In celebration of the 21st Birthday of The Harlequin Shopping Centre in Watford, I have spent the weekend enticing shoppers to weave a plastic strip of shopping bag onto this giant 21.

I made the 21 earlier in the week using chicken wire and a wooden frame. (Wearing gloves seriously stunted my ability to create the frame so my hands are now extremely scratched!)

Retailers from the shopping centre donated their shopping bags to be woven into the installation. I must admit, some bags made for more interesting strips than others (a particular favourite of mine was the bags from Pumpkin Patch that are multi-coloured, spotty AND stripey all in one bag!!)

Shoppers were also invited to write a birthday message and attach it to the giant 21 that stands at just over 2 metres tall.

The giant, multi-coloured 21 will be on display at the Gallery on the the third floor of the shopping centre until the end of the month.


Bog Standard Gallery

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American conceptual artist John Baldessari was looking for people, who wanted their name in lights, for 15 glittering seconds.

Your Name in Lights reflects the changing cult of celebrity in modern society and recalls Andy Warhol’s prediction that in the future everyone will have their 15 minutes of fame. Drawing on imagery from Broadway theatre displays and Hollywood films, this ambitious new work will involve more than 100,000 participants.

So last week, i tuned into the webcam to see my name in lights on the top of the Australian Museum facade. It was late afternoon here in the UK, and of course the middle of the night over in Australia (hence why there is not much to see in the screen shot!) but was exciting non the less!

Happy new year to all! I think one of my resolutions will definitely have to be to update this more (even though it feels very wordy compared with a tweet!), but there is lots to report!

Towards the end of 2010 was extremely busy – always a good thing for me as I love having lots to do, and it means i have gotten involved in lots of exciting projects! The one I will share today, is the Art Therapy Without Borders International Postcard Art Exchange.

I have to say, I have always been fascinated by mail art projects – I adore receiving mail from around the world (I suppose this parallels my love for receiving email of toilet sign photos!) and I also love the idea of the journey that the envelope/letter has just accomplished! Whilst studying for my art foundation I exhibited a piece of work i created about just this, but never actually participated in a mail exchange until now!

The ATWB Postcard Exchange is a perfect way to start. Having now qualified as an Art Therapist, and having a particular interest in using the applications of the principals of art therapy in different ways, this was a great opportunity to find our how other art therapists around the world are practising.

You can read more about the exchange and see the postcards already received on the ATWB website. I have already received a few, and am looking forward to binding them into a book once i have received the set 🙂

My ten year old brother Jonathan managed to take some time away from the football pitch to make this picture. It was his first time using pastels and I was so impressed i thought it needed to be shown off!

Well done Jonathan!