Printing Bunting for Peace a Cyanotype Workshop
‘It’s a Wrap Festival Finale’ – 31st March 2018
As part of last day of Essex Book Festival 2018 we invited everyone along to Jaywick Martello Tower for our Festival Finale, it was free to the general public, with around one hundred people passed through the Tower on that day.
The Jaywick Martello Tower, located in Jaywick Sands, is a fabulous Heritage Museum and Arts Venue. From the moment you step over the threshold you instantly slip back into another time. We thoroughly enjoyed working there, mostly I think because of the warm, informed Tower team for whom nothing was too much trouble.
The day involved a Peace Bunting Making Workshop, a community mural, origami making, storytelling in the tower, a writing workshop and lots to see on our exhibition of 1000 Peace Cranes and Children’s Peace Wall.
Resorting to the Coast funded a ‘Peace Bunting Workshop’ as part of the day, and people of all ages were invited to take part in the workshop. The participants really enjoyed all sitting around a table learning how to do something new, whilst working on something which had such a positive message: PEACE!
They learned how to create the sun-printed peace bunting, with artist Angenita Hardy-Teekens, using the ‘cyanotype’ method: a monochrome photographic printing process which gives a cyan-blue print. Fabric is coated with a solution of a light-sensitive mixture and allowed to dry and then the sensitized fabric is covered with a various objects and then exposed to UV light or sunlight.
During the event they also learned how to make origami cranes, both of which became part of our Festival Peace Wall.
Throughout the Festival we invited people to consider a theme of ‘War and Peace’, to mark the centenary of the end of the First World War. The pieces created were exhibited at the tower for the Festival Finale. The smiles in the photos are quite telling everyone had a fabulous time and thoroughly enjoyed getting involved!
Written by Rosalind Green, edited by Sara Hayes.
More details here: https://essexbookfestival.org.uk/event/peace-bunting-print-workshop/