Superb day at Treacle market, Macclesfield on Sunday (every last Sunday of the month). Glorious sunshine all day and the numbers who turned out to shop were tremendous as always. Lots of great stalls with top quality food, beverages, vintage and handmade products and quirky goods. The owl man was there with his enormous eagle owl and there was morris dancing. We were very impresses by a group of enterprising youngsters (aged approx 9) who’d made macrame bracelets in red white and blue and were giving 25% of their proceeds to charity. We got to meet our lovely fb friend Hilary Cottier and her infamous wire fox terrier Tabitha who arrived in her carriage!
Bonker*s Clutterbucks had a wonderful start to the project on Tuesday when we got to meet our lovely group of project “apprentices”. Great to have a mix of ages and diverse talents and we really look forward to hearing memories of Blackpool from some of our maturer apprentices, along the way.
We introduced ourselves and what we have done in the past 18 months to the group and our hopes and plans for the project along with a choice of templates. The idea is for our participants to come up with a 3D card modelling kit or diorama which is inspired by imagery from the Blackpool archives, which is easy to construct and manufacture and would make an ideal Blackpool souvenir. We were overwhelmed by the sense of enthusiasm and number of ideas.
Tony Sharkey, local history librarian, gave a great talk in the second half and showed us some amazing iconic images which captured the scale, popularity, glitz, glamour and eccentricity of Blackpool. Many thanks to the photographers of the day for capturing the wonderful images!
We ended the week with a wonderful visit to the Yorkshire Sculpture Park with the project organisers and participants and explored the park, sculptures, and fabulous shop. We had an enlightening talk about the products in the shop by Jo Rodger, Head of Visitor Services who talked us through their merchandise and strategies.
We were also set an ingenious task to quickly design a product inspired by the sculptures and think about it’s use, appropriate markets, price and end users. In ten minutes, we six virtual strangers together created the coolest curvaceous rabbit- bird feeder ever! Very refreshing to tap into other people’s way of thinking and to work at such speed.
We have met some wonderful and inspiring people from Blackpool this week and look forward to working on prototypes for the kit next week.
Bonker*s Clutterbucks had another great Sunday at Treacle Market! Superb sunshine, fabulous food, award winning meat produce, plants, local cheeses and beers, exotic mushrooms (swit swoo), tweedy handbags, flowery halos, gorgeous vintage ephemera, framed prints, all manner of handmade goodies, live music and a whopping great eagle owl (twit twoo)….what more could you ask for?
The city of Seoul is always under construction so South Korean artist Choi Jeong-Hwa has created a shielding screen for a building under construction. Jeong-Hwa used 1000 brightly coloured recycled doors to create a screen for a 10-storey building, at the same time turning it into a visual delight. The artist felt that by using discarded doors in the installation he could retain something of the memories and the daily routines that these doors once were party to. He says: “There were lives that used to pass through those doors.” 1000 Doors is also a means to engage the greater city population on the possibility of making “normal” things appear extraordinary.
Above is a selection of some of his wonderful installations from around the world.
DELIGHTED to say that Bonker*s Clutterbucks have been selected to work with the wonderful Grundy Art Gallery and Blackpool Council to work with the community to produce a range of saleable products for the art gallery and tourist office shops, as part of “Project Object”. We’ll be able to explore the cities wonderful archives for inspiration and plan to make some models and card modelling kits inspired by Blackpool’s historic collections and built heritage. We’ve been playing around with card and cardboard and are itching to get stuck in.