Master Workshop at East London Printmakers

Cyanotype Workshop with Guy Paterson

ELP are welcoming Guy Paterson to the studio to run a cyanotype workshop this weekend. This is an opportunity to explore the cross-over between printmaking and photography.

Cyanotype is a historic printing process that has regained popularity recently with artists and photographers alike. While some are dismayed at the continual decline of analogue materials by the large photographic corporations others are taking control and mixing chemistry and creating their own.

Cyanotype printing offers an affordable introduction into the world of alternative photographic processes where your photographic image is translated into a tangible piece of work. By underlining the interaction between image and base material, new processes are explored and creative departures encouraged. Both objects and negatives are used in contact with the coated substrate and exposed to Ultra Violet light. Sunlight is a simple source of light or screenprinting exposure equipment can be used. It is ideal for printing on fine art papers and fabric.

For more information about the course please click here

We have a programme of Master Workshops across the year so keep an eye on our website for upcoming workshops. 

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Taking Constructive Criticism (for writers)

Let’s face it: you’ll go through maybe a dozen drafts before you’re ready to publish. And while the early drafts only you might read, eventually you’ll need an outside source to give you their opinions. Things may make sense to you, but that’s because you wrote it. You’ll need fresh eyes. And honestly, you won’t always like what they have to say.

Yes, it’s awesome to hear someone say they love your story, or they’re in love with your MC, or whatever. And it’s sad to receive feedback that just says “it’s alright.” Good reviewers will not say these things. Good reviewers will be honest, but not cruel. And you need to know how to get the most benefit from your reviewers as possible.

First off, trust that they’re trying to help you. If they know what they’re doing, they will be honest. They’re giving you an outside, unbiased opinion. Not all your readers will think on the same wavelength as you, so you need to realize they’re saying these things for a reason. Maybe they misunderstood your foreshadowing, but there’s a reason they misunderstood it. It’s your job to listen, find out what caused it, and adjust accordingly.

You’ll get feedback that disagrees. Anyone who’s had a story workshopped can vouch for this. He says there was too much description, she says it was just the right amount. She likes a character, he doesn’t. He LOVES that hilarious line of dialogue, but you were iffy about it and another person says to cut it, because while it’s funny, it doesn’t quite fit the situation. The feedback will not always point you down a clear path to improvement. If a lot of people comment about the same issue, it’s probably something you should focus on. If you get varying opinions about something else, then it’s up to you to decide. Listen to arguments on each side and consider what you know about your characters and your story.

That said, you don’t have to do to everything they say. Someone might tell you to cut a character that you have no intention of cutting. Some might say to expand here or cut down there, and none of that was in your plans. Maybe they’ll say you should scrap it all and rewrite in first person instead of third.  And you should listen to them. Listen to all of it, and try to understand where they’re coming from. But you don’t have to make changes based on everything they’ve said.

Try to understand them. If you reread your story with their thoughts in mind and find yourself agreeing, then awesome. Make the change. But you’re the expert on your story, so you get the final say on that decision. Sometimes you can just tell when your reviewer doesn’t know jack about what’s best for your story.

In general, take their advice with a grain of salt. And remember, they’re on your side! Be open. Listen. Try to understand. If you’ve given their opinion some thought and you still disagree, you’re the one who gets the final say.

And here’s the first part on giving constructive criticism (for reviewers)!



Sneak peak of Les Twins workshops at Fair Play Dance Camp 2014. Shout out to Fair Play for hosting this amazing event and a big thank you to those who attended our classes! 

Until next time, Poland. 

1:00 P.M.

“Let’s see what’s in the paper today.” He reaches across the table for Tadeo Martínez’s newspaper. “Is there a story we could go out and cover?” he asks. He studies the front page and shakes his head in disapproval. “Incredible,” he says. “This is a local paper and not one story about Cartagena on the front page. Tell your boss, Tadeo, that a local paper should have local front-page news.

“Nothing here,” he mumbles as he turns the pages. “Let’s see, something here. Stove for sale, unused, unassembled stove. Must sell. Call Gloria Bedoya, 660-1127, extension 113. This could be a story. Should we call? I bet there’s something here. Why is this woman selling a stove, why is the stove unassembled? What do we know from this about this woman? Could be interesting.” He pauses, waiting for us to get excited. But no one seems to be interested in finding out why a woman is selling an unassembled stove, especially when we can keep listening to him.

Gabo sees stories everywhere. During the next three days he says “eso es un reportaje” (that’s a story) constantly. I realize that Gabo is full of nostalgia. He misses being a reporter. “Journalism is not a job, it’s a gland, “ he says.

—  Silvana Paternostro in her 1996 piece for The Paris Review on taking a journalism workshop with Gabriel García Márquez. 
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Freestyle session on July 13 Birmingham workshop
It was a great time Birmingham, thank you for showing us your love!

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A few examples of workshops our communities actually need in real life #5

1) “Woo without boundaries: how polyamory is used as an excuse to be irresponsible*.”

2) “Stay at home & watch a netflix comedy of your choice without guilt.”

2.5) “This is why I stay home: how party kids & political protests embrace respectability & ableism.”

3) “How puppies, kittens, and waffles are awesome. Always.”

4) “Derailing is my middle name: when white guilt fucks with your mental health.”

5) “But what about my partner? How white love in qt/poc spaces colonises shit. AKA why we can’t have our own (read: nice) things.”

**check: previously used the word “dick” in which was dfab to dfab note, is transmisogynist. Noted, my mistake, my apologies, won’t happen again. Check made by @ojo-de-venado.
Workshops for Otakon 2014!

We are pleased to announce the following workshops which have been selected for Otakon 2014!

Please note that scheduling for Otakon 2014 is not yet complete. As such, there is always the slight possibility that a workshop or two may be bumped or wait listed at the last minute due to time and space constraints. No such determinations have been made at this time and any presenter whose workshop is bumped or wait listed will be notified by the Workshops Department ASAP.

NOTE: 18+ wristbands are required for entry into any panel marked as 18+ (the ones with “*” next to them). Wristbands can ONLY be obtained from the wristband booth. The staffer(s) at the Panel room door(s) will NOT be able to check your I.D. or issue you a wristband.

So, without further ado…

  • A Japanese Fairytale: The Dragon and the Shisa
  • Artist Alley 201: The Next Level
  • Awkward Dance Moves!
  • Bookbinding 101
  • Build-a-Bozu Workshop!
  • Come Dance with DTP!
  • Cosplay Photography 101
  • "Creating Music for Animation, Film, Games and Other Media"
  • Crossplay and Genderbending 101
  • Dance Time! with LE:RPD
  • DTP Dance Gathering
  • Fanfiction Writers’ Workshop
  • Fight Choreography 101
  • Fundamentals of Character Design
  • Getting Real About Fantasy Writing
  • Getting Started with Fuse Beads
  • Japanese Language and Culture
  • Jojo’s Posing School
  • Kimono Classroom 101
  • Kpop vs Jpop Dance!
  • Let’s Get Sexy Kpop Style!
  • Lolita Make-Up: A Comprehensive Guide Panel
  • Make it Work: Explore Japanese Street Fashion on a Thrift Store Budget
  • Make Your Own Dating Simulator (PG-13 version)
  • Okinawan Karate Demo with Audience Participation
  • Role-Play Live the Improv (RP Live )
  • Stroke Your Descriptions*
  • Suminagashi: Floating Ink The ancient art of floating ink
  • Taiko - the Way of the Drum
  • "The ""Build Your Own Ray Gun"" Workshop!"
  • Who Wants to be a Voice Actor?
  • Yaoi vs Slash*

Up to date info can be found here: http://www.otakon.com/events_workshoproster.asp

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This week the amazing ladies from I Shape Beauty, Lesley Asare and Indigo Williams, began working with 6 young women through a series of poetry and visual art workshops titled ‘Secrets Women Keep’.

This is what these wonderful and brave women had to say after digging deep and creating honest, powerful poems. 

Want to see the final installation that is commissioned by us for ‘A Different Mirror’? 

Come visit next weekend Saturday 26 - 27 April @ Brixton East! We think you’ll love it!