Voices of Margate

For this term we focused on using our voices to demonstrate what Margate means to us. This was explored through a series of workshops focusing on two basic mediums: sound and print. We worked with singer sarasara to create a unique and exciting soundscape evoking our thoughts and feelings of the town alongside a print workshop led by artist/textile designer Yemi Awosile. Programmed by Sarah Karen.

Wednesday 5 June 2019

Sounds from Margate – Excursion to Olby’s Soul Cafe and Music Rooms: In our first soundscape session with singer, musician and producer sarasara. We looked at a basic map of Margate and identified key areas of the town that are important to us. We began working on our soundscape by recording words and phrases that represent our thoughts and feelings of the town we live in.

Wednesday 12 June 2019

Messages from Margate: In this session we revisited our sound recordings and picked out words and phrases that could be used to inspire simple but BOLD posters. Our posters took influence from the Russian constructivism movement, using a limited colour palette of paint, cut-out letters, and basic monoprinting.

Wednesday 19 June 2019

Messages from Margate part 2: In this session we demonstrated the power of physical print by taking an active role in displaying our posters in highly visible areas around town, including billboards and shop windows. The posters carried the hashtag #despacitoartschool and we used this as an opportunity to create anticipation in the lead up to Margate Carnival.

Wednesday 26 June 2019

Cyanotype workshop – capturing movement: How can the body be used to create and evoke different feelings? How can we use movement as a tool to communicate? In this session we watched short snippets from films and cartoons, and then created prints influenced by these clips using a large piece of cyanotype fabric. These prints were used as flags during the Margate Carnival procession.

Wednesday 3 July 2019

Power of print with Yemi Awosile: In this session we used our building and its interior to create rubbings, drawings and texts that we then manipulated via photocopying and monoprinting. We looked at how we can use basic printing techniques to manipulate drawings and textures to take on new meanings and narratives. We used the results to reclaim and alter the narrative of our space.

Wednesday 10 July 2019

Carnival prep: In this session we constructed more props and decorations for Margate Carnival. We started by creating small and large mouths, ears, speech bubbles and puppets out of cardboard.

Wednesday 17 July 2019

Carnival prep part 2: In this session we continued making props for Margate Carnival, as well as adding iron-on logos that we designed to t-shirts.

Wednesday 24 July 2019 (double session)

Sounds from Margate part 2: In this second session with sarasara we created simple sounds with our bodies, eg. clapping, tapping and thumping. These sounds were recorded and merged with our previous recordings to create a unique soundscape that we played during the carnival procession.