cambridge contemporary crafts

Caroline Parrott

Caroline graduated from Bournemouth University in 2010 with a First Class Honours degree in Applied Art and Design. She began working in her chosen medium of anodised aluminium in 2007. Caroline hand prints the aluminium with her own unique designs cut into small printing blocks using a lino cutter. She then dyes it using industrial dyes and powder paints to vibrant effect to create a range of jewellery, home and garden accents and sculpture.

Caroline is constantly inspired by the beautiful Dorset Countryside; its flora, fauna, insects and animals. She runs her business as a maker alongside working as an arts education manager at a popular contemporary craft venue in Dorset. This combination of pursuits has led Caroline to develop her role as a workshop tutor. She now runs regular creative classes using colourful aluminium, as well as outreach work and community projects with local schools and children’s groups. Projects have included giant swarms of butterflies adorning public spaces and school grounds, and laser cut designs hung in the garden of a children’s hospice.

Printing and Dyeing Aluminium with Caroline Parrott on Saturday 16th September

This workshop is now fully booked. If you are interested in the class but didn't manage to secure a place, please email us on or call us on 01223 361200 and we can let you know if Caroline plans another class.

Learn to print and dye pre-anodised aluminium! This session covers the basic principles of creating a successful print on aluminium then using this pattern as a resist, you will dye on top of it resulting in a vibrant and permanent finish that reveals your print to its full potential. Following a brief demonstration at the start of the session students will be able to spend the rest of the time experimenting with printing blocks including cutting their own, and using industrial anodising dyes and powder paints to enhance the surface of the metal. This workshop is suitable for beginners and those with some knowledge of working with metal.

Students will be working with pre cut aluminium squares which will need to be sealed following the class, so you will be asked to return in a few days to pick up your artwork.

You can then use your pieces to create your own artwork, Caroline can give you advice on working with the metal at home or in your studio, or if you'd like Caroline to take them away and cut shapes for you then post them to you this can be planned individually at extra cost.

The workshop will run Saturday 16th September from 6-9pm at cambridge contemporary crafts, Bene't Street.


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