WORDS DRAW PROJECT UPDATES

In May 2014 I established the WORDS DRAW blog to chart the development of my, and fellow Artists in Residence Boedi Widjaja (Singapore) and Angela Gooliaff’s (Canada), time at DRAWInternational (DRAW), France through May – July 2014.

On this blog you can find an archive of photographic material, and commentary, documenting this period and the artistic processes at DRAW.

As we near the end of the year, please now refer to my main site (www.writingthevisual.wordpress.com) where you will find updates about my project, news of the other artists and any collaborative works that have stemmed from this activity at DRAW – such as Angela and my current series ANT v ART.

For details of Boedi and Angela’s current individual practices, please do take a look at their websites:

BOEDI WIDJAJA http://boediwidjaja.com/

ANGELA GOOLIAFF http://angelagooliaff.com/

And if you have any questions regarding the WORDS DRAW project – please do get in touch with me!

Altair Roelants

writing.visual@yahoo.com

A Drawing Show (Singapore) featuring BOEDI WIDJAJA!

Boedi Widjaja is currently in the group exhibition A Drawing Show (1 August – 14 September) curated by Louis Ho at Yeo Workshop, Gillman Barracks in Singapore. Along with fellow Singaporean artists Ian Woo, Wong Lip Chin and Bangkok-based artist Jaitip Jaidee.

Widjaja’s featured work includes a selection of the prints and drawings he developed from the textures of Caylus during his residency at DRAWInternational in May 2014.

A snapshot of some of the processes informing Widjaja’s current exhibition are captured on this blog.

‘A Drawing Show is an attempt to provide a concise take on the medium in Southeast Asia today, a view of the realities and possibilities of drawing. From pencil-on-paper works, to structural interventions, to conceptual approaches to mark-making, we witness a progressive shift away from the object to the body, from an emphasis on the visual complex to the gestural force that animates it…Widjaja’s rubbings, produced while on residency in a medieval village in France, are explorations of texture and history’ YEO WORKSHOP Website

Please take a look at the Yeo Workshop website for details and if you happen to be in Singapore this month, do visit this great show!

www.yeoworkshop.com

Boedi Widjaja, Wallpaper detail_1 (2014) Part of Installation comprising 9 drawings, glass sheets, brick and video. Image Courtesy of Yeo Workshop.

Boedi Widjaja, Wall Paper _detail 1 (2014). Part of an installation comprising nine drawings, glass sheets, brick and video. Image Courtesy of Yeo Workshop.

The end of the line at DRAWInternational

These images were taken during Canadian artist Angela Gooliaff’s and my last day together on our residencies at DRAWInternational (DRAW).

I took the majority of the photographs in Angela’s studio minutes before she packed up all of her fabulous drawings – to stop them from crawling off the page! After DRAW, Angela travelled through France with family and has now returned to her home town of Vancouver where she’ll continue to develop the body of work she created at DRAW and, of course, she’ll be busy making new drawings!

It was great to share and discuss ideas (and walk!) with you Angela during our time at DRAW, and I look forward to more conversations and collaborations soon.

To view Angela’s portfolio, please visit the artist’s website:

www.angelagooliaff.com

And the top image shows my (very) empty studio at DRAW – my final days as writer in residence didn’t create a particularly messy studio for me to clear up…piles of notebooks, pens and laptops are always easier to pack away than grapple with huge rolls of paper!

Following my residency at DRAW, I am remaining in France to continue working on my arts writing practice and this project – so please check back here for details.

And thank you John & Grete McNorton – DRAWInternational’s founders and directors – for a very rewarding, interesting and stimulating two months learning about the rich and fascinating world of drawing.

My empty studio at DRAWInternational

My empty studio at DRAWInternational

Angela in front of  her studio wall and a selection of her drawings

Angela Gooliaff in front of her studio wall and a selection of her drawings

The wall

Angela Gooliaff’s studio wall

Me photographing Angela's works

Me photographing Angela’s Gendarme sketches – photograph by Angela Gooliaff

Close up of the Gendarme sketch by Angela Gooliaff

Close up of the Gendarme sketch by Angela Gooliaff

More photography

More photography – photograph by Angela Gooliaff

A view from DRAW's studio window  - a drawing made by Angela Gooliaff

A view from DRAW’s studio window – a drawing made by Angela Gooliaff

Me photographing Angela's floor based works

Me photographing Angela’s floor based works – photograph by Angela Gooliaff

Some spiders - drawing by Angela Gooliaff

Some spiders – drawing by Angela Gooliaff

Angela making some last drawings at her studio table

Angela Gooliaff adding final touches to some drawings at her studio table

Drawing by Angela Gooliaff

Drawing by Angela Gooliaff

Angela Gooliaff

Angela Gooliaff

Unless otherwise stated – all photographic and written content on the WORDS DRAW blog is copyright Altair Roelants.

© 2014 Altair Roelants

Drawing the Obsessive

Below are some photographs of recent works in Angela’s studio in which she has been expanding her insects in size, exploring mark-making techniques, working with art historical schemas and self-made drawing instruments that attempt to capture the essence of a spider’s movement.

The final images in this post show a series of small ‘writing studies in ants’ that Angela has created in response to pieces of my experimental art text. Angela uses repetition, multiples and parody and the visual metaphor of the ant as a vehicle to investigate human behaviour, specifically our need for communication, connection and conformity.

And following on from our time at DRAW, Angela and I will be collaborating on a text/drawing project – more details to come soon!

Drawing  - Angela Gooliaff

Drawing – image by Angela Gooliaff

Angela Gooliaff - Drawing from a distance

Angela Gooliaff – Drawing from a distance

Drawing by Angeal Gooliaff

Drawing by Angeal Gooliaff

Angela Gooliaff studio image

Studio – image by Angela Gooliaff

Responses to text - Angela Gooliaff

Writing study in ants – Angela Gooliaff

Responses to text - Angela Gooliaff

Writing study in ants – Angela Gooliaff

Responses to text  - Angela Gooliaff

Writing study in ants – Angela Gooliaff

Responses to text - Angela Gooliaff

Writing study in ants – Angela Gooliaff

Unless otherwise stated – all photographic and written content on the Words Draw blog is copyright Altair Roelants.

© 2014 Altair Roelants

Gendarme & Cage

A couple of updates from DRAW…

As you can see from these latest images, Angela’s beautifully detailed drawing of the Gendarme is really beginning to take shape. Here are few glimpses of the work in progress as the Gendarmes spread across the paper – it’s been fascinating to watch!

Now I’m spending more time writing in my studio the posts about my work look far less exciting…luckily I have a great artist and views to make this blog look good!

This week (over the hallway), I have been researching and writing poetry and John also reintroduced me to John Cage’s Notations which I haven’t read since art school – so to read it again now, in the context of my writing practice here at DRAW, has given Cage’s work new resonance for me.

Quote from Notations

Quote from John Cage’s – Notations

Detail - Angela Gooliaff's work in progress

Detail – Angela Gooliaff’s work in progress

Angela Gooliaff drawing

Angela Gooliaff drawing

Detail - Angela Gooliaff's work in progress

Detail – Angela Gooliaff’s work in progress

A walk to get inspired

A walk to get inspired

John Cage's - Notations

John Cage’s – Notations

Research at the DRAW dining table

Reading Cage at DRAW

A break - Angela in a tiny church's tiny doorway

A break – Angela in a the tiny Notre-Dame des graces tiny doorway

A break - enjoying the church's outlook

A break – me enjoying the Notre-Dame des graces outlook

Adventures from the last week…

Morning sun in a corn field

Wake up! – morning sun in a corn field

Light print - on the floor inside Abbaye de Beaulieu-en-Rouergue

Light print – floor inside Abbaye de Beaulieu-en-Rouergue

The peacful Abbaye de Beau;ieu-en-Rouergue

The peacefully majestic Abbaye de Beaulieu-en-Rouergue

Alaine Volut installing his fabulous exhibition inside the Abbaye de Beau;ieu-en-Rouergue

Interior shot – Alain Volut installing his fabulous exhibition L’HOMME PREMIER (14 June – 28 September) Abbaye de Beaulieu-en-Rouergue

Abbaye de Beau;ieu-en-Rouergue

Abbaye de Beaulieu-en-Rouergue

Abbaye de Beau;ieu-en-Rouergue

Abbaye de Beaulieu-en-Rouergue

A pretty perfect picnic spot

A pretty perfect picnic spot

And back at DRAW...our first BBQ of the year thanks to head chef John

And back at DRAW…our first (and delicious!) BBQ of the year thanks to Head Chef John

Amazing views

Amazing views

Taking shade

Taking shade during a 12km hike in the sun

Wild woods

Wild woods

More wild woods

Wild woods

Wild woods 2

Wild woods

Fields of yellow

Fields of yellow

A local Dolmen

An historic local Dolmen

Studio time & Chafer the beetle!

In contrast to May – where I worked off-site a lot and with Boedi – this month I am focusing on the acts of writing, drawing and performativity through both practice based exploration and research here at DRAW.

Angela is also enjoying her quiet studio space here at DRAW and is busy developing a drawing of the unusual red and black Gendarme beetle which is common, and well known, in Caylus and the surrounding area. As well as being visually striking – Angela is interested in the Gendarme’s behaviour which involves them clustering together in groups.

So in June there will be more studio time captured on the WORDS DRAW blog…For starters, here are some images taken over the last few days of Angela and myself at work.

And introducing Angela’s rescue (rescued by John from the DRAW garden) Rose Chafer beetle – Chafer – that flew away today after four days of rest.

I have a feeling that June will see this blog crawling with bugs rather than stones!

Angela's rescued beatle Chaffer - photograph by Angela.

Angela’s rescued beetle Chafer – photographed by Angela.

Me drawing in my studio

The ‘writer’ is finally drawing

Me drawing in my studio

Me drawing in my studio

My sketches and notes

Some of my sketch experiments and notes

Sketch detail

Sketch detail

Skylines

Skylines – view from my studio window

Angela at work

Angela at work in her studio at DRAW

A Gendarme beetle by Angela Gooliaff

A Gendarme beetle by Angela Gooliaff

Angela's rescued beatle Chaffer

Chafer examining the work – photographed by Angela

Angels in her studio

Angela in her studio

Unless otherwise stated – all photographic and written content on the Words Draw blog is copyright Altair Roelants.

© 2014 Altair Roelants

In search of donkeys & giant wasps…

Vancouver based artist Angela Gooliaff is DRAWInternational Artist in Residence for June 2014.

Angela’s practice employs insects to ‘explore parody, exaggeration through multiples and vulnerability—more specifically, the silent space between comfort and discomfort’.

Angela arrived in Caylus last week – here are some images taken during one of my guided (kind of…when I’m not getting us lost!) walks of the local area.

To read more about Angela’s fascinating work – please visit the About the Artists page of the WORDS DRAW blog.

Angela feeding a greedy grey donkey

Angela feeding the bossier of the two donkeys

The less confident black one

His less confident friend

Very inquisitive!

Very inquisitive!

Angela photographing a giant wasp we spotted on a walk

Angela photographing a giant wasp we spotted on a walk

The wasp

THE wasp

Unless otherwise stated – all photographic and written content on the Words Draw blog is copyright Altair Roelants.

© 2014 Altair Roelants

Another busy Saturday in Montauban!

After seeing Boedi off at the train station (thanks for picture and comment Boedi!) and having coffee with Stephane and Sylvie (thank you!), I had another Saturday out in Montauban and finally made it to the great market and wonderful Museum of Natural History Victor-Brun.

Me in Montabaun botanic gardens

Me in Montauban botanic gardens

Montauban reflected

Montauban reflected

Finally made it to the Montabaun market

Finally made it to the Montauban market – great local produce

Some of the extensive bird collection at The museum of Natural History Victor-Brun

Some of the extensive bird collection at The museum of Natural History Victor-Brun

A little kiwi at the Museum of Natural History Victor-Brun

A little kiwi at the Museum of Natural History Victor-Brun

Some of the Australian birds at the Museum of Natural History Victor-Brun

Some of the Australian birds at the Museum of Natural History Victor-Brun

A very interesting and detailed photographic book of the taxidermy - The Museum of Natural History Victor-Brun

A very interesting, and detailed, step-by-step photographic book of taxidermy! – The Museum of Natural History Victor-Brun

A fascinating historic article about the use of Elephants in the local area as farm labour - The Museum of Natural History Victor-Brun

A fascinating historic article about the use of Elephants in the local area as farm labour – The Museum of Natural History Victor-Brun

Farewell Boedi!

After a very productive, interesting and enjoyable month of May working alongside Boedi Widjaja- the images below capture the last few days of Boedi’s residency here at DRAWInternational. They include photographs detailing the final stages of Boedi’s process at DRAW – latex coating some of the larger stones he’d sourced in Caylus, so he was able to take moulds of them back to Singapore in order to recreate the surface textures without having to fill his luggage with rocks!

We will miss you Boedi and can’t wait to see how your exciting project and art practice continues to develop in Singapore.

Farewell for now & keep in touch!

To read about Boedi’s work – please visit the artist’s website listed below:

www.boediwidjaja.com

Boedi in the DRAW workshop - coated up to start working with latex

Boedi in the DRAW workshop – coated up to start working with latex

John teaching Boedi about the latex

John teaching Boedi about working with latex

Boedi's latex covered stones

Boedi’s latex covered stones

Detail of Boedi's latex covered stones

Detail of Boedi’s latex covered stones

Boedi's latex covered stones

Boedi’s latex covered stones

Local Pigeonnier

A last adventure – visiting an extraordinary local Pigeonnier

Pigeonnier leg

Pigeonnier leg

Detail - Pigeonnier leg

Detail – Pigeonnier leg

A final walk

A final (and very atmospheric) walk

Amazing moss clad trees

Amazing moss clad trees

The unwrapping - Boedi removing the dried latex from the stones

4 days later…The unwrapping – Boedi removing the dried latex from the stones

The unwrapping - Boedi removing the dried latex from the stones

The unwrapping

Detail - Boedi removing the dried latex from the stones

Detail – Boedi removing the dried latex from the stones

Detail - Boedi removing the dried latex from the stones

Detail – Boedi removing the dried latex from the stones

The latex mould and stone  - no need for white gloves with these works!

The latex mould and stone – no need for white gloves with these works!

The unwrapped - Boedi's latex mould and stone

The unwrapped – Boedi’s latex mould and stone

Latex covered stones left to dry at DRAW and be mailed to Boedi in Singapore

Latex covered stones left to dry at DRAW and be mailed to Boedi in Singapore

Boedi's window shot from the train - waving him off!

Boedi’s window shot from the train – waving him off!

HANDS SEE/WORDS DRAW – Open studio & artist talk event

Thank you to everyone that came to our HANDS SEE/WORDS DRAW open studio event on Wednesday evening – it was great to see so many familiar and new faces!

For those who didn’t make it…

The open studio was part of our residency program at DRAWInternational and involved two displays – a selection of Boedi’s drawings, stone traces and prints and my writing, material experiments, and the photographs that I have been taking to document our individual/collaborative processes and this WORDS DRAW blog.

The evening commenced with me doing a live, large scale writing piece in locally sourced walnut ink (see image of me in an oversized white coat!), followed by a short poetry reading of some of my work. Then Boedi and I did an artist talk – a conversation about our work at DRAWInternational which flowed on from our many discussions here over the last month. We chatted about the development of Boedi’s practice and processes, his experiences and what he plans for the next stage of the project in Singapore. And Boedi asked me similar questions about my own writing work here at DRAW throughout May which has involved a variety of experimental, participatory and in situ approaches to arts writing.

Our long, often wordy, answers were all translated seamlessly by Grete – a huge thank you again!

The night was filmed by John and rounded up by an informal discussion and drinks with the audience – an intrigued group gathered with Boedi as he showed them and talked about his fascinating ‘collection’ of printed/drawn textures from Caylus!

Please see some images of the night below and more pictures of Boedi’s work coming soon.

Event poster

Event poster

John, Grete, me and Boedi in front of Boedi's display and large scale graphite path trace

John, Grete, me and Boedi in front of Boedi’s display and large scale graphite path trace

My display of writing and blank paper ready for live writing!

My display of writing and blank paper ready for live writing!

Me doing a live writing piece as people begin to arrive

Me doing a live writing piece as people begin to arrive

Me reading my poetry to the audience

Me reading my poetry to the audience

The open studio crowd

The HANDS SEE/WORDS DRAW crowd – thanks for coming!

Talking later in the evening in front of my filling up page

Talking in front of my filling up page!

Talking on Caylus FM!

On Wednesday Boedi and myself were interviewed – being translated by the amazing Grete – by Caylus journalist and radio presenter Joan Pericas on the local radio station Caylus FM (CFM) about our work at DRAWInternational and upcoming open studio event – HANDS SEE/WORDS DRAW – that evening.

Thank you for inviting, and talking to, us Joan!

The show will be aired this coming Monday on CFM 99.4 MHz – do tune in and listen out for the slot.

Boedi and me being Joan

Boedi and me being interviewed by Joan

Boedi and me behind the mic

Boedi and me behind the mic!

Setting up the space for artist talk

Setting up the space for the open studio event that evening

Boedi's side of the exhiibition space

Boedi’s side of the exhibition space

My side of the exhibition space and paper covered board in preparation for live writing

My side of the exhibition space and paper covered board in preparation for a live writing piece!

HANDS SEE/WORDS DRAW – workshop & studio time

words draw_expo flyer

Over the last few days Boedi and myself have been workshop/studio bound in order to round up our work for May.

Boedi has been busy printing textures as sources of ‘primary information’ for the exciting project he is going to further develop and exhibit in Singapore – expanding upon the material and ideas he has formed here at DRAWInternational throughout May. Boedi is flying out on the 31st – so he has been hard at work!

And I have been compiling the first stage of WORDS DRAW – contextualising all the writing I have done so far and getting ready for Part Two of my residency project in June. Alongside editing and thinking about my work for a French speaking audience (with the much appreciated help of Grete’s translation skills!) which has been a new and useful experience for me.

And we’ve been preparing work for our joint event – HANDS SEE/WORDS DRAW – Open Studio & Artist Talks.

HANDS SEE/WORDS DRAW – Wednesday 28th May 7pm in the exhibition space on Caylus Village Square (just next to the bar).

It will involve an ‘open studio’ exhibition to view our works in progress, an artist talk and images about process, and a conversation between Boedi and myself, plus drinks and nibbles.

If you happen to be in Caylus – please do pop by!

Boedi Widjaja Wall Print with traces of wall paper

Boedi Widjaja Wall Print with traces of wall paper

Boedi's growing collection of visual information from Caylus

Boedi’s growing collection of visual information from Caylus

Boedi Widjaja 'Cubist Stone Drawing'

Boedi Widjaja ‘Cubist Stone Drawing’

Boedi Widjaja 'Stone Traces'

Boedi Widjaja ‘Stone Traces’

Boedi Widjaja 'Stone Traces'

Boedi Widjaja ‘Stone Traces’

Boedi Widjaja 'Stone Trace'

Boedi Widjaja ‘Stone Trace’

My studio at DRAW

My studio at DRAW

My studio at DRAW

My studio at DRAW

At work

At work

Table of contents

Table of contents

Trying to look serious (and failing terribly!) while updating this blog at the DRAW house

Trying to look serious (and failing terribly!) while updating this blog in the comfy ‘DRAW’ house

Views from the weekend…

A snail in the morning rain

A snail in the morning rain

Window frame hook in Mantabaun

Window frame hook in Montauban

Window frame hook in Montauban

Window frame hook in Montabaun

Lunch in Manterbaund

Taking a break – lunch in Montauban

Caterpillar help while writing by the lake in Caylus

Caterpillar help while writing by the lake in Caylus

Morning baguette delivery

Morning baguette delivery

A Sunday walk

A Sunday walk

Caylus building

Caylus building

Stones in print

These images show Boedi’s printing experiments with stones – on canvas and hessian at the DRAW workshop with John and taken directly from a wall during a walk we did along the PR5 – and me writing simultaneously about textures found at the same location along the PR5 pathway.

Ink covered wall stone

Ink covered wall stone

Stone prints drying on the wall outside DRAW

Stone prints drying on the wall outside DRAW

Stone prints on hessian and canvas

Stone prints on hessian and canvas

Old school shot of French hay bales enroute

Old school shots of French hay bales enroute

Boedi printing a 'stone trace'

Boedi printing a ‘stone trace’

Boedi adding drawn lines to print

Boedi adding drawn lines to print

Print and line

Print and line revealed

Some of Boedi's stone traces

Some of Boedi’s ‘stone traces’

Me writing on textures

Writing on textures

Wall stone texture detail

Wall stone texture detail

Feather stone

Feather stone

Feather stone detail

Feather stone detail

Tiny fungus

Tiny fungus

Collecting smaller stones for Boedi to print with back at DRAW

Collecting smaller stones for Boedi to print with back at DRAW

Unless otherwise stated – all photographic and written content on the Words Draw blog is copyright Altair Roelants.

© 2014 Altair Roelants

Pathway Traces

These pictures show Boedi completing a graphite rubbing along a section of the PR4 pathway near Caylus. I joined him later in the day to photograph and write about his progress.

Drawing detail

Drawing detail

Boedi drawing

Boedi drawing

Boedi  working

Boedi drawing

Boedi examining drawing

Boedi examining his drawing from above

Boedi's finished drawing

Boedi’s finished drawing

Boedi's graphite covered hand

Boedi’s graphite covered hand

Unless otherwise stated – all photographic and written content on the Words Draw blog is copyright Altair Roelants.

© 2014 Altair Roelants

A trip to Montauban & The Musée Ingres

On Saturday we took a day trip to Montauban – the home of the French Neoclassical painter Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres – to visit The Musée Ingres and their extensive collection of drawings and paintings.

Montauban

Montauban

Outside the Ingres Museum

Outside the The Musée Ingres

The atmospheric cellar gallery at The Musée Ingres

The atmospheric cellar gallery at The Musée Ingres

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© 2014 Altair Roelants

French cooking lessons with Caylus chef and butcher extraordinaire!

Today I had a very enjoyable morning cooking lesson with chef Phillipe Médal, learning to (…well, trying to) cook a chook like the French – deboned and stuffed chicken with layers of freshly made local sausage meat and vegetables, plus some delicious side dishes and sauces too. We ate my efforts (after it had been nicely roasted by Grete) at the DRAW dinner table that evening – not too bad for a semi-vegetarian salad lover.

Merci Philippe!

To read about Phillipe’s wonderful family business – Aux délices de Caylus est – that specialises in all things local, meaty and delicious and offers excellent catering with regional flavours, please visit their website:

http://www.auxdelicesdecaylus.fr/

Bon appétit!

One of the tempting display cabinets at Phillipe’s shop – Bon appétit!

Sewing!

Sewing up my chook!

Stuffing!

Stuffing!

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© 2014 Altair Roelants

Pictures & words in ruins

An afternoon spent printing and writing onsite at the moss and ivy clad ruin of an abandoned building.

Me writing at ruin site

Me writing at ruin site

Interior shot

Interior shot

Ruin prints

Ruin prints

Ruin print

Ruin print

Boedi examining prints

Boedi examining prints outside one of the old doorways

Unless otherwise stated – all photographic and written content on the Words Draw blog is copyright Altair Roelants.

© 2014 Altair Roelants

Touch, perception & memory

Today I did some experimental pieces of writing making observations about texture, touch and perception in relation to their expression in visual and written forms.

Shadow

Leaf shadow detail

Green flower

Wild green flower

Spiral fern

Spiral fern

Moss

Moss

Leaf hole and shadow

Insect bitten leaf and shadow

Caterpillar tree

Caterpillar tree

Caterpillar tree detail

Caterpillar tree detail

Caterpillar tree

Caterpillar tree

Coffee & wild flowers at the village Cafe

After my walk – coffee & wild flowers at the village Cafe

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© 2014 Altair Roelants

Writing on walls: textures uncovered

The below images show me making graphite rubbings to capture the textures of various buildings, walls and roads in the nearby village of St Pierre de Livron. I am using these pieces, alongside photographic documentation, in my studio at DRAW as reference material for my writing. This time Boedi is accompanying me and taking the photographs!

Writing on wall

Wall Writing

Detail of brick wall and rubbing

Detail of brick wall and rubbing

Abandoned building

Abandoned building where brick wall spotted

Garage wall shot

Following the line – garage wall shot

Garage wall detail

Garage wall detail

More walls

More walls…

And more

And more…

Detail of stone wall and rubbing

Detail of stone wall and rubbing

Local scenery viewed from church geounds

Local scenery viewed above from church grounds

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© 2014 Altair Roelants

A quiet day of printing, walking & looking

Caylus church

Caylus church

The lake in Caylus

The lake in Caylus

The DRAW Workshop

The DRAW Workshop

Dr Print!

Dr Print!

My finished test collographs

My finished test collographs

Some more of my finished test collographs

Some more of my finished test collographs

An evening walk after printing

An evening walk post printing

Giant French slugs!

Giant French slugs!

Some evening sunlight caught on a building on the way home

Sunlight and shadow on the way home

Unless otherwise stated – all photographic and written content on the Words Draw blog is copyright Altair Roelants.

© 2014 Altair Roelants

Expanded drawing – perception, textures & collography

Today Boedi and I had a very interesting collography printmaking lesson and discussion about textures with John – these images show us in the DRAW workshop trying out the techniques with found materials collected from the street outside.

John and Boedi - an impromptu drawing theory lecture!

John and Boedi – an impromptu drawing theory lecture

John at work

John at work

Boedi's inked up callographs

Boedi’s inked up callographs

Boedi's drying prints

Boedi’s drying prints

Boedi and me

My test collographs drying for printing the following day

Printing 10th_blog pic

Boedi and me assembling collographs

Enjoying being at the printing table

Enjoying being at the printing table

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© 2014 Altair Roelants

Pathway Patterns – rubbings, writings and getting a little lost!

Boedi and I set off on one of our ‘collaborative’ walks today so that he could take impressions of the local area using graphite rubbings and I could document the process, ideas and conversations within my writing. We were so busy looking for interesting textures – we got lost!

Drawing on road 10th May_blog pic

The road less drawn…

Taking the shady route

Opting for the shady route

Rubbing of cracked puddle

Rubbing taken from dried, cracked puddle

Stones

Smooth surfaces

Boedi tracing

Boedi taking rubbing

Road rubbing

Textures underfoot

Art writing along the way

Writing along the way

Wall trace

Wall trace

Too many signs

Too many signs – we get completely lost on the return journey!

Finally find our way back to Caylus!

Finally find our way back to Caylus!

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© 2014 Altair Roelants

Black Ink & Clay Plates – Our first printmaking session with John in the DRAW workshop

These images show Boedi and myself in the DRAW workshop having our first printmaking sessions with John – here you can see us experimenting with clay to create the printing plates.

John showing us the ropes

John showing us the ropes

Boedi printing with clay relief fragments

Boedi using fragments from yesterday’s reliefs as a mark making tool

Clay relief fragments

Clay relief fragments

Boedi's experimental prints from clay plates

Boedi’s experimental prints from clay plates

Printing from clay

Printing from clay

My first clay printing plate!

My first printing plate made from clay!

Boedi and me printmaking in the DRAW workshop

Boedi and me printmaking in the DRAW workshop

Our drying prints

Our drying prints

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© 2014 Altair Roelants

Experimenting with clay reliefs taken from textures and found words in Caylus village

Today we walked around Caylus making more clay reliefs – Boedi looking for interesting textures on the village’s medieval architecture and me, found words/letters in the surrounding streets.

Boedi walking in Caylus village

Boedi walking in Caylus village

Pushing clay into carved shape on window frame

Pushing clay into stone window frame

Caly relief

The letter X

Looking for more textures

Looking for textures

A street in Caylus

A street scene in Caylus

Walls & letters

Taking a cast from a found letter

Boedi printing from step

Boedi printing from steps

Detail of texture from step

Detail of texture from step

Boedi casting clay relief from worn wooden door panel

Boedi casting clay relief from worn wooden door panel

Clay relief from rotting wood

Clay relief from rotten wood

Words in the pavement

Words in the pavement

All images and written content on the Words Draw blog is copyright Altair Roelants.
© 2014 Altair Roelants

Clay reliefs on the PR1

We decided to follow another local pathway – the PR1 – as a source to make clay reliefs for Boedi’s printmaking back at the DRAW workshop and for me to write alongside the proces.

View of Caylus from pathway

View of Caylus from pathway

PR1 pathway

PR1 pathway

First clay relief made by Boedi during the wall

First clay relief made by Boedi during the walk

Clay relief detail

Clay relief detail

Succulent relief in progress

Plant relief in progress

Left in situ for collection on return journey

Left in situ for collection on return journey

Clay wall relief detail

Clay wall relief detail

Looking for our impromptu markers!

Looking for our impromptu markers!

Return journey collection!

Return journey collection

Another one found!

Another one found!

Made it safely back to the studio

Made it safely back to the studio!

All images and written content on the Words Draw blog is copyright Altair Roelants.
© 2014 Altair Roelants

Walking, drawing & writing along the old PR6 pathway from Caylus

Here you can see Boedi and me attempting some more in situ drawing/writing techniques along one of the local country walkways. The network of pathways are individually identified by a PR + number to mark out each route – this is the PR6.

Caylus

Caylus

Local walking signs in Caylus

Local walking signs in Caylus – we’re following the PR6!

Boedi walking the PR6 route

Boedi walking the PR6 route

Abandoned, open air oven at the location we stop to draw/write

Abandoned, open air oven at the location we stop to draw/write on the PR6

Ruin at location we stop to draw/write on the PR6 pathway

Ruin at location we stop to draw/write on the PR6 pathway

Me at today's drawing/writing spot

Me at today’s drawing/writing spot on the PR6

My view while writing

My view while writing

Boedi drawing

Boedi drawing along the PR6

In Caylus – first day of drawing and writing in situ with artist in residence Boedi Widjaja

After both arriving jetlagged to commence our residencies at DRAWInternational on the 28th April (Boedi from Singapore and me from London/Greece), settling in at DRAW, getting to know the friendly locals, enjoying some great French home cooking, long countryside rambles and many an interesting conversation…Today is the first day that Boedi and I try out some drawing and writing techniques outside during a walk in Caylus.

Looking for potential printmaking surface textures

Boedi experimenting with potential surface textures

Looking for potential printmaking surface textures

Boedi experimenting with potential surface textures

Looking for potential printmaking surface textures

Boedi experimenting with potential surface textures

Writing amongst the trees in Caylus

Writing amongst the trees in Caylus

Boedi drawing my portrait in situ along one of the local pathways

Boedi drawing in Caylus

Boedi drawing my portrait in situ along one of the local pathways

Portrait of me by Boedi Widjaja created during  in situ drawing/writing session along one of the local wooded paths

The finished portrait by Boedi Widjaja

All images and written content on the Words Draw blog is copyright Altair Roelants.
© 2014 Altair Roelants

Najac, Toulouse & Saint-Antonin Noble-Val Market…A week of local outings and poetry!

This week I have been taken on a few great trips by hospitable locals and friends Michel, Nathalie and Colin – thank you all!

To Najac in the Aveyron which is often cited as one of the most beautiful Medieval hilltop villages in France (although I am more a Caylus fan!). Najac is lovely, and impressively situated being perched on a forested ridge above the Aveyron river and the village’s main street climbs up to the La forteresse royale de Najac built in 1253 by Alphonse de Poitiers. Toulouse – for an afternoon of walking, relaxing, vintage cloth shopping, art and conversation – a buzzy but relaxed and attractive city. Finally, I couldn’t resist a few foodie pics I took at the bustling Saint-Antonin-Noble-Val Sunday market.

As well as exploring, back at DRAW I have been researching and experimenting with Epistolary poetry techniques – poems as letters – hence the grinning photo of me in front of a very old post shop in Najac!

Me in Najac

Me & the letters of Najac

Najac

Najac

Nijac street view

Najac street view

La forteresse royale de Najac

La forteresse royale de Najac

Nijac - More figurative window hooks

Najac – More figurative window hooks

Najac

Najac

Detail of stone relief on water fountain in Nijac

Detail of stone relief on water fountain in Najac

Hillside vegetable plot in Nijac

Hillside vegetable plot in Najac

Old postcard of Nijac - artist unknown

Old postcard of Najac – artist unknown

Rooftops in Toulouse

Rooftops in Toulouse

...the view over Toulouse from the other direction

…the view over Toulouse looking in the other direction

The banks of the Garonne, Toulouse

The banks of the Garonne, Toulouse

Toulouse river

The Garonne in Toulouse

Garlic in the Saint Antonine  market

Boxes of garlic in the Saint-Antonin-Noble-Val market

Giant slabs of Nougat - Saint Antonine Market

Giant slabs of Nougat! – Saint-Antonin-Noble-Val market

Giant blocks of cheese - Saint Antonine

And giant blocks of cheese! – Saint-Antonin-Noble-Val market