Young Women: haiga
Loren Lewis-Cole, Sally Kite Norman, Holly Ford, Jessie Wildgoose

The following haiga were done by pupils at Cotham School, Bristol UK. These are their first haiga, and Paul Conneally had the great pleasure of leading a whole day's workshop at the school where they explored haiku and Japanese prints; mainly Hiroshige prints---some of his favourites.

Students also looked at dadist collages and studied some of marlene mountain's haiku and visuals. Paul says he "feels it's important to not just introduce young folks to the classics of Japanese art, but for them to see that haikai literature and art is still developing, still vibrant, just as relevant as a reflective practice in our 21st century world as in the world's of Basho and Hiroshige. In fact, their worlds can link directly with ours---not so different. These young people were all studying art, and it was interesting to see how they quite quickly took on the notion that an artist can combine too or more art forms in their work---be poet, be visual artist, be both . . . be artist."

After break, a ginko (haiku walk) in the school rose garden to collect phrases and fragments---not just words, but also physical fragments to make their collage haiga with. The daffodil in
Loren's haiga gives us our season - spring!

The haiga in its original state was ephemeral---existing in its 3-D state for perhaps only 40 minutes before it was photographed, then dismantled to exist now both as a digitaly coded image and chemically coded image/print.

Paul also says "I learned so much from working with these young people as they were enthusiastic, open to new ideas and so hard working." --- Paul Conneally


haiga by Young Women
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