Yesterday was my first workshop day at the House of Illustration. For this time the workshop was leaded by two illustration students at Kingston University. As I came earlier I had time to chat with them and learned that they were new to this kind of workshops. They were asked by one of their tutors at university to do this as so they could gain some experience. Also we talked about our courses and looked at each other’s works and after our chat we started to prepared the space and materials for the workshop. We were expecting 16 people, 6 adults and 10 children. The workshop was about making a lenticular collage: one way was going to show the past and the other the future.
We prepared the lenticular papers by folding A3 sheets into eight long strips so that people would have more time to do the collage. After that we filled the tables with colour papers, magazines, sizers, pencils and glue. When the materials and the room was ready it was time for me to go upstairs to receive the people and bring them down. A moment later everyone was sitting in the place to choose and started working in their past and their future. And here came one of the most beautiful moments in which the flow of concentration felt as if each one was in their own world and at the same time very much united to the rest by a sense of peace and wellbeing. The room full of mainly children and some adults…. silence in the air. This connection to the spirit is what I most love of arts, sometimes I even think that I love it more than the piece of art coming out of this state. This is what I really pursuit by doing arts. When people started finishing their works conversations started slowly between people that they didn’t know before each other: what would you prefer; to go to the space or under the sea in a submarine
The results were beautiful. More than what I expected. People slowly left in peace and love and Joey, Holy and me with another volunteer left the room tidy and ready for the next time.