|Dungeness;boat, hut & nuclear power station|
Our last workshop from this project was set at Dungeness on the Kent Coast, some 70 miles from the chaos of the Elephant & Castle. A remote and exposed location where sea, fishing shacks, wooden chalet style homes and the nuclear power station all meet. A perfect setting for the solar plate session, where we could be truly exposed to the elements and with little resources apart from the materials we brought and natures materials, littered around.
|Briefing session on the beach|
A grey and very overcast day, one similar to all the other 2 days of the project. The end of May should have brought warmer temperatures and clearer skies (after a short review we noted that January, March & May temperatures were all similar). After a 2 hour coach journey we explored Derek Jarman's prospect Cottage and examined some of his reclaimed sculptures within the wild garden, to give the group context to the place. During this short stop we discovered the bus driver had sunk the coach wheels into the verge! A marsh land and shingle episode. We piled up our materials and headed to the beach unfortunately leaving him to scratch his head and call a tow truck.
We concluded the session by printing some great plates (who that were dry) and experimenting with registering, layering and colour combinations. As the sun finally came out, low tide revealing the mud bank and then came the sand fishermen.
The coach was finally towed out and we returned to London, within minutes the coach fell quiet as the group all fell asleep!
Here are a selection of the plates produced on the day:
A step by step guide on solar plate from artouride (who we provide green printmaking workshops for).