Images Copyright: Fiona Campbell

Workshops

Alongside designing chameleon images for the co-created hologram artwork, and collating image submissions, Fiona ran workshops with the community to create collages for the project. 

‘I had fun running a free online collage-making workshop.  We looked at a power point for context and art inspiration, then after my brief demo got stuck into making together online.  After a break we had a chat about our progress, and at the end did a ‘show and tell’.  I was impressed by the prep done by the participants in advance, collecting such an array of recycled papers and other found materials. There was such a wonderful range of outcomes!’

This project has got me moving again’ (Carol Carbin, participant)

‘It was so lovely to connect with some lovely like-minded people and I love the project’ (Lesley Innes, participant)

It was really fun.. it was my first time doing such a project’ (Vasu Tolia, participant)

Fiona also ran free in-person collage-making workshops at Victoria Park Community Centre, Bridgwater.  Materials were provided.  ‘It was an exciting change after so long in lockdown! The centre looked after us so well and I loved interacting with real people for the day.  Along similar lines to the zoom workshop, we made collages in one dominant colour for All The Colours’. Participants ranged from 8 yrs old – adult.

Design Process

The design process has been complex, involving several stages, some completely new to me!  Initially I created
3 chameleon paintings in different colour schemes, plus a background.  After compiling all the community’s image submissions, I used software to import them into the chameleons as photo mosaics, ready for lenticular printing. I’m really grateful to Seed designer Neil Lumby for all his input in preparing the artworks for the final printing stage’.
The final stage before printing is adding the logos and going through various compromises to meet different partners’ requirements.
 

Chameleons are now endangered species. They represent diversity, adaptation, colour change. The overall idea is about embracing and appreciating our differences. Interestingly, it has recently been discovered that chameleons change colour through reflective crystals in highly regular grid-like arrangements to reflect different wavelengths of light.

Lenticular process Lenticular prints are holographic, making images almost cinematic. It’s a technology in which lenticular lenses are used to produce printed images with the ability to change or move as the image is viewed from different angles.

As the bus moves, or viewers move past the image, the chameleon will change colour, depending on viewpoint.

The title All the Colours conjures thoughts about our multitude of perspectives.  Mosaics of people’s faces and experiences on the news, zoom images, social media.. have dominated our world of late.  Colour and our differences has been a running theme.  The black lives matter movement highlights inequalities in human skin colour; the rainbow represents our appreciation of the NHS.  Climate change is all about our changing world.

Submissions We are really grateful to all those who have taken part!  We  have reached out to as many local groups and individuals as possible, appealing for image submissions in one dominant colour – particularly collages and photos. Submitted images are now part of the holographic chameleon. Artworks appear on 30 buses and can be seen in our online exhibition here

Prizes All The Colours submissions will be entered into a prize draw to win 2 free entry tickets (for 2) to Somerset Rural Life Museum – kindly donated by the museum.  Prizewinners are Ann Diment and Pauline Lerry

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