Being creative involves thinking laterally; employing different and unique thinking processes in order to generate solutions to existing problems as well as the generation of new ideas.
Everyone has the ability to be creative and this is easily and practically achieved by the participants who attend this one day workshop. I have extensive experience in this field and have run many successful Materiality Workshops where I have witnessed participants surprise themselves by discovering abilities that they did not know they had. This one day workshop is not about making ‘art’. Rather, participants experiment with a number of familiar everyday substances and materials and in this way discover and exercise their creative and problem solving abilities.
Some of the materials used are shoe polish, turps, black and white household paint, blue fountain pen ink, A4 photocopy paper, glue, masking tape, sandpaper. Participants experiment with these and other substances on thick card using paint scrapers, household paint brushes, scissors, sandpaper, cutting knives etc. Naturally, I give specific exercises and guidance.
The practice of working with physical materials and arriving at visually coherent workable solutions is an exercise in lateral thinking where the visual outcome is clear evidence of the thinking process. Although each participant will use the same materials, each participant will arrive at unique visual solutions. These solutions will vary in degrees and yet no one solution will be ‘better’ than the other. All solutions are equivalent as they demonstrate material resolution.
Through the practical hands-on application of creativity, participants learn to think creatively and this creative-thinking elasticity can be extrapolated to every arena of life.
Understanding of materials and technology. Experimenting with materials and learning the physical parameters of any material will enable a person to think innovatively and act creatively with that material.
The point here is to understand how to approach any given substance from a fundamental point of view. If you understand how to explore the material possibilities of a substance that are fundamental to its nature, you will be able to maximise the number of possibilities that material can yield.
For example, if I present a student with a piece of Perspex and ask them to demonstrate how many different things they can do with the Perspex, I would expect them to explore the nature of the material and to think about how they could act on this material.
Perspex, is a cast plastic. A number of different physical actions can be imp[osed upon the Perspex with a number of different tools.
It can be scratched with a sharp point, it can be heated and bent, it can be drawn on with a drill or dremmel. It can be drawn on both front and back surface, creating a dimensional effect. Vinyl can be applied to it (which acts as a resist) and then it can be sandblasted with carborundum grit. Various different sizes of carburundum grit can be used, from fine to course. This will give a smooth as well a rough appearance. Once can sandblast on both sides and because the Perspex is transparent, the sandblasting from both sides can be seen at once. This creates a visually layered effect. One can drill right through the Perspex, or router shapes out of it. One can laser engrave into the Perspex to various depths and one can laser-cut shapes out of the Perspex. One can paint onto the surface of the Perspex.
There are a myriad of ways and combinations of ways/permutations that one can act on Perspex.
In the same way, there are a myriad of ways that one can act on a piece of wood or any other substance.
In the Materiality Workshop, the participants experiment with and explore the parameters of a number of non-threatening substances; substances that most of us are very familiar with, yet have never used creatively. These substances are turpentine, shoe-polish, ink and water, white and black household PVA paint, graphite, methylated spirits, masking tape, glue.
A number of different tools are given to the learners to use with the substances such as paint scrapers, Stanley cutting blades, scissors, sandpaper, household paint brushes (25mm and 75mm).
A piece of thick card is primed with PVA by each learner before they begin experimenting with the substances and tools. The card is the substrate that the experimentation is confined to.
Location for Materiality Workshop
The corporate workshop is held at the Imbizo 2 Room, Mandela Rhodes Place at the corner of Wale and Burg Streets, Cape Town. Parking in Mandela Rhodes Place will be reserved for participants.
Alternatively, if you have a space available at your offices, the workshop can easily be conducted there.
The Materiality Workshop takes place over one full day (9am – 4pm). All of the materials that will be used by the participants are provided and morning tea and lunch are catered for. Catering in Cape Town is by Tina Bester of Queen of Tarts.
Includes all materials, catering and parking.