We got there to set up at 10.30am and were painting away by 11am. We had objects with us which had already been given in advance such as a large fishbowl and a bread bin. As the day went on we had a really fantastic array of weird and wonderful trash to be turned into treasure.
Working away on the fishbowl and geeeetar!
We were brought a guitar which the owner wanted 'good ideas are the heartstrings of the soul', on the bread bin the owner wanted 'may we all find nourishment in the simplest of things' and on an antique record player we were asked to paint 'I wish I cared enough to cry'. So it was pretty eye opening and people were telling us some really heartfelt and poignant thoughts for the future and for their objects to be donned with.
Both myself and Tinsel have very different ways of using text in our works. Tinsel is more known for her text based slogan works on found wood and for her text on her paintings. I use quotes in my design based works and use scrolls and butterflies and dragonflies to create something purely for visual effect to decorate quotes which capture my attention and imagination.
Tinsel's 'Ban the Bureaucracy' lock
My 'When One becomes a Princess' design
We decided to keep it quite organic as to who did what, basing our decision on what we felt once we'd seen the objects. We could both have input on both objects as we both use floral designs and features to decorate our works with, so if one did the text then it meant the other could decorate and vice versa, or not even in some cases...but even then we both signed the pieces as they were joint in concept.
The day itself was really exciting, intense and hot!!! The sun was out in full force and we were sitting in the window of a gallery which has so much natural sunlight we felt like ants under a magnifying glass for most of the day! PHEW!!! But we persevered and got as much done as we could in the six and a half hours we were there. We've still got objects to complete so hopefully that can happen this week and we can get people's newly made art pieces returned to them soon.
Melting in the window!
Group of the objects
We raised a lovely handful of cash for The Ubuntu Education Fund (http://www.ubuntufund.org/) who were delighted with the proceeds and extremely thankful to everyone who participated and gave donations. And a massive thank you to all those who supported and participated in the event from start to finish and for helping such a worthy cause. Also a big thanks to debut Contemporary for allowing us to use the gallery as the setting for this event.