The WVRF Youth Banner Project is led by Nichola Goff, artist / printmaker from Redbrook.

Nichola is working with youth groups across the lower Wye Valley from Ross-on-Wye, Monmouth, Redbrook and Chepstow, exploring the theme of HUMAN⇋NATURE and youth identity; to collaboratively design and co-produce 12 large-scale silk banner flags to be displayed at the festival.

Nichola has been working with groups at The Attik Youth centre in Monmouth and Thornwell Youth Centre in Chepstow. Creative sessions explore the festival themes with text, photography, drawing and found imagery, printed with the limited colour pallet taken from nature. The flags are created on heritage silk that has been naturally dyed using local plants and designs are screenprinted onto the fabric using natural pigments from ochre and plants.

Each group is working on three banners. Viewing the River Wye as a thread, the project aims to amplify youth voices throughout the Wye Valley, reflecting the diversity of youth identity and connecting these communities to share their voice as part of this celebration of community, place and environment.

Check out the story behind the silk being used for the banner flags: https://kinetika.co.uk/about-murshidabad-silk

See the natural dyeing process: https://www.instagram.com/p/CbVrWo_sW4I/

Watch Nichola processing earth pigments for screenprinting inks: https://www.instagram.com/p/Cb-6BTvMver/

How to get involved:

Nichola is continuing over the next few weeks to work with young people from Redbrook Youth group and the basement Youth Trust in Ross-on-Wye to co-create the final six banners. Come along to the Monmouth parade at the Festival on Saturday 27th May to see these beautiful creations flying in the landscape.

About Nichola:

Nichola Goff is a multi-disciplinary printmaker, facilitator and Arts, Health & Wellbeing practitioner based in the lower Wye Valley. Nichola works with printmaking, drawing, photography, installation and collaboration with others to explore the themes in her practice; human connection to place, ecology and social justice.

Nichola takes her inspiration from a background in environmental and social justice campaigning as well as training in fine art printmaking and an MA in Arts, Health and Wellbeing. Nichola enjoys working with raw materials from a landscape and hand-processes to generate dialogue about sustainability, regenerative practice and slow living.

Nichola is working as a freelance practitioner and tutor out of her studio, The Yard Print Studio, in Drybrook in the Forest of Dean.

See more of Nichola’s work on her website: https://www.nicholagoff.com

Contact Nichola at nichola.wvrf@gmail.com