Screen printing tote bags at the Lane Print Workshop - Saturday 12th August 2017
For this weekend’s Houghton Festival we'll be hosting a Lane Print Workshop in honour of the great Venezuelan artist Carlos Cruz-Diez.
Lane designer, typographer and artist Oliver Wood will be screen printing his Cruz-Diez inspired design onto tote bags made with heavy duty cotton canvas that have natural jute herringbone straps. The Lane Print Workshop is part of Nottingham collaborators Truth & Lies specially curated event, ‘Revolution and Change: Venezuela and the Tropics’. It will be running throughout the day, evening and late into the night and will celebrate the music, culture and film of the region.
Born in 1923 in Caracas, Carlos Cruz-Diez is an international pioneer of the op art and kinetic art movement.
Cruz-Diez attended the School of Plastic and Applied Arts in Caracas in 1940. He worked as both as an art director and typographer in New York and Caracas before his ground breaking art started to gain momentum in the mid 1960s.
For his entire career he's focussed on developing an understanding of colour and working to a strict palette of straight lines and geometric forms.
His work pioneers the moiré effect, where two or more colours sit side by side to create a visual 'vibration'.
Not limited to the gallery, the artist has created large scale architectural installations, giant 'prints' on city roads and even a carpet in Caracas airport.
His wonderful and ambitious use of colour should be an inspiration to any designer or artist, or anyone that loves colour. And that's why we love his work in the Lane Studio. Browse our wall art selection and you'll see how much of an inspiration his work has been.
We'll also be letting the public print their own portrait of artist Marisol Escobar using our antique letterpress machine. Discover more about this collaboration with illustrator Amy Blackwell.
For more details about the festival and our involvement, head to our magazine article.