We had a fabulous time in Blackpool this week for the launch of Project Object products going on sale at the Grundy Art Gallery and Tourist Information Office shop, Blackpool. We were joined by family, friends and apprentices to celebrate the launch complete with a vintage ice cream van and round of crazy golf (Doug Fishbone & Friends Adventureland Golf).
Inspired by Blackpool’s archives and built heritage, vintage souvenirs and illuminations – Lois Blackburn had produced a wonderful apron and tea towel, Tim Denton had manufactured three fantastic lamp shades and we had produced gondola tram and Blackpool tower 3D card modelling kits and individual diorama box pieces. All of us had access to Central Library’s archives and illumination works and worked with groups of apprentices from the community to come up with concepts, ideas and prototypes for our products.
We are in awe of how much is going on with arts and culture in Blackpool, it is a very exciting place to be at the moment. Bonker*s Clutterbucks would like to take this opportunity to thank Blackpool Council and the very enthusiastic duo Clancy Mason, Arts Engagement Manager and Kerry Hunt, Education Officer, Grundy Art Gallery for appointing us to take part in the project. Huge thanks also to the wonderful team at the Local and Family History Centre, Central library namely Tony Sharkey, Anne Cameron and Gary Carson, for allowing us access to the superb archives including the Cyril Critchlow Collection and answering our seemingly endless questions! It is the first project we’ve undertaken of this kind and has been a wonderful journey for Bonker*s Clutterbucks. We have loved being immersed in the wealth of superb historic visual heritage and thoroughly enjoyed working with the great folk of Blackpool.
Another great day in sunny Blackpool on Tuesday which began with a bespoke guided tour of the Winter Gardens by one of our project apprentices Abigail, who is so incredibly bubbly and enthusiastic about Blackpool and it’s heritage… it’s infectious! Abigail talked about Blackpool having been in the doldrums in recent times and her personal decision to try and make a difference by training to become a heritage guide. She is an inspiration. The twelve function areas within the Winter Gardens were just amazing in their opulent Art Deco, modern, Constructivist, Spanish, Regency and Baroque splendour and we were filled with a sense of awe at the sheer scale of of the building as a visitor attraction.
Fully inspired, We had a great afternoon working together with our group on our card models and dioramas. One of our participants, Susan showed us the gondola tram she’d meticulously embellished with excuisite beads and lace curtains at home and shared with us some of her own brilliant card model creations. We had our very own mini illumination display thanks to Jean, her tram diorama and very nifty miniature spotlight! Loved seeing her selection of trams through the ages and use of mirror card. We looked at figures to include in the dioramas and it was out with the glitter, glitter glue, sequins, feathers and sand this week. All great fun and very relaxing! We love that everyone’s wholeheartedly throwing themselves into the project and introducing their own particular style and flair. It’s great to see individuals problem solving and finding design solutions. We have so many talented and experimental individuals and it is wonderful to have the opportunity to share ideas, spur each other on and celebrate the varied heritage and spectacle of Blackpool. We hope everyone left with a great sense of achievement because the work created was brilliant!
Bonker*s Clutterbucks are so excited to be taking part in this great project in Blackpool in conjunction with artists Tim Denton and Lois Blackburn, to work with the community and to come up with a range of quality sellable products inspired by the cities wonderful historic archives to be sold at The Grundy Art Gallery Shop and Tourist Office Shop. We plan to explore the cities wonderful historic archives and create some imaginative 3D card models and dioramas inspired by Blackpool architecture, transport and circus through workshops.
If you’re interested in taking part and live in the Blackpool area we’d love to see you there, details below.
Today we were given access to Blackpool’s precious historic archives at the Central library, what a gem! We were overwhelmed by history librarian Tony Sharkey and Anne’s help as they’d pre-selected an abundance of amazing imagery for us to to peruse and record. Together Peter & I took 517 photos, it was a wonderfully intense and inspiring time. We’re totally in awe of Blackpool’s amazing visual history and can’t wait to crack on with ideas for Project Object.