A small but perfectly formed session led by Reg Cooper and Phill Evans which forms the first element of an ongoing piece of work in which the artists of Participate are working cooperatively. The finished pieces will be displayed in a public Shrewsbury building, details to follow, and will include 2D and sculptural elements.
The purpose of this workshop wasn't in fact to come up with some more or less pretty patterns. It was the first of a series of sessions in which users of the building the artworks will be placed can contribute to it's development.
The brief for Participate is to produce a site specific artwork which will be in two parts. Firstly a 2D element will be printed on vinyl to be installed onto windows in dividing walls, ostensibly to provide separation and privacy. The second element of the finished piece will be a permanent suspended sculptural work hung over the public are and visible both from both above and below.
This first workshop begins the process of collecting a body of elements which have been produced by the building's users that will form the resources which will be composited into the image which will be printed in vinyl.
At the end of the session we had made four large images, elements of which can be taken, digitised and used to develop the final, printed piece for the windows. The next sessions will take these pieces and can (but doesn't have to) use them as a starting point to develop physical textures using fabric and other media.
Here are examples of close-ups of the finished pieces: