Sunday, June 18, 2017

Mission Impossible (If it wasn't for super-artists!!)

A workshop with Lizzy Robinson

Project: Hard Pressed WA's print artist Lizzy Robinson touring WA to create a network of print works from all over the state.
Mission: Collect designs from local Hopetoun & Ravensthorpe artists to be incorporated into a community wood cut that once printed, will be exhibited around the state.
Workshop: One-day wood cutting workshop held by a super artist for super artists.
Time line: Pull together the whole collaborative design in one morning, teach the wood cutting technique, and get a good start on completing the wood cutting mission.
Dangers: Beware the villain "cutting tools".

With a mission outline, that wasn't too top secret, super-artists from both Ravensthorpe and Hopetoun gathered at Windspray Arts headquarters. Serious representations were discussed, designs were shuffled and executive decisions were made. In hindsight, it was a little experimental to fill a room full of super-artists with a handful of sharp tools, under pressure to complete their mission.

All in good fun, and all in the name of art and community, the piece came together cut by cut. The collaborative piece was to become moving showcase of where the Ravensthorpe bush meets the sea of Hopetoun.

With more grueling wood cutting sessions at Windspray HQ, the 1200 x 900 piece was finished with unimaginable care by some very dedicated executive operatives. After almost 3 weeks of collaborative work it is clear that one must never abort an artistic mission. Nothing is impossible with the right attitude (and some sharp weapons).

The wood cut will now be heavily escorted to Geraldton to prepare for the next stage in this elaborate operation. Printing will be executed via an industrial roller on the Geraldton foreshore in September 2017.  RRAC will be deploying their espionage tactics to report, so stay tuned to this blog and the RRAC facebook page.

A special mention goes to First Quantum Minerals Ravensthorpe Nickel operations for providing Lizzy's accommodation.

Thank you to Windspray Arts, Maitland Street Hopetoun, for partnering with Ravensthorpe Regional Arts Council and hosting this event.

Ravensthorpe Regional Arts Council receives core funding from Country Arts WA, which receives funding from the State Government through the Department of Culture and the Arts and Lotterywest.