Wow! We have had an incredible month in the Funen Print Studio. It was really hard saying goodbye to all of our new friends, who were so generous with their time, sharing their knowledge and skills, letting us nose around their studios, and taking us out on trips when we got cabin fever from frantically printing 10 hours a day, up to our elbows in ink.
We did our best to cram in as much sight seeing as we could in between printing, visiting old Viking towns like Ribe, making our way around the enormous and gorgeous art gallery in Aarhus, going underground in Copenhagen to see an installation at the Cisterne gallery, driving to the West Coast to visit old abandoned bunkers…but anyway, back to printing!
Jemma found herself some ruins to work from (turns out they are difficult to find in Denmark!). Choosing to focus on the dilapidated industrial buildings that could be found on the harbour, she experimented with etching, stone lithography and monoprinting.
Vicky went on a stamping spree, carving out stamps to create a big jumbled map of Odense. The town is currently undergoing a lot of building work, so Vicky wanted to portray the confusion of all the constantly changing temporary pathways that the builders created every day. She also printed her first ever stone litho!
And Lisa reintroduced herself to etching, getting to grips with soft ground, hard ground and aquatint. She also stamped a pattern onto fabric, inspired by the vast amount of plum trees we picked from in the countryside. She discovered that there was such a thing as a ‘Danish Knot’ within embroidery, so decided to use it to stitch the plums onto the trees.
If you want to see more from our own experiences on the residency, you can find our Instagram accounts by clicking on our names above.
It’s been a whirlwind of an experience, and we couldn’t have done it without your support! Now that we are back, we are busy editioning our prints to send to our lovely Kickstarter supporters. Can we ever thank you enough?
As part of BPC in Denmark we were invited to deliver a printmaking workshop at the Hans Christian Andersen Museum as part of the week long festival celebrating the fairy tales of Hans Christian Andersen. We delivered two 2 hour workshops and over 80 children from all over the world took part throughout the day. We used relief printing with styrofoam to make fairy tales books, using a fairy tale dice that we created that helped start the children’s imagination to make their stories. We were happy to have such a great turn out and such a diverse mix of families from all over the world who were visiting Odense for the HCA festival.