A very exciting meeting today with Caroline from Lancs Wellbeing. Nice to meet Richard, Jo and Darren and looking forward to hanging out more in 2017.
Meanwhile… what do you get if you bring together one pair of Gentlemen’s Wardrobes, one pair of donated bicycle wheels, one pair of old oars and three pairs of ‘Men Who Care’?
All will be revealed in the next few weeks.
Final preparations for our mobile wardrobes brought us to this old bike, fished from the canal.
We need a pair of adult cycle wheels to transform the wardrobes into a rickshaw style contraption so we can take it out and about in East Lancashire.
Thanks to the skills of Daveid Derbyshire we now have a bespoke upholstered seat for the wardrobes.
Allan took us on a wonderful train journey across North America from Seattle to Lake Bemidji, we retraced his adventure stories on a map, which helped to bring them to life.
The rubber gloves arrived in the post and they are a perfect fit for a playful installation, which involves trying to complete everyday tasks without being able to see the objects while wearing the gloves.
We had a quick brew to think about what kind of activities we could include in a 6month creative programme next year; painting, drawing, and photography seem popular.
Wow, what a fantastic array of objects at Oxheys Mill Studios in Preston.
The show, which is the culmination of a collaboration between Susan Walsh and Lubaina Himid is fully interactive, with the actually audience encouraged to touch and use the vehicles. Exquisite painting paired with utilitarian sculpture invites viewers to get up close with the vehicles of all shapes and sizes.
Special thanks to Denise Swanson for a warm welcome and a grand tour of the artist studios, it was lovely to see you and Evelyn again.
From concept to studio trials.
Today we tested the glass case concept, which presents users with a glimpse into the life of the home carer, who often find themselves awoken in the night to prepare emergency medicine while still half asleep.
Todays challenge was trying to operate a mobile phone with semi-dysfunctional hands.
Today we went back to the age of the steam train courtesy of Peter Handford’s superb recordings from yesteryear. These really are effective in capturing the environment of a time of steam powered locomotives and are perfect for testing out the capabilities of our installation space (inside two old Gentlemans Wardrobes). We piped the sound of approaching steam engines into the wardrobes via wireless speakers and were immediately transported to another place, complete with local bird song and chattering children on distant station platforms.
Alan, being an old hand on the footplate had actually worked on the same routes that Handford had recorded back in the 1960s (the Lickey Incline) and brought back memories of fire, soot, steel and sweat.
Lost and found: superb example of make do and a/mend to provide a very stylish form of transport.