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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!

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… ๐Ÿ˜›

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!)…

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 withย 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 ๐Ÿ˜›

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 ๐Ÿ™‚ 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 ๐Ÿ˜›