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English for Creative Careers | Filter experiments | Traffic Light
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BOOOOOOOM

In last Sunday’s Webinar Surfer’s Zoom we talked about the art magazine BOOOOOOOM and its Call for Artists.

We discussed the phrase, ‘cohesive body of work’, and whether that necessarily meant a laboriously produced body of work.

I argued that it didn’t.

I said that you could make up something pretty fast to respond to this call for artists.

Maybe I inspired myself! 

Read on to discover the debate about the language around a ‘cohesive body of work,’ and I’ll try to prove that:

Mid-career artists and designers who are still developing their practice are not necessarily excluded from this kind of ‘finished product’ artist opportunity.

Wait a Minute! I Don’t know what Webinar Surfers is!

Webinar Surfers is a Facebook page and community managed by Blue Noun.  It has a bi-monthly, free Zoom call for English learners to jump on and practice speaking – very much in the same spirit as our physical space.

We’ll either go Webinar Surfing together – or Web Surfing together.

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In a Nut Shell…

What this means is, join our community and I’ll point you in the direction of some free quality content online – often a Webinar training or a cool and useful resource.

You watch it – or read it in your own time, then jump into the Sunday Recap  Zoom Call to practice the vocabulary and themes it brings up.

It’s relaxed and friendly and it’s a resource intended for anyone interested in improving their English level around all kinds of creative subjects.

And because everyone is short of time these days,  you will be upskilling and/or informing yourself about art & design at the same time as practising professional English!

Artist Talk

I took a series of photos yesterday, when we had a lovely fluffy fresh layer of snow in Crieff, Perthshire.

English for Creative Careers | Crieff Market Park | Snowy Crieff

English for Creative Careers | Crieff Market Park | Snowy Crieff
Photo credit Blue Noun

Most of them were scenic shots of Crieff looking pretty.

I make a collection of these to use on the Blue Noun Instagram feed to market Crieff in Scotland as a great destination to visit.

However, I took a few shots of traffic lights – no reason why –  I just liked the way the lights shone out brightly in that peculiar snow-filled-sky-dim-lighting we get in Scotland.

English for Creative Careers Crieff Scotland traffic light

English for Creative Careers | Crieff Scotland | Traffic Light
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A Bit of Photo Editing

I selected a few close-ups,  then spent a bit of time running filters across them.

It took a couple of hours to get 6 images parsed down to how I liked them.

English for Creative Careers | Filter experiments | Traffic Light
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It’s My Art School Education

At art college, you learn to work fast.

You have no option as there is a mountain of assignments to keep up with, but it’s good training too: you should never spend a load of time on a bad idea or bad composition (or in business, time and money on a flawed idea).

My training was to try it out and move on, and repeat.

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Of course, that might have left me with a bit of a legacy of not getting so many ‘finished’ things done.

It’s true I enjoy the sketchbook stage more than any other. 

But this is where a call for artists offering a book publication begins to sound like a great idea…

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Flip it!

Instead of reading the brief and thinking that you would never have enough finished work to show, think, what can I quickly make for this opportunity.

Even if you are not one of the 6 artists selected, that process of pushing yourself to produce for the brief is catalysing!

English for Creative Careers | Page Layout Experiments | Traffic Light
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“Instead of reading the brief and thinking that you would never have enough finished work to show, think, what can I quickly make for this opportunity…”

Ruth, 2022

Artist Talk | Further Inspiration

The Quarto Press | Printing Demonstration | Perthshire Crafts
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I’d love to run these through a Riso printer and turn them into a booklet or zine.

 

No text, just a paper record of a moment in time (my walk home from school). I guess that was the aesthetic I was trying to achieve with my layers of filters anyway – you’ll just have to imagine them off the screen and a lovely pile of printed paper in your hand.”

Ruth, 2022

Riso Printing | English for Artists

I’m sure that we never know the extent to which we are being led by our influences.

I was recently republishing an old blog post about visiting the superb print workshop The Quatro Press in Coupar Angus.

I am absolutely humbled by the history and potential of old printing machines such as these.

I also used to work with a filmmaking collective in Brussels, called PTTL,  that had an Risograph printer.

It looked like a big crappy photocopier, but the printed results were absolutely sublime: colour slightly bleeding into each other, and thirsty thick paper soaking up the ink in luscious colours.

Personally, a glossy printed photo book wouldn’t carry off the effect that I’m chasing with these images, but perhaps it’s the perfect way to show off a series of your own sketches?

An introduction to Riso Printing

Absolutely amazing introduction to Riso printing.
Great for English vocabulary to describe techniques.

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Have I convinced you that rapid is good and valuable – and that it can be easily elevated with a bit of slick presentation (like a book publication) into final?

That is can be a ‘cohesive body of work – even as curated sketches’.

Or does work that is made quickly have intrinsically less value?

 

Let me know in the comments!

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swift in flight Logie Kirk by Blue Noun English language school

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Find out about our visit to Coupar Agnus’ Quartro Press here: