Played 431 times.
'cause they say home is where the heart is set in stone
is where you go when you’re alone
is where you go to rest your bones
it’s not just where you lay your head
it’s not just where you make your bed
as long as we’re together, does it matter where we go?
home // gabrielle aplin
Lick the Star (Sophia Coppola, 1998)
I had the opportunity to attend the SGC international conference earlier this semester, from March 26th to 29th. The conference was hosted on the west coast, in the San Francisco Bay area. The organization has existed for 42 years, and yet this was the first time it has ever been hosted on the west coast. Because it has always been hosted on the east coast, many of the people attending the conference had traveled all the way across the country to be there. The title of the conference was Bridges: Spanning Tradition, Innovation, and Activism. All the key events, demonstrations, exhibitions, an programs followed this general theme. On the website the intent of the conference was stated: “Bridges will investigate the intersections between traditional and emerging technologies and how these tools are vehicles for creating meaningful and critical discourse around contemporary issues.”
I learned a lot about the printmaking community at the SGC International conference and was able to view diverse working methodologies. My favorite was the book art. There was such a wide assortment of small little books made out of the most creative things. One book was spun around a spool that once held thread. The most unconventional recycled items were used. An example of this is a book that was made out of plastic measuring bags which were sew together, filled with pages, and marked on. I also loved the sound/lithography process in which a page from my sketchbook was translated into sound while it was transferred into a physical print. I was able to keep several prints and utterly enjoyed the whole process. Printmaking has historically been viewed as a hybrid medium which embraces tradition, while using or embedding creativity. I was able to experience this first hand because I was given the opportunity to attend SGC in San Francisco this semester.