Field: COLLABORATION: What do we have in common?

Today, we got together as a field group and decided to talk about the similarities and differences between our ideas and ways of working as a starting point. We talked about how our perceptions of the Hidden city were very different and that we weren’t sure how we could merge our ideas into one. After a long discussion and debate, we decided that we definitely wanted to collaborate together to create something artistically. We started focusing on and discussing the strengths of each individual within our group.

I talked about my strengths being quite expressive drawing, mixed media work and painting. Steph and Beth stated how they were highly interested in fabric, however Beth was more interested in print and pattern and Steph felt her strengths lay in more hands on stitch work. Being from a ceramics background, Chelsea said she loved clay work but her strong points included glazing and crackle work. Rachel felt she was particularly good at black and white line pen drawing and digital manipulation of imagery. It was a valuable insight to know everyone’s strong points but again there wasn’t much common ground between our disciplines.

This Led us to consider what it was that we really did have in common, we thought about this from many angles and considered how we could incorporate all of our practices. We came to the conclusion that the one thing in common we have throughout all of our disciplines is DRAWING.

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So, We have decided to incorporate our different styles of sketching, different mediums and different surfaces to produce some sort of collaborative drawing. 

We are planning on making a large-scale collaborative drawing with a body of smaller ones leading up to it. We had the idea of maybe making the smaller ones into a collaborative diary/book that everyone could put their own stamp on. As of yet, we are not sure whether to draw lots of images from our own ideas or decide on one but we will just start drawing and see how it goes.

We say drawing in its loosest sense, because we thought that as well as drawing with charcoal and pencils and pens, we could all add in our own practices. The textiles girls quite fancied stitching into the paper and maybe adding bits of material to it. I was thinking of adding some paint and thick palette knife work and Rachel was thinking about digitally printing edited drawings and adding them in/collaging them on top. We are hoping that something visually very interesting will come out of this project because even though we are all drawing, we will all draw very differently because of our artistic backgrounds.

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