I work with Carl once a week on a Friday. During our time together Carl has taught me a lot about the importance of environment. Making the correct space for Carl is integral to his work. Providing the right tools for Carl enables him to have purpose when choosing everything, including the correct pens (sharpies) and paper (large roll of Fabriano) provides enough for Carl to start making. If I have not provided enough/correct materials he will seek out what is needed and he always succeeds in doing so.
Lately Carl has been focusing on cutting and sticking old pieces of work or work that I have done while sharing his space. His most recent works include coloured sticky backed plastic sheets that are cut into strips and circles. These strips and circles are placed with purpose until he is satisfied.
Alongside his work he will meticulously write words, each a different colour. He will invite me to read these words and expect some feedback.
Carl was recently given a small box of stamps with different coloured inks. He used this in place of his pens. Colour sequencing seems to be important as he writes.
Written by Parachute Club Artist, Tom Lepora.