Feedback wanted…

12 01 2011

We’re really pleased to say that the artwork is remaining  up in the windows of 18 New Street  until the end of Jan 2011 now. We’re hoping it will then move to a new home in Lancaster, to brighten up another shop window elsewhere!

If you’ve seen the work in Lancaster or been have following  the project online it would be great to hear your thoughts. You can post in response to this, or alternatively go to:

http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/8CXMDV3

Tell us what you think and we’ll send the first twenty people to reply a free copy of the As It Comes project publication that Alice has created.

Looking forward to hearing your thoughts,

Lucy





Sketch and Stories at the Vintage festival

30 11 2010

This Saturday we’ll be hosting a stall at the Vintage and Handmade Market at Storey Gallery in Lancaster from 11am until 6pm. Instead of a financial exchange for one of my drawings (and a brew and piece of cake) I’ll be asking for your memories about independent shops in the city. So bring me a memory and I’ll provide a drawing and some tasty  refreshments.

Also 1pm I’ll also be doing an informal talk about the work and weather permitting we will walk down to see it and talk about Lancaster’s independent traders.

We will also have copies of the project publication and storycubes and some of the large scale drawings made for the project will be for sale.

Directions are here.

Hope to see you there.





As It Comes, publication

30 11 2010

Very excited to see the project publication just back from the printers, we will have copies at our story and sketch exchange stall the Vintage and Handmade Festive Market at Storey Gallery this weekend. The publication is a record of the project and will soon also be available as a download. Let us know if you’d like a printed copy. It was created and printed using bookleteer.com





Storycubes

30 11 2010

A set of four cubes of drawings and quotes from traders that have been created using bookleteer.com and distributed around Lancaster to find and collect.





A few Brews with the Marsh History Group

28 11 2010

During the project Ive been lucky to meet with and work with the Marsh History Group of local people who meet to remember and record the history of Lancaster and have been involved in books, publications and adding to archives.  I joined them a few times for a chat, a brew, many laughs and a revealing walk around Lancaster  on a very rainy day. We talked about the independent shops, food, saving for christmas, making a little food go a long way, a ‘bone for the dog’, how much more food waste there is with packaged food today and other aspects of local shops everyday life.

In the old shops life was a far far different pace, life was a different pattern.

You could go in and you could smell what kind of shop you were in, with your eyes closed you could tell what kind of shop it was, the cobblers, the grocers, the coffee shop.

When there were more independent shops you went in and you picked what you wanted, and how much you wanted, not all in packs that have to be sold within a certain length of time. And there was more variety, you could pick and choose shops as well.

In those days they spent a lot of their income on food, today they spend less on food and more on other things.

You used to get food on tick…in town it was quite high class and they didn’t give you food on tick in town..





As It Comes Events

5 11 2010

Next week on Wednesday 10th I’ll be hanging large scale works on cloth in the windows of 18 New Street, you’ll be able to see it after 5pm and thereafter till mid/late December.  I’m having a series of works on paper and the drawings of traders at work printed on to cotton poplin which will then be embroidered with cotton before hanging. If you are in Lancaster and want to come to the informal reception in a local pub on the 10th please get in touch with me at alice(at)proboscis.org.uk or call Lucy Green at Mid Penine Arts on 01282 421986

On the 4th December I’ll be leading an informal walk around of parts of Lancaster talking about the issues of local trade, some of Lancaster’s retail history,  the future of high streets and viewing my work – you can reserve a place with Lucy at the number above.





Tools of The Trade

5 11 2010

In all of the shops, market stalls and workshops I notice the tools people use – from computers and tills to specialist handtools. There are some tools that almost everyone has a version of like scissors and sellotape or computers and tills and others that are highly specific. But when you ask traders what the tools of their trade are its not really the physical things that matter its the knowledge, the skills and the ability to talk to customers.  All throughout Ive been making drawings of people at work and in conversation to try and understand more about peoples knowledge and how they use it and pass it on to other generations.

Alice