London College of Communication BA (Hons) Graphic and Media Design Tutor Jack Blake and Printmaking Technician Barbara Salvadori have been investigating the sustainability of printmaking with their project Inside Outside.

The project involved students and staff taking part in three workshops, each in a different location. All three workshops were designed to give participants a unique creative experience whilst emphasising the importance of sustainability.

They began at Heygate Estate in Walworth, where they found recycled mesh and old picture frames to use to make screen-prints. On Hampstead Heath, the group used mud to do relief printing. The final workshop involved using sunlight and seawater to expose and develop solar print plates at Dungeness Beach, where the elements proved to be challenging.

The project had two aims; to investigate how working outside would affect creative processes and additionally to test the sustainability of the printmaking process.

In the Outside Inside documentary, Jack describes this as ‘being in tune with nature.’ Working outside with nature, without electricity or heating, lessens the impact that printmaking has on the environment.

The final outcome of the project will be a bound book of all the prints that were produced during the workshops. The book will be a learning tool to show how natural environments can shape the way art is produced and how work can be made more sustainable.

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