Our second Latest Edition meeting was held at the Festival of Thrift Site in Kirkleatham.
After a coffee and half a packet of Jaffa Cakes we soon got down to some serious work, each of us in turn gave a small presentation on our proposed art works and how we’d display the work in the Pavilion space. Discussing the project as a group really helped open up a dialogue as to how our work would show not only as individual installations but how it would come together in the space as a group exhibition.
The proposals behind the work of each artist are incredibly exciting and varied, not just in materials and process but the ideas and inspiration found relating to the site and surrounding area.
Becki Harper has been researching Bee colonies and has taken inspiration from the Dorman Museums collection of Victorian Bee cabinets as well as researching the array of waggle dances bee’s use to communicate to one another.
Nick Kennedy has been researching Modernist architecture in the area and has been inspired by the Pavilion building itself.
Carol Devey Haughton’s project is looking at themes relating to the local countryside alongside Teeside’s industrial heritage, these contrasting images are lending themselves to an impressive final piece.
Theresa Easton has been inspired by woodblock type found in the Kirkleatham stores of the archive, and re-using objects within her work.
Diane Watson has been inspired by museum collections as well as discovering found objects on her local beach, how they impact the environment and their importance and place in today’s world of throwaway culture.
David Bilton, Festival of Thrift Director and production manager joined us during the meeting and kindly took the time to listen to our proposals and discussed what would be feasible in the space. David’s knowledge made it seem like anything could be possible in reason, and it was useful to understand what technical difficulties we could overcome before install.
After lunch Theresa, Becki and I visited Janet at the stores archive, she kindly helped us find archive materials and objects that could relate to each of our projects. Theresa trawled through drawers of type, discovering some amazing wooden block lettering and stamps featuring images of maps and decorative themes of nature. Becki found war posters relating to a women’s role during the war, and I sifted through magazines from the 1800’s looking for illustrations depicting scenes of nature, flowers and gardens. We all found some inspiring objects and might’ve gotten a little off-topic with our politics discussion due to the nature of the posters, but it felt like a productive day with a lot of excitement and ideas thrown around.