Four Pairs

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.

Feast Wagons in Preston

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.

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.

found-trike

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

Gentlemen’s Space

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.