GIFT A FLOWER, MAKE A FRIEND
RELIEF STAMP MAKING WORKSHOP
INDIA ART FAIR 2022, New Delhi-29th march, 2022
The LADN team conducted an hour-long relief printmaking workshop at the IAF Studios. It had lay people from 6 to 60 years of age participating, swapping postcards, and having fun. Each candidate was taught to cut a flower on a stamp-sized linoleum sheet using the U and V tool. This linoleum block was then printed on a postcard in an edition of six. The edition prints were exchanged amongst participants as takeaways from the workshop. The workshop was followed by a visit to the LADN booth to allow the participants a view of the immense possibilities of this simple medium. The participants were delighted to know that they could make artwork in edition by hand-printing in a home setup.
DAG, The Claridges, New Delhi – 2 April, 2022
The LADN team conducted a linocut workshop for Delhi Art Gallery’s Collections and Sales employees at their gallery space at The Claridges, New Delhi. The participants were taught to make their own linoleum blocks and print them on postcards to give them a hands-on experience of the art they handle. The experience made the employees aware of the effort involved in making a print, and led them to appreciate the medium more. The workshop was followed by a virtual walkthrough of the project on the LADN website by the curator.
ARTHSHILA, Santiniketan – 26th June 2022
Nilanjan Das conducted LADN’s third workshop at Arthshila Santiniketan. The workshop was very engaging, with a diverse group of youngsters from ages 6 to 18. In the first session, they enjoyed the linocutting process, and some even made 2”x3” blocks. They printed these on postcards and exchanged them with each other to make new friends.
The second session was even more interesting. Participants were divided into two groups and given the task of designing their gardens and farms. Because Team A had more fruits and vegetables than Team B, they shared fruit and vegetable postcards and blocks. Team B, on the other hand, has more flower varieties and shared flower postcards and blocks with Team A to design their gardens.
We talked about organic fertilisation and rainwater harvesting. This discussion had a significant impact on the participants. Team B added a rainwater harvesting system to their garden, while Team A added an organic fertiliser unit. After discussing how gardening protects local wildlife and pollinators, they added bees, butterflies, and even goats to their collage.
ARTHSHILA, AHMEDABAD – 21 August 2022
BELONGINGS: AN ESCAPE FROM BOREDOM
Relief Printmaking Workshop by Avni Bansal
The opening was followed by a linocut workshop for the architecture students on 21st August 2022. The title of the workshop was ‘Belongings – an escape from boredom’. We all felt lonely and bored, restricted to limited activities during the lockdowns, but this also allowed ample time to rejuvenate our interest in new or lost pursuits. The participants made stamps of the objects/experiences they felt most connected to during lockdowns. The exercise helped the participants understand how they can convey their actions , beliefs and interests through motifs and symbols.
Department of Graphic Arts, Faculty of Fine Arts, MSU, Vadodara
IDEATING TOWARDS PANDEMIC BOOKS
Bookmaking Workshop By Paula Sengupta
We spent two years and more living the pandemic, drifting in and out of drastic and not-so-drastic
lockdowns. Life and learnings changed radically.
In the course of a 3-day ideating workshop, the MFA Printmaking students at MSU, Vadodara tried
to recollect this time and identify a story, an anecdote, a sentiment, an experience that remains
alive in each of their memories from then. This recollection was then translated into a continuous
narrative of six sequences constituting text and image.
The students made to-size dummies of their pandemic books during the course of the workshop, to
be realised later in the printmaking medium.