Iris and Dora Designs is taking over the OSA pop-up shop for the week, in support of Autism Guernsey. We’re getting installed tonight (Sunday), we are exhausted, but we’re pretty pleased with ourselves too and hope we can manage to get some people through the door.
We are slowly getting our studio back in order after taking our screens and inks to the Sark Folk Festival, and have had some time to go through our photos of the weekend. Whereas at Arts Sunday we were mobbed and could do little more than give people pre-cut stencils, this time we were able to work with people on their own designs. Happily, many adults as well as children decided to give it a go. Here are a few:
And after all that hard work, time for cider and a dance:
We are back in the studio after a phenomenally fantastic weekend in Sark. For anyone who doesn’t know it, Sark is a small island with a population of just 600, a 45-minute boat ride from Guernsey. The Sark Folk Festival has been running for three years now and is a small family-friendly, relaxed music festival that brings together folk bands, morris dancers, hirdy girdy players, bag-pipers, lobster catchers, craft makers and now screen printers!
Since we were lugging all of our screens and inks to the festival we decided to offer a workshop to the school as well. There are 34 children at the school between the ages of 4 and 16, taught in three groups. We anticipated a quick two-hour workshop, but a lot of the children decided to design their own stencils rather than use our pre-cut ones so we were there for most of the day.
The combination of small-island life and being taught in mixed age groups seems to make for very independent thinkers and a very supportive group of children.
The computer game Minecraft seems to be all the rage in Sark (we’re way too old to know what that is but we were amused when a flipped letter made the slogan “I love Winecraft”) and the ubiquitous One Direction is popular, but there are a lot of original thinkers at Sark school. Have a look at some of their creations:
And some of the bags already in use:
We are busy busy preparing for Sark Folk Festival and we are very excited about it. Neither of us has been but we have heard a lot about it and know and love some of the bands and singers who will be there. In anticipation, we have prepared a new paper cut, which we think captures the mood. Here it is on children’s t-shirts:
On another note, we recently took receipt of some secondhand screen-printing frames and realised how toxic the plastisols most screen-printers work with are. The frames retained residues of ink that we could only clean by using harsh solvents. We took the decision from the start to use soil-association-approved, solvent-free inks, and we are so glad we did, even though they are blummin expensive. It means we only need water to wash our screens and children can screen-print safely and easily. We would recommend them to anyone interested in trying out screen-printing. We use Permaset inks, but there are other solvent-free brands available.