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30.7.07

red thread install day 1





it's been a while since i've had occasion to 'track' an installation process - the last couple of shows being group shows that pretty much went up in a day. in fact, regular readers will probably remember entropy at platform to be the last time i subjected you all with a blow-by-blow account.

well, i'm at it again.

some of you may already know about red, thread - a site-specific installation in the research agency, spinach. for others, read here, here and here.

usually, installation week is hell. it's a mad rush of hoping that it all comes together as well as planned, pitting yourself against the clock, struggling with wavering confidence as you hope your ideas are, in situation, everything you hoped they were in development and then there's the inevitable sleep deprivation/bad diet combination.

well, i can categorically say that this installation has been so far removed from that, it's almost unbelievable and exactly why i want to continue working with research/planning/advertising agencies from now on. organising the show was as easy as a chinwag with Martin, Spinach's Creativity Director and about 2 hours of well-spent time spent putting ideas to paper (not 15 years of justification and budget development). materials have been really easy to obtain and have served me well and so far, i'm making some great progress and having loads of fun. i actually feel, for the first time, like being an artist is a respectable profession! way-oh!

today i did the essay equivalent of a plan and first draft. i've mapped out an introduction, given myself an idea of what's happening in the body of the work, have a conclusion planned and will head back to tweak and finalise the conclusion.

i did some fun things today like

knitting (i took video footage, but am a bit embarrassed by it, so i'm holding out on it for now),



i made some red bow butterflies.



i've wrapped locker keys in wool,



and started to entwine a partition in the stuff.



i've let things drape



made some nice taut lines



and make some knots and bits and pieces.



i've had loads of fun, enjoyed engaging with the spinach kids and i'm looking forward to day 2, tomorrow.

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7 Comments:

At 31 July, 2007 00:55, Anonymous Rob @ Cynic said...

This looks great and exciting - I can't wait to see how it develops.

I am well chuffed SPINACH came good - and I think we'll be asking them for some help when/if we open in London - because people who can demonstrate being open to stuff rather than just talking about it are bloody rare and are the ones we want to work with, not just read about.

Thanks Lauren - you restored my faith in alot of things with this post.

 
At 31 July, 2007 09:46, Blogger Feltbug said...

Wonderful, wonderful work Lauren - I am very inspired by this - have a good week.

 
At 31 July, 2007 14:08, Blogger Rob Mortimer said...

Looks really good :)

Makes me want to do another store front deco for Oxfam...

 
At 31 July, 2007 17:18, Anonymous Angus said...

It's looking fabulous, well done.

 
At 31 July, 2007 21:49, Blogger lauren said...

hi guys - thanks so much for all your encouragement and support - you're all lovely, and especially because the images don't really convey exactly how it looks in situ. suffice to say though, it has been the most amazing experience, both for me and for the peeps at Spinach

rob c - i've passed on your compliment to spinach and they were well-chuffed.
mandy - happy to be of service!
rob m - if you want a hand with that, let me know, would love to do one :)
angus - if you want to come to the private view next week, would love to see you there. i'll post the deets on here.

 
At 01 August, 2007 08:31, Anonymous Marcus said...

Looking good young lady.

 
At 01 August, 2007 12:57, Blogger lauren said...

thanks marcus :)

 

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