Brown Paper Parcels

Great excitement at ‘my shelf’ at the printworks, groaning with a mountain of intriguing packages. I was joined at the ripping open station this afternoon by Aga from the office, and Helen, brilliant intern. We gasped with delight as handkerchief after handkerchief came unfurling forth, decadent disco hankies with dancing legs, clouds of hand embroidered refinement, printed ‘rusty stains’ on fluid silk, persisted over patterns pummelled into relentless calico, crisp ideas on paper,glass beads, scary animals, literary references, profuse flowers….sloganeering, mark making, romance! I am thrilled. We have had a great response from many students, and thanks in particular to Marilyn Rogers who gave the project to her supported learners at Lewisham College, the top two photos here are examples of their work, and to Janet Nejo, of The Charter School, who has submitted a great bulging folder of varied designs, including some very funny ones from her students in years 8 and 9. We will look forward to welcoming some of these talented young people to the printworks to try screen printing their designs in the not too distant future. Meanwhile, huge thanks to all our contributors so far, please put NOVEMBER 15th, 6.30 till 8.30, in your diaries for the private view, the show will run until December 14th. During the two weeks between the deadline and the opening we will be looking at printing from the online submissions and adapting some of the paper entries towards cloth, and trying to select designs for editioning and prizes.

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