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14.8.07

Red thread private view


Just a quick update in the middle of a nutty week of social butterfly stuff (gigs, ketchups, beersphere, ladybloggers and hopefully a bit of bhangra in there somewhere.)

Last Thursday evening, Spinach held a private view for the installation, Red Thread and it was a really lovely evening (just like everybody said it would be) - I felt completely spoilt by Martin and the rest of the Spinach crew. Some wonderful people turned up - bloggery peeps, ad folk, acting folk, other artists and dear friends. Poor Nina (die Scheißeköpfchen) got lost along the way, but she was there in spirit. As were various twittery friends who sent me text messages, and of course my parents, who are always with me in spirit.

I've not had an opening/private view in which I just 'rocked up' to before. He Said She Said was close, but I still spent a bit of time helping organise things beforehand. This was 5-star treatment, which was great! I did a little bit of a walk/talk through the space, going through the process and some of the little details with a few people and got good feedback from everyone. I was even hoping for a bit of flack! I got up and did an impromptu chat in front of everyone as well, which i think i bungled a bit, but hopefully it made sense. True to form, Young Will took a photo of it. Thanks Will.

Some of the highlights of the night for me including a good chat with Tom [Spinach MD] who initially was feeling a bit 'challenged' by the work, but had come to understand it and relished the partnership of creativity and business; seeing that Claire had lovingly tied her red bauble to her office phone [which for me is a real sign of engaging with it, not just finding somewhere to put it]; having dinner with a fantastic bunch of people afterwards, where there was much lively discussion and really warm feel to the evening; giving out some presents [just like Satan Santa]; really feeling how much Ali and Francesca and Helen and others at Spinach really enjoyed having me around and found the work and the project really worthwhile - so much so that I'm going back for another day next week. yay!

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At 15 August, 2007 09:39, Blogger Helen said...

You've just prompted me to remember last night's dream. You brought in red balloons (there were fewer than 99) and tied them to the office ceiling in a red string sack!!

 
At 15 August, 2007 20:52, Blogger Charles Frith said...

Well done Lauren. Disappointed I couldn't make it. Spinach are lucky to have some real art unrolling around the place.

Alas work today is preventing from joining you at beersphere too :(

 
At 16 August, 2007 12:02, Blogger Age said...

Glad to hear it went well and congrats on the whole initiative!

I'm hoping to one day visit a similar exhibition in this funky cafe in Port Melbourne if ya catch ma drift...

Hope all is happy.

 
At 16 August, 2007 16:00, Blogger john dodds said...

I thought your put down of the paparazzi was impeccable.

 
At 16 August, 2007 22:02, Blogger lauren said...

helen - ooh! that sounds fantastic. in fact, i might just try and attempt that on monday when i come in... ha-ha!

charles - thanks darling, saw that you were dealing with travel on the day. i'm sure you were there in spirit. never mind about beersphere, next time. next week sometime or summit.

age - thanks mate. i'm hoping i end up doing something similar in a cafe in port melbourne somewhere too! in fact, that has reminded me to do something about that - cheers! all is happy and i'll email you an update sharpish.

doddsy (thanks angus for this new nickname) - thank you. i've been practicing my maternal put-down material for a while, glad to see it works. it's all in the intonation you know.

 

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