There’s certainly something to be said about having the opportunity to work with those that you’ve learned from in the past, that were mentors to you, at a later time… being able to show them how you’ve built upon the knowledge and skills that they shared with you, and then to embark on something new and different together.
I had this rare opportunity this weekend, at the Creativity United printing workshop with Jim & Brad from Nashville’s Hatch Show Print. The Upstate NY AIGA chapter (AIGAUPSTNY), along with the Rochester Advertising Federation (RAF) co-planned and sponsored a 2-part event… a presentation/lecture with Jim on Friday night, and an all-day long printing workshop with Jim and Brad on Saturday. They brought a selection of wood, linoleum, and magnesium blocks from Hatch’s enormous collection and let us go to town with them, doing pressure printing by hand (in more of a monoprint fashion). This led for a lot of play and experimentation, and also the ability to print on other surfaces beyond typical paper, such as fabric/apparel.
The workshop was fantastic, I came home with prints that are very different than anything I’ve done in the past, and very different from each other too.
Besides prints, I also took away a renewed passion for creation. I realize I’ve fallen in to patterns of my day to day routines that I’d almost forgotten how much I miss getting ink under my fingernails and creating things for ME, or even being challenged creatively.
Mark my words, I’m starting now to make things happen. Stay tuned, & feel free to remind me of this along the way.