Its been well known to me that Architects are my biggest fans, we have many of the same loves and utilise many of the same tools. So perhaps it should not seam surprising to me that I keep on being asked to talk about my practice at Architectural firms.
This month Barr Gazetas in central London invited me in to speak to them about how I make my pictures.
I designed this talk on the making of my pictures low tech verses high tech. I shared sketches of pictures I am currently working up into prints to demonstrate how I work with pencil and paper first to break down my images before I remake them as screenprints. I also brought in a selection of finished prints and some of my sketch books. There were many an insightful question and one person even picked up on my poetry efforts inside a sketchbook (Please fined the poem below).
How mighty is thy pen, thy brush?
Dose it press the skin of thy's foes neck/chest/flesh?
Do its marks flow, poured from the inkwell like water?
Or do they scratch, chip with a hammers laboured blow?
I hold my pen here between my chest, grasped in my fist here! see it?
Like a dagger, or are they just flowers?
You know all my stories they have all been told before.
Men, women, children forever tell them well.
Yet I scribble here to show you and I again.
It's simple stuff really... Love, or is it Truth?... maybe happiness or forgiveness are better?
But never tales of bragging greedy gold!
My pen is my picture, my voice, my eyes.
I write, I sing, I play, I dance, I fly.
by Frank Kiely