Archives for category: Yellow Caravan

After another successful exhibition in Manchester (I won an award for originality πŸ™‚ ), it was time to say goodbye to my little yellow caravan.

As heartbreaking as it was to let her go, storage and logistics had proved to be quite a nightmare. Especially since being in London where finding a little green field to store her was an impossible task!

I had previously been storing the caravan on a farm in between exhibitions, but the thought about doing this indefinately worried me about the condition she would get into. I would rather see her go to a nice home now, than keep her a little while longer but then have to send her to a scrap heap at some point down the line!

So, after lots of thought, deliberation and changing my mind most days, i decided that now it’s the start of the summer, i would like her to go to a loving home with lots of children so that they can be getting pleasure and use out of it. (I was still undecided with 3 minutes to go on the ebay auction so got my boyfriend to bid…satisfied that he was the highest bidder and that i got to keep the caravan, i left the room…only to come back to my computer and see that he had been outbid in the last 3 minutes!) Gutted!

So off she goes to meet her new and adoring family in Yorkshire…

My little yellow caravan appears once again after having been in hibernation for the winter.

Panic set in on her arrival at the exhibition after realising the keys seemed to have gone for a wander and there was no means of entry. Weirdly my mum had found a mouldy key in our house the day before and surely enough it opened the door instantly!

After this exhibition the caravan will hopefully be sold. It will be quite a sad moment for me, as after painting it over a period of a year with 24 litres of yellow paint and 40 000 polka dots, and i am very much attached to it!

However, every time i look down at my clothes i always see a little blob of yellow paint that just somehow managed to get onto everything i own so the caravan won’t seem too far away!

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After having received a toilet sign birthday cake last year, i was half expecting something yellow for my birthday cake this year…

However i was totally amazed when i saw my cake – my Mum and Step-Dad made it – a 3D yellow and dotty caravan, even with a picture of me in the window!!! πŸ˜›

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! πŸ™‚

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.

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…

When i arrived this morning to open up the caravan, i had a little visitor dressed in yellow waiting to go inside…

Had she have stayed there any longer it would have been too tempting not to have put a little dot on her wing πŸ˜›

Pity she didn’t manage to sign the visitors book!

After having spent over 1 year working on the caravan since it’s purchase a year last April, the feeling of having painted the last dot was quite sad!

After using 34 litres of yellow paint and painting 40 000 dots over the caravan, it’s contents, and pretty much most items of my clothing, along with most things in my room, other people’s clothing, my flat, my flatmate’s car, my dad’s car and my phone (just to name a few!) i feel i am having withdrawal symptoms from my daily dotting and yellowing of everything that i touch! I am such a loser that i cannot bring myself to throw away the remains of the paints i used, because i think complete closure on the project feels quite severe just now, seeing as it has been a major part of my life for so long!!

The opening of the degree show was on Friday, and was extremely exciting. During the long days that i spent painting so many things i didn’t think the day would ever come when it would finally be finished. I think the part i hated most was trying to rid my skin of the yellow colour it had become quite permanently in the last few weeks. Even today i still have the odd bit of yellow in my hair.

The exhibition continues until the 24th June and is at the All Saints Campus of Manchester Metropolitan University.

The last week or so in the caravan was in fact quite a nightmare! It was one of those occasions when you know there are just lots of little things than need finishing off, but that ends up taking so much longer than you anticipated. I was in a real panic thinking i would not get it finished in time. Especially with the turn in the weather, i wasn’t able to get the roof painted until the last second. I was also getting frustrated withΒ the inability of some people to paint round dots so sadly had to lay them off!

I am now extremely pleased to say that after using about 40 litres of yellow paint and painting about 40 000 dots on the caravan and the items in it it is pretty much complete – well i did promise that i had finally finished painting things yellow – but my flatmate walked in on me very late one night painting something new πŸ˜›

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 πŸ™‚ 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!

This morning was an early start – with 10 days until all the work for my degree show needs to be complete, there is lots to do!

On Friday my caravan arrived at university, and looked very happy in it’s new home (along with a random cat that has now decided to live under the caravan when i’m not looking). Most of the contents have been painted, i just need to finish the interior and paint the outside.

My plan for today was to complete the inside, but by midday i had decided to take advantage of the good weather and paint the outside. My progress was a lot quicker than i anticipated and even though i was stupidly using a smallish brush i managed to get a complete first coat on the caravan by 6.30.

The main problem i encountered today was that the caravan ended up covered in flies that sadly passed away by drowning in the wet paint. Hmmm, maybe for the next coat i will make a sign to warn them to keep away. Not a lot i can do to get rid of them now – i will just have to use them as markers for where i will put the dots πŸ˜›