Blog by artist/printmaker Dawn Cole
Since beginning the process of transcribing the diary and researching Clarice there have been a number of fortunate coincidences that have led me down specific paths. Having decided to explore using textiles for my next work i realised that, although i work predominately using printmaking i have very little experience with working on or with textiles.
I needed to find a way of accessing some tuition and equipment to begin working on my initial ideas. As luck would have it, i received an email from a friend who i had not seen for a couple of years; Lorna Dallas-Conte. Lorna and i first met about 6 years ago, soon after i had graduated. She was working as a Creative Consultant at that time and i was fortunate to have a few advisory sessions with her. Lorna is also an artist and we stayed in touch. In 2009 we collaborated on a sound installation for my exhibition Reading Between the Lines (the first project in response to Clarice’s archive) and then lost touch for a while. Her email, in August 2011 was to say she was now working with London Printworks Trust and it would be nice to catch up.
London Printworks Trust is a charity, based in Brixton, providing a centre of excellence for Textile Print. What could be more perfect! http://londonprintworkstrust.wordpress.com/
In August i went to LPT and discussed my ideas for this project with Lorna. She loved it, agreed to LPT supporting me and encouraged me to apply for Arts Council funding.
I guess that brings me to now. I applied for funding, got it; thank you very much Arts Council England, and so Resting Place begins. Please follow my blog as i will be sharing the research and development of this project as it progresses. I would also love to hear from anyone following my blog.