We salute 2018 with a cup of Lemsip in one hand and a glass of Cava in the other! It has been an intense end to an exciting year full of new opportunities, challenging collaborations, a few media features and favoured regular events. We have met so many lovely people in our ventures this year both customers, clients and fellow makers, we think you are FABULOUS! We may be under the influence of flu but Bonker*s Clutterbucks would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a joyful and exciting new year, with great health, sustainable wealth and much happiness X X X X
This Sunday we’ll be at the lovely Salmesbury Hall near Preston for the Hopeful & Glorious Summer Art Fair 11am – 4pm
Our new pieces can be found at our Etsy Shop
SOME OF OUR BALLOON DIORAMAS
SOME OF OUR HARE DIORAMAS
We are delighted to have been featured in the June edition of Lancashire Life magazine talking about our work and contribution to Mirador’s “Behind The Wall” exhibition at Lancaster Museum. This is the lovely article by the Sue Riley featuring photos by Darren Andrews in the June issue of Lancashire Life about our recent collaboration with Mirador and six other artists on the Behind The Wall exhibition at Lancaster Museum. The exhibition looked at the last 150 years of a heritage site now used by Standfast, once a wagon works, WW1 billets and WW1 internment camp. It was lovely working with the Mirador team and Standfast & Barracks print works in Lancaster and exhibiting beside Michael Brennan Wood, Darren Andrews, Carolyn Bartlett, Katie Duxbury, Jon Randall and Adam Clarke. Our four legged pals will appreciate that even Coco and Beanie got a mention!
Gosh the week kicked off with us being interviewed by BBC Lancashire by Dominic Busby and Rosie Dummer to promote the weekend’s Festival of Making in Blackburn. We had a lovely weekend 6th and 7th May at the maker’s market in St George’s Hall surrounded by 35 lovely makers of wonderful things. We do love makers!
March the 3rd marked the unveiling of a heritage art show that we took part in called Behind the Wall based on the history of the Caton Road building now used by Standfast & Barracks. The project was dreamt up by Mirador and was partly ACE funded. We contributed with five other artists including Michael Brennan Wood, Darren Andrews, Carolyn Bartlett, Katie Duxbury, Jon Randall and Adam Clarke all of whom brought their own interpretation of the site to the exhibition.
The building is now a print and dye works but has had numerous uses over the years including wagon works, temporary army billet in WWI and a POW camp and has an impressive clock tower designed by Edward Paley. We decided to recreate the clock tower as a time machine, the idea being that you dress up in period costume provided and climb inside the clock tower and off you go back in time! We also made 3D Clock Tower model kits which are available in the museum shop.
The locker room houses the costumes and the pigeon holes piece compartmentalises the various times and uses. We had access to Standfast’s beautiful pattern archives which we incorporated.
The show is made up of very individual site responsive pieces including Standfast in Minecraft, period costume made from contemporary printed fabrics, embroidery, photography and film and is interspersed with swathes of fabric printed with the historical timeline.
The exhibition is free, on until May 1st and you can come along to a free Clock Tower model making workshop for families on March 25th 11- 3pm at Lancaster Museum.