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Easter and print making

Over the course of this year, we’ve been trying to do creative workshops about once a month. In reality, however, it’s worked out to about once every two months. The basic premise is that we’ll invite some creative person to come talk to us about the area of art that they practice and then have a go at the same area ourselves. So far, we’ve had illustration, creative writing and most recently, print making. 

There’s a man in my church named John Wells who has a degree in illustration, and has done some amazing work. On Monday, he spent three hours with us, talking about the place of art in worship, challenging our thinking about images and icons. He also brought some supplies along and offered us the opportunity to create some images of our own, reflecting on what Easter means to us.

It’s interesting to see the breadth of expression that happens given one topic and one sheet of paper. We have everything from flowers to stone to sunrises. What does Easter mean to you? What would you include in an image about Easter?

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Wrapping paper and advent


This year, I went the “I’m too lazy to go to the store and buy wrapping paper” route and made my own. I found some newspaper laying around, pulled out my acrylic paints and got started. I happened to find some silver acrylic paint laying around the house, so I used that too. Voila! Fun, silver, purple and goldenrod wrapping paper!

Earlier today, I went with some friends (who are all about the same age as my uncles) to Colwyn Bay to visit an art space/gallery thing centered around advent. It was fascinating to see how people interacted with the biblical narrative from a variety of backgrounds, ranging from non-spiritual to “I follow Jesus”. One of my favorites was an archeolgical re-creation of tablets that Zechariah might have written during his time of silence. There were actually several artists who were inspired Zechariah’s silence. I wonder what that means.

The reason the four of us went to see the exhibition was that we are all interested in seeing the church interact more with the arts here in Wrexham. I look forward to seeing what will come of this adventure in the coming months and years!

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Back in 2008, I saw an installation of this artist in the Liverpool Cathedral, and ever since then, I’ve been dreaming about owning one of his paintings.  I’ll probably never be able to afford an original, but his prints are about 150 euros, which seems reasonable for a work of art.  But it just seems like an unecessary extravagance when there’s so many more practical things to spend money on.  And in all likelyhood, I’ll be moving around a lot. All of these are reasons not get a print, besides the fact that I don’t have any extra money to spend on art.

But then I look at the prints available and think, “perhaps I’ll start saving…”