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A Day Spent Wallpapering the Digital Academy Walls

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This practical workshop aimed to teach us how to apply large format graphics in the most simple and time efficient ways. The instructor; Tom Earthrowl started off by explaining the different types of digital wall designs and how to apply them. We covered pre-pasted wallpaper, paste-the-wall wallpaper and paste-the-paper wallpaper.

 

He then gestured over to his impressive table of tools and went through each one, explaining their multiple uses.

 

Then it was time to bite the bullet by removing wallpaper and applying another one onto the tester boards we’d been given. We were taught to cut around appliances, splice and use various tools. Despite my initial concern that I would destroy everything around me, I managed to get through this exercise with minimal disasters.

 

Once we were done with the tester boards, we were given the chance to practise – on the digital academy walls. No pressure right? If you do get the chance to visit the Digital Academy, do have a glance at the work of art next to the projector screen.

 

Cleanliness is next to Godliness. We were shown the importance of keeping the tools and workplace clean in order to remain safe.

 

Look after your tools and they’ll look after you. Keeping your tools clean and in good condition is all that is necessary to ensure that you don’t run into any last minute emergencies.

 

Slide not stab. It seems that my go-to stance with a knife is stabbing, which is not ideal for wallpaper application. The trick is to keep your knife at an angle so it slides through and makes a clean cut.

 

Cutting corners. As tricky as cutting wallpapers corners seems, Tom made it look easy by demonstrating the easiest ways to achieve precise cuts.

 

This workshop was a lot more practical than any other I’ve attended and it was great fun to watch everyone get stuck right in. The tutors were friendly and everyone in attendance was more than eager to learn which made it a lovely atmosphere to be a part of.

Tom ensured that he tailored the course to the needs of the students and that all questions were answered.  Although I learned some pretty important life skills during the day, I’m not convinced that applying wallcoverings would be a viable career option for me.

 


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