned or pictorial.

When using shibori, a 2D piece of material is transformed into a 3D form by using various methods such as stitching and gathering, binding, folding, twisting and clamping. The results after dyeing can be very unexpected and exciting. 

Cotton and silk, dyes and tools for batik and shibori will be provided. 

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