D.I.Y Wallpapering

Onto the next mission today! I posted in an earlier blog post my future plan of action;  “I feel my next step after the table might be to try and create a similar set up like last year. Create the piece- take photos, then cover again in magnolia. BUT have the image of BEFORE next to space.” So today I began the process of building a new set up or “setting” as I have started calling them (Lee Kit, an artist from the Venice Biennale, describes his installations this way.)

So my first ever attempt at wallpapering today, without my Grandma Jean, who after today’s experience I have to say is the master of wallpapering! It wasn’t bad for a first attempt- but it you could tell I was pretty amateur. There was a fair few bumps, which all came from me struggling with the pattern matching up! However on the whole I’m pretty impressed with it and had fun doing it! Was pleased to finally get wallpapering in the studio. Might have to do more in the future. Get some more practice!

I’m excited to get creating set-ups/settings now! I’ve got the backdrop, now I just need to add the objects. I’ve thought about one setting, a hallway with coats, a table and lamp combo, plus a couple of pictures/photos maybe? Then takes photographs of the setting. Keep these photos then go over the whole set up in a thick layer of magnolia paint. There is a possibility of filming the process of me painting over the setting. I want to show the magnolia piece alongside the original photograph or film. If the magnolia paint isn’t so successful I might want to try stripping back the scene, taking away the majority of the objects leaving the holes in the walls of photo frames and scrapping away the wallpaper? See how that looks compared to the magnolia piece.

Close Cottage

I’m going to have to jump ahead a few blog posts because I can’t wait to write about last night’s adventures up on the hills of Ullswater. Me and few friends decided to take a trek up a fell just behind the village of Glenriding in the late hours of last night. Walking up there in the darkness, but for the little light coming from the torch on my iPhone, was needless to say pretty scary! On the way back down, as promised by the friend who’d done the walk before, was an abandoned cottage named Close Cottage. It literally looked like we’d just walked into our very own horror film and we hadn’t even gone inside yet! The house was perfectly creepy. A small symmetrical house, the door in the middle, four windows either side and one above. In the darkness, I was certain that from behind those curtains someone was going to peer their little ghostly eyes from behind them. We were fulfilling all the stupid character roles you see in films, you know when you shout at the screen asking why on earth would they go inside there?! But it was so intriguing! Especially to me, my inner art was ready to go inside and explore the abandonment.

Entering through the front door with a little force we all bustled in scarily awaiting the fate of the house. I was so excited though! It was amazing; looked like I’d just walked into a Rachel Whiteread piece, especially with the fireplace. It was just so eerie! We walked around screaming and jumping at any new sight. We even managed to muster up the courage to go upstairs. The windows looked so creepy and it felt as though something or someone was going to touch me at any point!

It was a crazy experience! Really got me thinking whilst I was in there though; Why was I so scared? Someone had once lived there; people had had memories, memorable moments there surely? Without people, without furniture, without light it became an empty shell- a really creepy one at that! A big pile of post was scattered at the door, I rummaged around to try and find a name, a previous occupant. I found a name of Geoff Taylor, Mr and Mrs Taylor. Where had they gone though? Why had they left? How long has the house been empty? Whilst trespassing in the house, it felt scary; it didn’t possess any qualities of home. It just provided a shell of shelter.