Mark-making and materials: Short course
By Helen Frost - Mixed Media Artist, FDAD Alumni and Short Course student
I completed the Foundation Diploma in Art and Design back in 2015, but I remain a regular visitor to West Dean to attend short courses that I consider to be immediately relevant to my practice of making with found objects or which might offer me new ways of working and to provide continued inspiration.
In December, I spent four days at West Dean College working with six other students and Jo Veevers exploring drawing and mark making using graphite, ink, the projected image, and a host of other materials. The West Dean landscape was the primary source of inspiration and we experimented with various ways of generating a series of marks from this starting point. Using the marks made, we then worked into mono print, collagraph, and etching with acetate and plaster.
On the first evening, Jo gave us a stash of waste textile and paper materials and some pieces of acetate cut to fit inside photographic slides. We arranged our chosen material between two pieces of acetate and glued them together.