• Natalie


Updated: Nov 13, 2019

FESTIVAL OF THE NOT PRINT RESIDENCY 17th - 20th of January 2019

In late January, I took part in a residency with some other students and worked alongside up and coming print and publishing collective SHY BAIRNS GET NOWT during the Festival of The Not. The arts festival was based at star and shadow cinema in Heaton, Newcastle and was rand by CIRCA PROJECTS to commemorate the end of their 2 years working with Giles Bailey. The festival had a variety of talks and films along with workshops and performances. Throughout the whole festival we were situated within the main cinema rooms working our publications. On the first day, we created a group publications based around the theme of opposites, exploring what the festival was made up of and what the opposite of that is. Responding to the words either; artist, exhibition or printmaking. In response to these words we all created a few pieces which were compiled and hand bound using Chicago screws after they were all printed through the risograph. The next day we all created our own individual zines themed around the idea of ‘unlikely collaborators’ so using my sentient cardboard birds from my previous module and I had them out of context in Starbucks or wearing air pods etc. After creating our solo and group publications we had them out and distributed them to members of the public who attended the event. On the final day after distributing more zines we just had a less intense day and made some of our own prints. This residency was a great opportunity for me to network and interact with artist outside of my general sphere along with meeting the bairns and other students. It was also a great experience seeing how local artists run these events, especially in not for profit spaces.


Since mid-February I have been working with foundation press and a group of other students to create publications, some solo and some collaborative to sell at the Baltic book fair. We have taken part in workshops group demonstrations and brain storming in order to plan or publications and explore different types of making and different ways of creating publications. It took me a while to decide on what to make my publication on and in comparison, to some other things I have created in the past I didn’t want to go over the top I just wanted it to be strategically minimum. I ended up deciding to make a book similar to the print’s id been making in the rest of my practice recently which are fictitious deities based around my environment. I decided to keep that theme except creative a narrative around these strange characters. The names I gave these gods juxtapose the gods in appearance but are inspired by the same topic they were. When it came down to composing the book, I decided just to have the drawings and create symbols that correspond to them alongside and then have a key at the back with descriptions of the gods.

On the day of the event we came in pretty much ready to go as we had access to the floor the day before to set up our stall and workshop. This was great as we got to see how the teams at the Baltic go about preparing the space before the other sellers arrived. We even got to see some behind the scenes of the Baltic such as the industrial lift that they use to transport shipping containers up to the gallery spaces which is something not many people get to see and gave a real insight on how the gallery runs day to day. On the actual day we had no strict timeline of who does what we just swapped roles when wed had enough of one. While at least two people were manning the stall, others were creating prints with the public to go into a free publication we wanted to print, bind and distribute while the fair was going on. The book we made ‘TALK OVER PRINT’ is a collection of thoughts, both from those sharing books at the market and from self-publishers invited from outside of the northeast. We set out to use books that people had bought at the market to ‘over print’ on the text of the book in a work shop of sorts, involving the public in the process of making a book and how the risograph printer works. It was a fantastic opportunity to sell my work as well as meet other local artists and publishers as well as meeting other driven students from across the faculty who were interested in print, self-publishing as well as running workshops.

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