Mothers & Ink workshops

Artist Khanya Ibrahim. Photography by Tamaryn Goodyear

Artist Khanya Ibrahim. Photography by Tamaryn Goodyear

Artists Nadia Ahmed. Photography by Tamaryn Goodyear

Artists Nadia Ahmed. Photography by Tamaryn Goodyear

In true neighborhood collaboration, TOP has been running print workshops with women from the Horn of Africa community at the Carlton Housing Estate.

From February to April 2013, TOP printmakers made a weekly excursion down Johnston Street, setting up a makeshift studio in the Church of All Nations Community Drop-In Centre.

Held next to the Horn of Africa homework club, the workshops were established with mothers in the local community to provide an introduction to printmaking while their children received tutoring.

Beginning with the broad theme of ‘pattern and design’, the workshops became industrious afternoons of conversation, rapid design work and experimentation with different print techniques by hand.

Seven keen artists continued the project into its second phase, using the press in the TOP Studio to refine their work in preparation for exhibition.

While presenting each artist’s distinct individual style, the collective work details East African rituals and vibrant pattern work including henna design, illustrative harvest and food imagery, and traditional motifs in a playful and poetic series of prints.

These limited-edition prints will be exhibited as part of the 2013 Human Right Arts and Film Festival in The Ownership Project Gallery from 16 May to 2 June 2013.

Thank you to everyone who joined the workshops and our fantastic project partners; The Church of All Nations Community Support Program, the Human Rights Arts and Film Festival, and the R.E. Ross Trust.