A local woman mixed lessons on science and art in a two-day workshop held at Maritime Gloucester, off Harbor Loop.
Lanesville artist Camilla MacFadyen gave the lessons on collograph printmaking. Students collected seaweed at the pier in back of the museum, made plates by gluing the seaweed to cardboard pieces, and applied fabric paint to the three-dimensional surface to print onto dozens of yards of silk chiffon and organza to make a collaborative art installation piece for the museum.
The museum also provided fish to create printed fabric and the fish were stuffed and sewn to swim in the silky virtual aquarium of seaweed images.
The “tank” therefore, is comprised of 7-feet wide, 18-feet tall pieces of printed fabric.
MacFadyen likened the project to performance art because of the collaborative efforts of the students in the workshop working together to arrange the images on the fabric. She mixed the colors and let them do the rest.
A “Stock the Tank” party that highlighted the group art piece was held on Saturday, Aug. 18, and the installation will be on view for the rest of the month at Maritime Gloucester. See its website for museum hours at http://maritimegloucester.org/