Silent Signal Symposium


Tracy & Hobbs were invited to speak at Silent Signal Symposium, Derby University which explored collaboration between artists and scientist. Silent Signal is a project which enabled 6 artists working with animation to work with bio medical scientists, and their animations are now being exhibited at Quad, derby.

We spoke about our ongoing collaboration with Prof. Malcolm Burrows and our project WaterFolk.

It was inspiring to hear about different approaches to collaborating and an over view of work in this field in the UK, and to meet a bunch of interesting people all working away on a host of different projects.

We are currently working on a series of 1 minute films on some local beasts such as amazing Froghoppers.dytiscus002

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Its official!

Our fantastic group of children at Nelson Primary School in Whitton received their Arts Award certificates this week. Everyone was very excited and proud to get their hands on their certificates as they are a real achievement and no mean feat!

Arts Award is an accredited course which  is an Entry Level 3 qualification on the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF). Anyone aged up to 25 can take part in Arts Award and they are a great way of exploring the arts and gaining skills.

The Arts Award moderators said the work made by the children was “innovative and wonderful” and we think so too.


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Our last day in the library

We had the wonderful Hydar Dewachi with us in the library, here are his pictures of the day.

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Collage workshop

Yesterday was a busy day, with a full group for our collage and Japanese bookbinding workshop in the morning, some wonderful passing by visitors in the afternoon and our brilliant young regular bookmakers after school. Emily and I managed to finish off a couple of Whitton Small Press publications in the quiet patches.  Tomorrow is our last official workshop day, so we’ll have some fancy biscuits and plenty of Whitton Small Press business for visitors to join in with.

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Rubber stamp workshop

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Brian of Whitton

Joss told us that the handsome cat we had spotted on Whitton Station when we first came to Whitton was mostly called Brian (sometimes Thomas) and that he’s very popular.  All the library visitors knew him, and we made some fantastic rubber stamp portraits of him using speedball rubber and carving tools.  On the library join-in day this Saturday visitors made their own edition of Brian portraits with the covers made from tickets.  Thank you to the Whitton Station guard who gave those to us.

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Whitton update

We had a productive day in the library on Friday, we did some coptic binding in the morning, and Emily and I made small editions of a Whitton colouring book (book of the day!) and Whitton linocuts, which was an assembly of all the prints made last week.  In the afternoon we made thaumotropes with the small after school library users, many of whom have visited us a few times.

This week Chocolate Films will be joining us to make a short documentary about the project.  They made a film about our project Water Folk, called Water Folk – The Documentary, which is very useful.  Sometimes the projects are busy and it’s difficult for us to stop and record what we’re doing and what people think.

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Yesterday visitors to Whitton Small Press made some beautiful linocuts based on an old map of Whitton.  For most participants, many of whom are local artists, this was their first experiments with the medium, which makes the results of the two hour workshop even more extraordinary.  Emily and I plan to make one of their edition into a little book.

After school, we had 28 smaller visitors who made portraits of Sir John Suckling out of rubber stamps. Suckling was a well known 17th Century Poet who lived in Whitton.

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Day 2 Whitton Small Press

Today Lizzy shared her Coptic stitch skills and we made some bound books with patterned and blank pages to fill. It was great to welcome our first participants from Whitton in our morning sessions which will be taking place every Wednesday and Friday mornings in November.

We started our first exploration of the giant Praxinoscope and got to grips with the photocopier and its uses within the rich and calm environment that is Whitton Library. Roll  on next Wednesday when we will be getting out the lino printing supplies to make printed pages and covers for our books.

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The first day of our residency

Emily and I have tidied the cupboard at the back of the library and installed ourselves into it, we come out on Wednesdays and Fridays for the whole of November and recieve visitors, to make badges, books and yesterday we had tea and biscuits too.

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We celebrated the end of the arts award project with Nelson Primary School by showing off all the lovely books that the group had made, and we projected the ABC film of their flip books in the cupboard.  If you didn’t make it, don’t worry, their books will be on display in the cupboard all of November, and the film is here on Vimeo.


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