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.

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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.

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.

Wild Wild West

Really enjoyed listening to tales of the wild west and the Native American heritage of Alan’s family. He has been on some fantastic train journeys across America. Thanks for sharing your experiences with us Alan.

Next week we are heading west to visit to the MA Show at The University Of Central Lancashire in Preston. (Thurs 15th)

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Wardrobe…. Starting the build

Mick, Marc and William started work on turning our wardrobes into an installation of art, which we hope will represent many forms of male caring….. Watch this space !!!

Alternative exhibition spaces.

Looking for a spoon when all you want is a fork.

Preston and public transport !!

A visit to preston was on the cards to meet a new contact called Marcus, and visit a small working art gallery/studios put on by some talented young UCLan graduate artists.

The day was a success and the group feel Marcus will be a great asset for the future. Also the art projects being worked on were very interesting, comparing life in Mexico with Lancashire.

However, the biggest form of surprise was an incident packed train journey home, where there were many forms of debate, opinion, resolve and other skills on show from our members, with one key message being learned “mind your business” or stand up for whats right. Both have positive and negative outcomes as we found out first hand, as the youth of today and the morals of us older folks clearly clashed, which is common on public transport, but all was resolved peacefully and lessons were learned for all parties concerned.🙂

Walking up Fishergate.

Having a tea break.

Camera Talk.

‘A Game Of Bowls’ 1927 by Roger Fry, on display at The Harris Art Gallery & Museum.

Preston’s ‘Covered Market’.

Outside Preston’s indoor market.

The Birley Studios, run by artists.