Printing and Painting at Merton Faith In Action
Having already worked with Merton Faith In Action Homelessness Project with my film project Patterns Of Home I approached them again to see if they would be interested in me facilitating any art activities with the service users. This resulted in me planning and facilitating a number of printing workshops for users of the drop-in service. Over a period of several weeks I worked on a project with the service users and this culminated in us producing a set of printed textile bunting flags, which now hang as bunting in the social area of the drop in.
Using sponge printing and freehand painting techniques, the participants, who included service users and some staff /volunteers, applied acrylic paints to calico fabric through hand cut stencils or freehand methods. Loosely based around themes of architecture and nature, the sessions provided an opportunity for people to express their creativity through printing, painting and freehand drawing. The response to the project provided positive feedback from service users, staff and volunteers and isolation mental health issues low self esteem
initial ideas were generated by myself and then users gave input made their own contribution to the designs and topics they wished to paint.