Hervé Tullet: Shape and Color

At 468 Washington Street, where imagination is always welcome and  creativity is something you can reach out and touch, everyone is an artist. Kiddos, families, lunch-breaking professionals, teachers, & more, activated all 3 floors of 468 Washington Street on a very rare sunny day in February, welcoming French Artist, Hervé Tullet to lead an energetic & colorful collaborative workshop between The Albright-Knox Northland, WNY Book Arts Center, and Just Buffalo Literary Center

Attendees got a little inky (scratch that, a lot inky) with us here at Book Arts to learn all about screen printing. With a little help of our four teaching artists, artmakers grabbed a squeegee to print (and print, and print!) Hervé’s drawings,  creating colorful & whimsical compositions. Each one like a snowflake – unique from all the rest!

But the creation didn’t stop there. Inky artmakers packed into the elevator and stairwell to head upstairs to our neighbors at Just Buffalo Literary Center. There, a fleet of typewriters awaited, ready to put letters to paper. Pre-screenprinted papers were loaded in, and after some exploration of sounds, words & color, they turned into poems inspired by Hervé’s artwork.

Hervé’s quirky direction and encouragement fueled artmakers along the way, inviting young minds to explore creativity, while nudging grown minds to remember imagination.

“In my work everything is about a

simple idea and the energy to project it”

-Hervé Tullet

Whether it was their first visit or a familiar drop in, artmakers full of playful enthusiasm transformed the corner of Washington & Mohawk into an intersection of creativity and discovery, traveling down & up, then up, down and up again – chasing imagination…and we have the inky fingerprints on our walls to prove it.

Creations made by attendees will be part of Hervé’s installation at Albright-Knox Northland,

to be on view from May 15–August 16, 2020.