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Cultivated: induction day

Last week saw the arrival of our ‘cultivated’ graduates, and we kicked off with an induction day complete with homework project! All four had been tasked to produce a postcard encapsulating their creative practice and write on the back some thoughts on their expectations for the programme.

Similar themes emerged:
understanding practice
audience engagement
business development
creative growth

Lots of really great chewy things and big ideas for the graduates and the Unit Twelve team to get stuck into over the coming months!

To get everyone warmed up and brains whirring we did a team building exercise (no rafts were built!) screen printing with MrPrintGarage working on a collaborative piece – a semi-abstract motivational poster!








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Print Garage: My Making Process



‘Collect The Moments’  a new screenprint by Print Garage inspired by Feist’s ‘Mushaboom’- all ready for the next leg of Unit Twelve’s touring exhibition  ‘Are you listening carefully?’

Over to Mr Print Garage:


“I thought it might be interesting to share a bit of my making process – in this instance where some decisions mid-print have been made.

Here’s Layer 1, all is well so far…


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Here’s Layer 2 – a nice tasty sky blue…

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It’s when I got to layer 3 that something feels wrong…

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It feels a bit clumsy and I’ve lost an area of lovely negative space down the left hand side, some nice interaction between the grey and the blue layer.  I decided to stop and have a think, (no pressure – but the ink is drying on the screen).  I decide to mask off the area that’s bugging me – some hastily torn newsprint and a bit of brown tape – and try again.


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That’s much better, here’s a comparison shot with the new version on the left:


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And a detailed shot:

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And then finally layer number 4:



and a lovely close up:



I don’t normally change much during production like this, I even had another layer planned but after testing it I didn’t feel like it added anything extra and if anything distracted the eye from the other details. Normally, everything is decided at the stencil stage, but this felt very satisfying to be able improvise on the fly and just go with gut instinct.”

You can see the finished print (and others) at Foxlowe Arts Centre, Leek: 3rd May – 21st June 2014 (PV- 2nd May 7-9pm) before it moves on to The Brindley: 16th Aug – 11th Oct 2014
For more details of the exhibition and the other artists: ‘Are you listening carefully?’

You can see other examples of Mr Print Garage’s work here www.printgarage.co.uk
and buy them online from here

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Are you listening carefully? touring exhibition

are you listening carefully poster LOWRES

Touring exhibition dates

Brampton Museum:  1st Feb (and PV 2-4pm) – 26th March 2014

Foxlowe Art Centre: 3rd May – 21st June 2014 (PV- 2nd May 7-9pm)

The Brindley: 16th Aug – 11th Oct 2014

Are you listening carefully?

“Ambient Music must be able to accommodate many levels of listening attention without enforcing one in particular; it must be as ignorable as it is interesting.” Brian Eno.

At Unit Twelve the radio is usually on, during workshops it’s quietly tuned to classical and participants work to waltzes, stitching and crafting to sonatas, requiems and fugues. During the week the contemporary and varied sounds of 6 Music weave their way into the background whilst the tenants work. Production at Print Garage is always powered by pulsations of propulsive machine funk. Outside, music is everywhere, a constant hum – an aural wallpaper, always available and always growing. Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger. How then do we process this constant stream of music, do we really listen?

In counterpoint, as inspiration for new work, the artists at Unit Twelve have taken pieces of music that are important to them, music that speaks directly to them, music that demands active listening and provokes reaction, from singing along and strutting to work to the hushed intimate moments that echo deep within the chambers of their hearts.

Jennifer Collier

Paper Armchair

My practice focuses on creating work from paper; by bonding, waxing, trapping and stitching I produce unusual paper ‘fabrics’, which are used to explore the ‘remaking’ of household objects. The papers are treated as if cloth, with the main technique employed being stitch; a contemporary twist on traditional textiles. The papers themselves serve as both the inspiration and the media for my work, with the narrative of the books and papers suggesting the forms. I tend to find items then investigate a way in which they can be reused and transformed; giving new life to things that would otherwise go unloved or be thrown away.

This exhibition has allowed me to realise my ambition of making a room set created entirely from paper. Using Mushaboom by Lesley Feist, a song very close to my heart (and even read in church at my own wedding); the lyrics provide the narrative for the ‘room’ and inspiration for the objects created.

Mushaboom by Feist

Helping the kids out of their coats

But wait the babies haven’t been born

Unpacking the bags and setting up

And planting lilacs and buttercups

But in the meantime I’ve got it hard

Second floor living without a yard

It may be years until the day

My dreams will match up with my pay

Old dirt road

Knee deep snow

Watching the fire as we grow old

I got a man to stick it out

And make a home from a rented house

And we’ll collect the moments one by one

I guess that’s how the future’s done

How many acres how much light

Tucked in the woods and out of sight

Talk to the neighbours and tip my cap

On a little road barely on the map

Old dirt road

Knee deep snow

Watching the fire as we grow old

Old dirt road

Rambling rose

Watching the fire as we grow well I’m sold


Emily Notman


My work has always combined my love for mixing stitch, clay and found objects. I experiment using traditional methods in contemporary ways by working into surfaces and trapping materials to build up interesting layers of tactile fabrics. My work has developed mostly from costal textures and landscapes.

My series of drops for this exhibition evolved from studying the album ‘A Year of Hibernation’ by Youth Lagoon. The album is a portrayal of mental distress in the most beautiful, light and dreamlike way. He mixes genres of music such as electro and dream pop to create atmosphere and mood. It was his contemporary blend of sounds and notes that lead me to recreate this in different mediums including inks, bleaches and dyes.


Louise Wilson

lou violin

I am a contemporary artist, working with wire, who creates three dimensional wire drawings of everyday objects. I am inspired by items used in everyday life and the simple yet elegant lines that they have. These lines are often missed and I aim to highlight this simplicity through the use of wire.

Are You Listening Carefully? allowed me the opportunity to explore the line of different musical instruments and objects relating to sound, from Recorders to Record Players, with the aim to highlight the special details of them. I have been inspired by the elegant curves and lines of a Violin, and the intricate mechanism within the needle and arm of a Record Player and the unique features of music making devices.


Julia Jowett

julia drawing

“…the woman who was as small as a pepper pot was queen of all the crows in the forest…” Alf Proysen

My illustrative practice explores the importance of storytelling and imagination. I draw with wire, pencil and stitch; intricately working dense areas of traditional embroidery and needlepoint stitches into metal gauzes and figuratively manipulated wire lines. I combine my hand embroidered wire work with observational drawing and screen printing techniques onto fabric and paper to create contemporary art pieces. Drawing on folk tales, childhood stories and surreal imaginings, I harness instinctive feelings and traditional craft processes to create considered folkloric narratives that intrigue.

This narrative, entwined with the musical notions and exhibition themes of ‘Are you listening carefully?’ continues to dance through my new body of work. Embracing dark and atmospheric ideas of musical escapism, disorientation and the observation of change, I have been emotively led to create a magical world captured by the use of hand drawn, wire and embroidered lines – an installation piece informed by sounds that reflect the dawn of the psychedelic pop era, music with a haunting folk flavour and enchanting songs that lyrically and musically inspire…

“…so many different people to be… it’s strange, must be the Season Of The Witch; you’ve got to pick up every stitch…” Donovan

Sally Broadhurst (Brady & Proud)

Coming from a large creative family, Brady & Proud are sisters with a life long passion for making. Having studied Illustration and Surface Pattern, Sally’s chosen medium is screen print. With no formal training Ruth’s natural affinity is with the sewing machine, in particular using it freehand as a drawing tool.

Although their work is very different they are united in their appreciation for the beauty found in simplicity and their passion for vintage and re-cycled materials, with all the marks and flaws that betray their previous life.

“In response to this theme I have been inspired by Paul Weller’s ‘Country’. This piece of music epitomises my love of our wonderful countryside, with it’s myriad colours and textures. It fascinates me how the same scene can be totally transformed from one season to the next and how the glimpse of a vibrant yellow Rape field or the smell of freshly mown grass can be so uplifting and healing.”

I know a place not far from here

Where life’s sweet perfume fills the air

And if you want I’ll take you there

If you want I’ll take you there.


Ruth Proud (Brady & Proud)


“The piece of music I have chosen in response to this theme is ‘Shakespeare’s Sonnet No.18’, sung by Bryan Ferry. This piece of music takes me to the moment when I first realised my own mortality and appreciated how fragile life is.

Vintage linens, that have become worn and marked with age and use, too fragile or imperfect to be used now for their original purpose, have been pieced together enabling their beauty to live on and be appreciated once more.”

Fran Buxton


“A magnificent, opulent, tremendous, stupendous, gargantuan, bedazzlement, a sensual ravishment. It will be….”
– Moulin Rouge

My current practice is an exploration of found, created textures and surfaces. Using stitch, embellishment and manipulation techniques, with a little experimentation along the way, previously pedestrian materials are transformed to have depth and intricacy.

This body of work is inspired by music on the stage, particularly the rich array of opulent costumes in ballets, operas and musicals, and how these hypnotise the audience just as much as the music. This has translated to a series of decorative, semi-functional pieces which capture the splendour and diversity of the show.

Print Garage

print garage_joy of repetition

Print Garage is the dark and dusty underground lair of Iain Perry: self-styled, swashbuckling squeegee warrior.

“I create vibrant screen prints investigating the minutiae of my surroundings. I draw inspiration from old technology, tools and toys, cinema, record sleeves and the world of science.

This is a collection of screen prints inspired by pieces of music that are personal favourites or have influenced my practice in some way. I listen to a lot of music, usually whilst working and enjoy the similarities and synergy between the printing process and the music – especially stuff that is electronic and beat driven. There is a joy in repetition…”

shout outs:
actress, andrew weatherall, andy stott, aphex twin, arthur russell, arthur william edgar o’shaughnessy, blondes, boards of canada, burial, carl craig, christopher rau, claro intelecto, dabrye, danny norbury, dj koze, falty dl, feist, floating points, flying lotus, forest swords, four tet, gerry read, gilles peterson, gil scott-heron, graze, hauschka, hercules & love affair, james holden, holy other, howes, james blake, jesse lanza, john roberts, john coltrane, jon hopkins, john talabot, the juan maclean, kassem mosse, kyle hall, lcd soundsystem, letherette, mark e, marvin gaye, moomin, motor city drum ensemble, mount kimbie, nils frahm, omar s, the orb, penguin cafe orchestra, pharoah saunders, ricardo villalobos, segue, shed, sun ra, theo parrish, thomas fehlmann, to rococo rot, two lone swordsmen, ukkonen, vampire weekend, vangelis, voices from the lake, a winged victory for the sullen.


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Make, Do, Mend: Print Workshop

Wednesday 10th October 2012

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The students from Kingsmead Technology College joined Iain aka Print Garage for a day’s print workshop, bringing with them plenty of ideas and enthusiasm.  First order of the day was to put the kettle on whilst the group took a tour of the space and had a look around the current show.  ‘Found’ (on until 27th October, photoset here) which was quite useful as some of Iain’s work is in this show – providing a simple way of introducing them to his way of working.

Iain set about showing them how to make simple stencils from newsprint, a brilliant technique that offers quick results.  Brown tape, newsprint and a scalpel – that’s pretty much all you need.  (well, and a screen, a squeegee and some ink too).  The results we got were great, because of their unfamiliarity with the process they weren’t necessarily constrained by its principles.  We had a very experimental day, printing over the top of leaves, using them as  a simple stencil; another student printed onto photographs that they’d taken whilst on a walk around the chase.  It’s also interesting having conversations with them about their designs –  in some ways the challenge is to be able to imagine the finished design before any printing is done.  As Print Garage never gets bored of telling us: it’s all in the prep!

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Make, Do, Mend

Make: making the most of our resources

Do: learning through activity

Mend: creating a sense of wellbeing

Unit Twelve Gallery’s strapline and ethos.

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We’ve begun work on a new exploratory project, which sees us working in partnership with Kingsmead Technology College and funded by Cannock Chase AONB.   Using parts of Cannock Chase as a source of inspiration and a starting point for an arts activity with the 6th form which will culminate in an exhibition of their finished work at Unit Twelve Gallery and subsequently be installed at Kingsmead College.

We wanted to go for a stroll outdoors under the wide blue sky to see and enjoy the natural beauty that is just on our doorstep. We wanted to share this experience with a group of young people keen to develop their understanding of aesthetics and beauty. We want to make art that feels good, that engages our senses and invokes beauty.

‘I’m just looking to find out more about the world.’

Richard Feynman

Admittedly the sky was a touch more grey than blue and it rained.  Heavily.  We enjoyed getting out though, getting away from the workshop, away from the paperwork, away from the website, away from all the distractions and tasks and to-do lists that stop us from doing the things we love – looking at and making things.

Mr Garage remembered to take his camera and pointed it at various things, often pressing the shutter button as well.  Some of the ‘highlights’ can be seen here.  We think he might use this as a starting point to create some new work along side this project.  Work that’s inspired by imperfect shapes rather the usual geometric perfection (or anal retentiveness, depending on your point of view).


Wabi Sabi:

represents a comprehensive Japanese world view or aesthetic centered on the acceptance of transience and imperfection. The aesthetic is sometimes described as one of beauty that is “imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete”.

Characteristics of the wabi-sabi aesthetic include asymmetry, asperity (roughness or irregularity), simplicity, economy, austerity, modesty, intimacy and appreciation of the ingenuous integrity of natural objects and processes.


The students’ show will run at Unit Twelve from 1st December until the 22nd December 2012 with a Private View on Saturday 8th December 2012.

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