Hartlepool – Mail Art Project

The group of young people and youth workers at the Welly in Hartlepool are gearing up for the final stages of the Fabulous Books Fantastic Places project and have been making some mini books with their off cut prints.  Its an excellent way to re-cycle those ‘not quite finished prints’ or ‘that print didn’t come out exactly the way I planned!’

The work will be exhibited as part of the  BALTIC Artist’s Book Fair  June 14th & 15th and be on display until 23rd June

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Mini Books
Mini Books
Mini Books
Mini Books
Mini Books

The group have been tackling silk screen printing, understanding layers and registration techniques.  In bookmaking, we have tried Japanese Stab Bound, pamphlet stitch and more recently some paper folding techniques.

Paper folds
Paper folds
Paper folds
Paper folds
Paper folds
Paper folds
Paper folds
Paper folds
Paper folds
Paper folds

Current work being made by young people attending the Welly, Hartlepool.

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Print & Bookmaking @the Welly in Hartlepool.  The session included a whole morning of bookmaking from Chap Map Books, Japanese Stab Bound and a seven hole pamphlet stitch.

Chap Map Books

The project is attempting to explore the theme of identity and what it is like, as a young person, to live in Hartlepool.

The afternoon session began with a brief brainstorming exploring aspects of Hartlepool.  As a non-Hartlepool person, I learnt a few things about the town, park, history, seaside and a bit of dialect!  The groups chose to explore positive and negatives – happy to see the positives easily outweighed the negatives!




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Participants then used these brainstorming ideas to develop a series of collages using newspaper, stamps, simple printmaking, calligraphy pens to illustrate some of the themes.  These ideas will then be developed into silk-screen prints.

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A call out to young people in Hartlepool…. taster session Tuesday 2nd April 2-4pm 2013 @ The Welly, Hartlepool

Print and Book Making an 8 week programme for young people in Hartlepool

This exciting new programme will introduce you to printmaking techniques such as silk screen printing as well as book making ideas.  Each week you will be able to try new techniques and develop your own mini-project with help and support from an experienced artist and book maker Theresa Easton.  Staff from the Youth Services will be working alongside you to help you develop your ideas.

Working in partnership with the Hartlepool Council, this eight week programme will introduce participants to colourful printmaking techniques and simple book making skills.

The books will then form part of an exhibition at Gateshead’s BALTIC Contemporary Art Gallery as part of the BALTIC  Artist’s Book Fair June 14th & 15th which celebrates the Festival of the North East.

For further details please contact:

juliette.ward@hartlepool.gov.uk or beth.storey@hartlepool.gov.uk  or theresa_easton@yahoo.co.uk


If you’ve never considered receiving mail in the post as art, think again and check out this entry…http://youtu.be/kh3Bcm9xWRI

‘Mail’ Art Project A project working with young people in Hartlepool is beingdeveloped using the medium of artist’s books and correspondence.

It will engage young people accessing Youth Services with a book art project
that could explore and address the subject of Identity that young people
growing up in Hartlepool face and draw in sister cities of Hartlepool in a ‘Mail
Art’ project. The artist (Theresa Easton) and staff will help the young people to develop ideas using various services and locations like Hartlepool Art Gallery and Central Library.

The Mail Art concept take the young people away from the ‘instant world’
they currently inhabit and provide  the opportunity to work with young people in
different parts of the world using contacts Youth Services have in Germany
and contacts in Melbourne, Australia and Daytona Beach, Florida, USA.
Professional development training with staff based in Youth
Services will  incorporates printmaking& bookbinding skills appropriate to
their environment and current resources.
The young people and staff will work with a printmaker and book artist to
create book art project over approximately 6-7 session.
The project has the potential to create a lasting legacy in the form of a
collection of work, which could become mobile ( within the library service)
and be accessible in non-gallery locations such as Youth Centres,
Community Centres, Libraries and Health Centre’s. There are a number of
established gallery venues where Young People could have the opportunity
to develop curatorial skills and showcase their work in a professional
context. There is scope to develop economic capacity in the form of creating
multiples for retail.
The project is part of the wider ‘Inspire’ programme between Youth Services
and Cultural Services and is designed to challenge pre-existing stereotypes,
to increase confidence and raise aspirations of those taking part.


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