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After spending a year painting my caravan and it’s contents yellow, i have a very exciting new commission!

Seeing as i usually ‘live’ my projects this could mean quite a lifestyle change for me as it involves going green and working with a material that is not harmful to the environment!

Stanelco is a company that produce bioplastics which i will be using to create my next installation.

Bioplastics can replace oil-based plastics and because they are derived from corn and potato starches, as well as being used for life-long plastic products they can biodegrade right back to nature. As it is a very new material it is extremely exciting as it’s capabilities are not entirely known so will involve a lot of experimenting and fun!

Taking on this work has increased my awareness of lots of environmental issues, particularly focusing my attention on all the wasted plastics we come across daily – so much so that i have a new found feeling of guilt when i put plastic in the bin these days!

There are lots of artists that explore environmental issues and this will be something interesting to look at as i get a feel for this new project.

18 months after i first started painting things yellow for ‘When Painting Goes Too Far’ i am still discovering bits of yellow paint on various possessions of mine, my family and friends, and places i have been!

Some friends of mine have recently moved into a new flat and i was quite amused to see specks of yellow paint on their TV – this was because i was using that TV in my flat at the time of my yellow painting spree. I used to leave things to dry on the top of the TV but the number 1 button on the remote has yellow on it as i usually took a break from the painting and watched Neighbours on BBC 1!

I still own socks will yellow on the soles from where i accidentally stood on something i had painted and left to dry, and until just recently when i got a new phone, my phone was also quite yellow.

There are also some yellow specks on the steering-wheel of my mums car from when i had a paint emergency and had to go to B & Q after running out of paint! My dad also claims there is paint on the backseat of his car too from when he was transporting some of the items to my exhibition when they were not fully dry!

With all of this in mind i was quite interested when i came across artist Taz Lovejoy who is working on a project called ‘The Blue Blob’.

The project requires people to sculpt and photograph a small piece of blue plastercine and send it to her – increasing the awareness of the lack of blue in our natural world.

I just thought this was quite interesting because for every intentional blue blob she creates i have probably canceled it out with my accidental yellow blob!

Having never been to a Graduation Ceremony before i had very little idea as to what i could expect from my own, let alone how it works when you have divorced parents, an absolutely huge family and 2 tickets!

On the day it all worked out just fine and i dressed up in the funny costume, shook hands with someone important, went out for a lovely lunch and then came home.

Shortly after arriving back home i wondered if after 4 years of studying whether i actually was meant to receive anything to prove that this actually happened? Or maybe because i left the university owing such huge library fines i wouldn’t get a certificate?

Luckily this arrived in the post this week so i no longer need to worry:

After having spent 10 days at my degree show talking about my work, i think it has really got my mind very focused to notice absolutely anything that is remotely toilet related or spotted. Probably more so than when i was actually creating the pieces, because during that time i was thinking specifically about the tasks i was doing, rather than about the work as a whole. During the show, i have had chance to think about my work in a wider context, and i have been thinking about what will happen next – not only for these 2 pieces themselves, but for their development and some entirely new work.

Once i had taken the show down i went to London for a couple of days, and i realised when i got back, that most of the things i had taken photographs of were toilet related or spotty! I just hope i wont notice something similar next time i open my wardrobe!

I noticed this lorry after stepping out of the tube station when i first arrived. I think it must actually be a really hi-tech portable toilet, and was very excited indeed! It made me wonder about giving Bog Standard Gallery some wheels and attaching is to the back of the caravan!…

I was even more excited to spot this portable toilet (it even seems to be the same model and as mine!) from the top of the London Eye!! (It’s just under the second train carriage from the left)…

And to see this spotty building was just the icing on the cake! 🙂

Now that i am back from London i will be working full time for the Manchester International Festival. Having been doing a few hours a week there in the past couple of months, i think the work will begin to become quite exciting now that the festival has actually begun.

This evening i went down to the BBC studios on Oxford Road to do an interview about what i am doing now that i have my first, woo!

The most exciting part of the trip there was either using a yellow microphone or getting photographs of the toilet signs! Actually the novelty of getting the photographs wore off quite quickly as they were extremely boring signs so i think the yellow microphone is the winner!

I think had i been in the building any longer, i would have replaced the toilet signs and put dots on the microphone… 😛

Something else that interested me today was this article about the portable toilets at Glastonbury…

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/6236306.stm

I do symathise with these people, as i know exactly what it’s like to have to do that to one toilet in the comfort of an art studio, and it’s not pretty!

I don’t know if portable toilets are topical at the moment, especially with Bansky’s latest installation, or whether i just can’t help but notice them now.

I got far too excited when i saw this in Hampstead Heath a couple of weeks ago (look at the number plate!)…

My younger brother Jonathan is always involved in my work – whether he offers advice, gives his opinions or just helps to create a mess!

I have to say i think he was the best dressed visitor to my exhibition…

I started my day by walking out of my driveway only to get run over by a 7 year old girl on a bike!…At worst she was in trouble from her parents for not looking where she was going, and my feet were a little sore, although i was more gutted that the sequins got torn of my flip-flops!

Luckily my day got much better…

After having a press photographer in the caravan, he proceeded to photograph me open the envelopes with my results…i was absolutely terrified about how my reaction might come out in the photographs, but luckily my results were what i had hoped for so all was fine!

I was ecstatic to discover i had a first – something that i never could imagine happening when i was scubbing excrement off the toilet walls! I don’t think the results have quite sunk in, and i think when they do i will be quite upset because it makes finishing my degree seem very final 😦

Yesterday i noticed there was an article about my work including a photograph on the front of the university magazine. I believe there is an article about my caravan in the South Manchester Reporter today, but i have yet to see it and tomorrow there will be a story in the Manchester Evening News…