Art & Soul Goes Digital

A five-week project working with iPads and art materials to explore digital elements of art making.

Facilitated by Julia Roy-Williams who has a multi-disciplinary approach, utilising digital design, creative laser cutting and contemporary craft skills in her practice. She has worked as a creative practitioner in Manchester for over 10 years, creating participatory events and workshops, and running creative studio and retail spaces.


What we did:

  • A basic introduction to Adobe Capture using the tesselate function to create and play with patterns. These patterns were printed and transformed into 3D origami sculptures.
  • Julia used hand made drawings and took requests for imagery to make stencils and etchings.
  • We used another Adobe Capture function that turned hand drawing into vector and transformed participants signatures into a digitally etched plaque for the upcoming exhibition.
Our project assitant Bailey supported the group for the following project about Listening and provided some examples of changing colourways using photos of people's work and ProCreate. As well as using digital tools to test ideas (i.e. adding snow to a painting to see if it works before painting it). 

We exhibited the digital testing pieces at the Heywood Sports Centre from Feb - Jul 2022.

The main finding from this pilot was the need to spend more dedicated time using the technology and using up-to-date devices and software. We will endeavour to revisit the elements Julia introduced such as creating stencils, etchings and creating digital patterns as part of our offer when artists are finding inspiration for future work.


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