The culmination of Camera Eats First was a fabulous art installation at Silverland Studios on Ramsgate Harbour.
As you entered the Gallery, immediately in front of you was a feast for the eyes, long picnic tables covered in a highly original and colourful tablecloth. The table appeared to be covered in brilliantly coloured ceramics plates and bowls loaded with food. An illusion of course, designed by artist Chris Tipping. There was no real food on the table.
The plates were decorated with images created by Project MotorHouse’s young photographers. The table appeared to be supported on wooden crates, filled to bursting with fresh fruits and vegetables and the basic ingredients to make the food on the tabletop. The cloth was dotted with writing and bits of paper with recipes and comments from the young photographers about their experience and thoughts about food.
Chris Tipping collaborated with Shelly Goldsmith, Reader in Textiles on the Fashion Textiles BA at UCA Rochester. The cloth was printed by dye-sublimation, a heat-based print process and we are told it is the largest single piece of printing produced in this way undertaken by the University. The tablecloth was constructed from 21 separate pieces of printed cloth & sewn together by Shelly.
On your right as you entered the gallery, was a television screen showing a cook-along video starring two of the young photographers. This was a collaboration between another pair of young photographers, food stylist Lynsey Fox and Dan Whitehead of Roar Video.
Framed photographs lined the rest of the right-hand wall. These were original prints by the group of 14 young photographers. The colourful fruit and veg market stall installation of the left-hand wall was the result of a creative collaboration in the gallery by two young people, Sam and Zac. It made quite an impact!
A series of 20 glazed dishwasher proof bone china dinner plates lined the back wall. These were manufactured by Digital Ceramic Custom Tiles in Stoke on Trent, the home of British Ceramics, in collaboration with Chris. Again, all the artwork is by the group, reproduced as digital ceramic transfers. Each of the 14 young participants were gifted their plate and their framed photographs following the exhibition.