Remember, remember the 5th of November! In just two weeks we will be at the wonderful Salisbury Hall near Preston, with 40 other makers selling some gorgeous goodies.
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 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.
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.
Love these scrummy biscuit cushions by Nikki McWilliams, in particularly the iconic Tunnocks teacake wrapper which coincidentally inspired our Bonkers Clutterbucks logo.
We stumbled upon these wonderful balloon prints by Chase & Wonder.
Would love to have traveled to the big smoke to see this wonderful diorama at the Museum of London.
“The acclaimed creative director, curator and set designer, Simon Costin, has created a playful and contemporary window installation inspired by the Dickens and London exhibition. The view of the City Gallery from street level on London Wall will be transformed into a fantastical wintry vision of 19th century London.
Costin has created a magical and sprawling, blackened cardboard city, with winding alleys and shop fronts. At night hundreds of tiny LED lights will illuminate street lamps and the murky windows of the city.
Simon said: ‘My intention is to create a fantasy vision of London as it would have been glimpsed by Dickens on his nocturnal wanderings through the city. His essays are extremely evocative and I am using the text as my starting point and things will grow and develop from there. He has said that he felt like a child in a dream, ‘staring at the marvellousness of everything’. It is that marvellousness that I want to recreate’.” Museum of London
Bonkers Clutterbucks just got it’s very own facebook page.
We are just Bonkers about beautiful textiles, it’s in the blood. We also love stripes and felt we’d really like to add some Turkish Hamam towels to our eclectic range as they’re not only beautiful but very practical and incredibly hard to come by in the UK. As well as being extremely soft, Hamam towels are lightweight, super absorbent, fast drying, can double up as a serong and are ideal for travellers, campers, sunbathers and surfers.
This week we received a beautifully packaged parcel of 26 gorgeous towels all the way from Istanbul. We have a range of subtle pastel colours and stripes in 100% Cotton which we hope will fly off our stall.