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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