Any old iron?

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.

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Train of thought

14907692_10154768653932148_4837808703709889188_nThanks 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.

Fiddly Bits

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.

All aboard… the wardrobe!

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.

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Lost and found: superb example of make do and a/mend to provide a very stylish form of transport.

Images from Mick’s Photo Archive

Recently discovered in the vaults of local photographer Mick NSE, we found some amazing photos from some of our day trips including Manchester, Preston and the Birdbox Workshop here in Rosegrove.