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Introductory Woodcutting Workshop
Sat 8 July 2017, 10:30 – 16:30 BST
Discover one of the world's oldest printmaking methods - woodcut printing - and create your own artwork - all in the space of a Saturday afternoon.
This one day workshop led by woodcut artist Alex Booker will introduce you to the traditional tools and techniques involved in creating engaging, high-impact woodcut art, leaving you with your own compositions to take home and, should you wish, all the materials you need to make more.
Stage 1 of the workshop will cover the use of tools to design, draw and cut woodblocks and explore the process of hand printing using barens and rollers on three types of paper including Japanese Hosho, Masa and Zerkall papers.
Stage 2 will delve a little deeper, showing you how to use multiple blocks and reduction-cutting techniques to create more complex multicolour prints.
Three different woodblocks will be provided. These include; birch plywood, Japanese plywood and sidegrain Tulipwood.
Alex Booker is a print artist whose work has been exhibited internationally – including at the Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition in 2014. He runs the Booker Print House from his studios in Limehouse, where he explores the properties of ink and wood in an ongoing series of experimental works, often inspired by the sea, landscape and social history. During London Design Festival 2015, Alex led a workshop at the launch of Matter, using Morse code as a conceptual springboard for creating art. In autumn 2016, he opened up his studio for a series of classes in woodcut printing techniques. Current projects include workshops at Wilton’s Music Hall for The Sailor Town Sea Shanty Festival and a showcase of studio works and workshops at Clerkenwell Design Week 2017.
Tickets are non-refundable unless the event is cancelled.