The wheels are on, the oars are in the locks.
Interior space is larger than we thought.
Almost ready for touring around Pendle in 2017.
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.
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.
With some help with the woodwork, we have finally managed to see how it feels to dwell inside the wardrobes, yes they are safely joined together to make one space.
A space for thinking, a space for listening, a space for watching.
We have several ideas for the first installation and its just a matter of time before we take it out into local towns in Burnley and Pendle, with a potential trip to Preston too. We are going to use the interactive piece of sculpture (made from two antique gentlemen’s wardrobes) to engage with members of the public and raise awareness of what it means to be a male carer.
Thanks for the spare wood Daveid, we needed it to strengthen the internal floors, and thanks to Marcus for joining us all the way from the West Coast.
It was good to chat to Diane from CarersLink and I hope that she will pop in again soon to keep us informed of the opportunities available for Male Carers in East Lancashire.