Artists, Lisa Volta and Jennifer McTague, kicked off a collaboration leading neighborhood kids in a three-day workshop to design napkins for the American Street Feast on Tuesday, July 18th. Jenn is the owner of Second State Press, a community print workshop located in the Crane Building on 1400 N. American Street. Lisa is an artist who lives in the neighborhood with her husband and four year old daughter. She is a resident teaching artist with Al-Bustan Seeds of Culture and, during the academic year, is part of their after school arts program for students at Moffet Elementary School.
The first workshop day was spent with Lisa and the kids who began tracing designs rooted in the diverse population in South Kensington. Imagery was collected from the rich artistic histories of countries and cultures including: African American, Puerto Rican, Dominican, Mexican, Moroccan, Tunisian, Algerian, Egyptian, Palestinian, Albanian, Ukrainian, Turkish, and Syrian. The imagery was traced and collaged together as the young artists pieced together combinations like Mexican and Turkish tiles with the gates of Puerto Rico and Palestinian tatreez. Working side by side on one large paper, the young artists literally began drawing connections between their collage and their neighbors, metaphorically linking themselves and their artwork with the South Kensington community at large.
The second workshop day took place on Wednesday, July 19th. The group met at Second State Press and Jenn introduced everyone to the silk screening process. The drawing that were made in yesterday's workshop were cut, pieced together again, and traced onto mylar. This will be used to create the screen that will print the design. The young artists group is looking forward to the final workshop day, next week on Tuesday, July 26th, where they will have the opportunity to print and repeat their final design onto large sheets of fabric. Check back soon for more photos and final results!
Join in the fun! We are hosting one more workshop at Second State Press, 1400 N American St #103, Philadelphia, PA 19122:, on Tuesday, July 26th from 10-11:30am.