The Mill Co. Project is creative social enterprise scheme in the heart of East London’s thriving creative community. Their studios are conveniently located in Hackney between Shoreditch, Dalston and Islington.
They formed to create a creative co-operative environment in which the the independent creative community can thrive, providing affordable workspace where freelancers can work together and collaborate. They also provide workshops, shoot, gallery and event space, creating an inspirational alternative to working from home.
The Mill Co. Project is run by Claire Martin & Nick Hartwright and is the sister organisation to Mill Co. a creative collective and full service creative agency made up entirely of independent creative and design specialists, many of whom are based at The Mill Co. Project studios.
For Designersblock Edition 16 several studios based at the Mill Co Project will be running workshops in the area next to the Clore Ballroom in the Royal Festival Hall.
Friday the 20th from 2pm-6pm
Make a Light-Up Robot Badge
Come learn the basics of wearable technology by sewing a circuit with needle and thread. You'll learn the basics of working with electricity and how to sew a circuit that lights up LEDs.
At Codasign we believe that digital technologies have the same creative potential as paint and canvas. Our workshops enable people with great ideas to use code and electronics to express themselves and bring these ideas to life. We welcome people who want to make a noise, create something beautiful, or just learn a new skill. Whether teaching children or adults, we love working with open source tools like Processing, Arduino, Scratch and MaKey MaKey.
Royal Festival Hall
Friday 20th, 14:00 – 18:00
Sunday 22nd 2pm-5pm
STRANGERS IN A SLASHSTROKE WORLD
A FILM PRODUCED AND DIRECTED BY MANI VERTIGO
Come illustrate and animate your own character and add yourself to the growing story of “STRANGERS IN SLASHSTROKE WORLD” as directed by illustrator Mani Vertigo.
A workshop exploring collage, mark making, illustration, gif making and abstract narratives all in the spirit of Slashstroke. Mani Vertigo will be producing a animated film throughout the workshop bringing together all the creative input from those who take part. A real exercise of Strangers in a Slashstroke world.
The workshop will take place on Sunday between 2-5, to make an appointment.
Friday 20th, 18:00 – 19:00
Join Polaroid photographer Rhiannon Adam in this workshop exploring a variety of opportunities for creative manipulation of Polaroid and Impossible Project films. Create one-off pieces of work, and embrace the unpredictable nature of analogue photography.
The workshop will focus on emulsion lifting and image transfers.
What is emulsion lifting?
Emulsion lifting is a process particular to certain types of old Polaroid film, and the new Impossible Project films. The basic principal is that the layers of the developed photograph are separated, and with the help of water and deft fingers, the picture layer can be floated off and “lifted” onto a new surface. This creates a unique artwork, crossing the boundaries between fine art and photography, and opening up new avenues for creative alchemy!
We will create pictures to lift during the workshop, though you are welcome to bring your own Impossible Project photographs that you would like to experiment with. All participants will go home with their very own emulsion lift on paper. No photographic experience necessary!
What is an image transfer?
An image transfer is when we halt the development of Polaroid film, preventing the image from transferring the dyes onto its paper side. We use the negative part of the image (the side we would usually discard) to ‘transfer’ the image to a new surface – be it wood, paper, glass, or anything else you can imagine. This requires fast and decisive work, but yields beautiful results when done correctly.
£10 to cover materials provided
Rhiannon Adam is a Polaroid photographer based in East London, originally hailing from Co. Cork, Ireland. She works exclusively with expired Polaroid materials and Impossible Project film. She has been exhibited worldwide, and is best known for her large-scale composite emulsion lift works.
* No photographic experience necessary!
We Are Laura will combine simple printing techniques with collage and paper-craft to create unique greetings cards and stationary with a nautical theme. Workshop prices will vary from £3 – £8 depending on what you would like to make and take away with you.
We Are Laura is a creative design studio that was founded in east London in 2010 by Middlehurst and Woolf. (Can you guess our first names?) We specialise in delivering unique creative solutions, including brand identities and collateral, books, websites, exhibition design and have reinvented high streets and storefronts in Barking and Walthamstow as part of Outer London Fund Regeneration Schemes. We work for brands such as Harper Collins, The Architecture Foundation, Neal Street Productions and Oasis Fashion.
We are Laura will be running workshops on the Friday 20th and saturday the 21st.
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