Maybe it’s Only Us…Maps, Flags & Utopias

Workshops & Activities

For this free, drop-in activity as part of The Tetley’s Springboard Saturdays I invited participants to imagine and create their own country, with invented maps, flags, laws and languages and contributing to a ‘brave new world’!

The workshop included a range of artistic activities suitable for all ages including map drawing, writing creatively, large scale flag painting, book-making and contributing to a collaborative artwork. Alongside the activities I installed a reading corner with family friendly Utopian/Dystopian fiction will be available for inspiration, along with music and sounds taken from films such as Metropolis, Logan’s Run and The Matrix.

This workshop was inspired by themes present in The Tetley’s current New Reality programme; the exhibition Down Time by artist Ben Cain & Rob Kennedy’s ongoing Production Residency.

Palindromic Books Drop-in Workshop

Workshops & Activities

As part of The Tetley‘s Saturday Springboard programme and as part of the 17th International Contemporary Artists’ Book Fair, I led a workshop creating Palindromic Books. The books were made using proper bookbinding materials, tools and techniques following a basic stitch.

The idea for creating palindromes came as a response to a piece in the main exhibition at The Tetley, The Reversing Machine, by artists Simon Lewandowski and Sam Belinfante. They had installed a self-reversing machine which connected to two turntables which played palindromic records- specifically commissioned to play in both directions.

Simon Lewandowski & Sam Belinfante, The Reversing Machine, 2014

Simon Lewandowski & Sam Belinfante, The Reversing Machine, 2014

Participants were able to select prepared pages for their books, from a range of palindrome pairs, which they then brought together and bound. Once the pages were sewn together the book read as a palindrome itself, creating a sort of Nonsense poem!

Workshop supported by The Tetley and artist Katrina Cowling.

Related links:

http://www.thetetley.org/reversing-machine/

http://www.leeds-list.com/out-and-about/preview-half-term-at-the-tetley/

http://www.katrinacowling.co.uk/