Boomtown Festival 2014 OLD TOWN

OLD TOWN!!!

old town!
old town!

I was so stoked to be applying for a shop window display at Boomtown fair! The year before I had been fly pitching ceramics round the campsites and this year I was a legitimate part of the decor crew.

suitcase sales
suitcase sales

It was by chance one of the shop window displays themes was to be shrunken heads the story has it that the pirates had set sail and caught a tropical illness which turned them into babies. I worked with Vito (Window Art Curator) to create an interesting design for the window.

initial ideas for window display
initial ideas for window display

My window was the old infirmary shop which meant I had some investigating to do into these era of time.

old style infirmary
old style infirmary

I wanted to explore the anatomy of my sculptures as they look a lot like Siamese twins. I done some research in to old scientific illustrations to get some inspiration.

conjoined sculpture
conjoined sculpture
Siamese anatomy
Siamese anatomy
conjoined sculpture
conjoined sculpture
Siamese illustrations
Siamese illustrations

I was keen to expand on my mosaic making and wanted to create a prop for the shop window using ceramic transfers. I experimented with some DIY ceramics transfer paper which made the process much cheaper and faster.

ceramic transfer DIY
ceramic transfer DIY
ceramic transfer DIY
ceramic transfer DIY
ceramic transfer DIY
ceramic transfer DIY
ceramic transfer DIY
ceramic transfer DIY

Some other props came up last minute such as glass jars which I could use for potions and put ceramic limbs in to them to give that old style doctor surgery feel.

ceramic limbs in jars
ceramic limbs in jars

I decided to go up early to help with the Old Town set build and décor as I had not had experience in this before I thought it would be a good opportunity to get stuck in.

The fish monger
The fish monger
Plague doctor
Plague doctor

After lugging a huge suitcase, rucksack and portfolio filled with ceramics and mosaics I finally arrived in Winchester where I was greeted by Dan Borg (Creative Design Manager). The Old Town set was well on the way and I got to work the next morning.

I enjoyed being part of the process and seeing the set flourish to completion. I especially enjoyed challenging myself and picking up old skills I thought were lost. I made last minute signs and props to bring my window up to standard.

medicine sign
medicine sign
brain leek
brain leek

After some long days of grafting the Old Town set and my window display was ready to go LIVE.

front on view
front on view
medicine list
medicine list
window view
window view

I even managed to do a bit of fly pitching around the festival again which meant I could get a bit of cash and some good trading when all my booze supply ran out!

campsite jokers
campsite jokers
necklace sale
necklace sale

All round was a great experience and I would be keen to do some more window art at Boomtown Festival again.. I met some wicked people and was very inspired by the determination and creativity of a team of mainly volunteers!

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