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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…

Today was another long day! Mid morning i took a short break from the caravan and went and spoke to the 2nd years about dissertations. After this i went on a bus tour of what seemed like the whole of Manchester to get some more yellow paint. Each time i go to Homebase to get some paint mixed i get told that the machine isn’t working and they are waiting for it to be repaired – this has happened every single time i have been there in the past year! It’s not like i go there too often but i can’t be that unlucky surely?? I think they just can’t be bothered to make paint up for people because even in B & Q the people that mix the paint up always seem to be in a mood over having to do it! I don’t know why because it looks like loads of fun!

So after finally getting some more paint i completed a second coat over everything i had done yesterday with the help of Leanne 🙂 One of the maintenance staff at university was concerned about the amount of clothes that i seem to be ruining with yellow paint so she gave me an XXL overall so hopefully all my clothes will be quite safe from now on!

The painting session was finished of nicely with a trip to McDonalds before i went to do a couple of hours work for the Manchester International Festival.

Providing the weather is fine tomorrow, i will do coat three with another of my lovely assistants!

My plan for the portable toilet is to convert the inside into a traditional gallery space. I will call this ‘Bog Standard Gallery’. With white walls, a wooden floor and little spot lights, i will use this space to exhibit my toilet sign photographs.
This plan therefore involved the removal of the actual toilet (shown in the photograph to the right) which revealed a whole load of surprises! Needing somewhere to tip this stinking toilet bowl i put an advert for it on Freecycle.
I was extremely suprised when two days later a man came to collect the toilet bowl – and was ecstatic at the prospect of turning it into a pond! Hmmm.

With the toilet out, there was more cleaning to do…there were quite a few slugs and spiders in there but they really were the least of my worries! I have never felt as dirty as i did once i had finished!

After taking lots of measurements of the walls i went off to B & Q to buy some wood to panel these off and get some wood to fill the hole in the floor.

After deciding i would like to house my collection of toilet sign photographs inside a portable toilet the search to find one was on. This was proving more difficult than i thought, and only made me more and more determined to get my hands on one of those blue phone box style portable toilets  you see on the side of the motorway.

A trip to Elliott Loo Hire in Eccles turned out to be a dream come true when i arrived at a site full of rows and rows of portable toilets in every colour you can imagine! It was here that i bargained for and bought a toilet that was very excitingly delivered to my studios about a week later.

Portaloo Heavenertrte

After three men struggled with it up the stairs to the studio i opened the door of the portable toilet to find the toilet completely intact and full of water and chemicals ready to be used!

I guess with all the excitement surrounding my purchase, it hadn’t once crossed my mind that this portable toilet had once been full of poo and that the smell would be absolutely revolting! So i settled myself with a bucket, mop and plenty of bleach and spent a full morning scrubbing it until it smelt of citrus fruits!