Taking inspiration from the novel Invisible cities by Italo Calvino with artist Vanya Lambrecht Ward
This year’s summer camp took some of its inspiration from the novel Invisible cities by Italo Calvino. These famous tales of travels and (un)imaginable cities was the starting point for all sorts of exploration.
These discoveries included mapping and photographing and drawing experiments as well as modeling and building, testing ideas and building machines. Every day we started with a game to warm up and finished the day with something made, be it small or big, individual and collective, experimental or carefully crafted.
Day one: Memory cities (mapping/ memory) We started our journey by revisiting some of the places from our memories or stories we had from our travel far away or local .Explored with paper, collage, building maps and illustrating our stories and places.
Day two: Cities and eyes (perception/ observation/ photos and drawing) Today we explored how we saw things and from different angles. We used devises and change our perspectives of our place and surroundings. Explored many vantage points in our drawings, experiment with making marks.
Day three: Cities and skies (place and scale/ building and up/down impossible) Scale was the order of the day, through simple and complex techniques we constructed objects, buildings, hanging, floating and flying. Folding, cutting, sticking and moulding our way around the place
Day four: Cities and names (identity and words/ inventions/ machines) Building with words, today we designed a machine that helped us name things and decipher what they mean. Through this we explored the places, people and objects in them, in a new way. Our graphic exploration involved stamps and printing as well as collage and stencilling.
Day Five: Hidden cities (making visible/ illusion/ tricks and hunting) All the things we could not see …….We took an excursion into trickery and illusion. With all our new ways of seeing and exploring we could now have a look at the things we can not see….all was revealed!
Vanya Lambrecht Ward is a Collooney based artist and designer. She initially worked in set designer before finishing a degree in fine art in Sligo. In 2010 Vanya Graduated with a MA (Art in the Contemporary world ) at NCAD, Dublin and currently pursuing an architectural degree and works as a design consultant for small studio providing architectural services. Her practice is centered around the built environment and combines photography, sculpture, painting and installation. She has exhibited both nationally and internationally