Whitworth and Hospital Earring collection events
Two successful events for Lone Earrings finding a new home within the Chandelier.
Firstly, many bloggers write or excuse themselves for not keeping up to date, so ho hum it’s been a while, other life moments have taken over/distracted me, and the blog has fallen off the end of the ‘to do list’.
In thinking about these moments, I realise for me they are the glue of life that keeps me going and usually retrospectively funny.
One of my excuses/life moments;
After a Yo-yoing day, of backwards and forwards to the studio, as teenage son poorly and off school, I have timed to the minute the amount of time needed to cook a quick dinner (that means pizza), and walk my other child to his club, so I fitted in a quick chat with a friend down the road, with children the same age. Leaving on time, I had not anticipated the two youngest within the blink of an eye launching their school shoes onto the porch roof! Why? No time for irritation, or crossness, ladder found, (still in the bedroom, awaiting decoration) balanced on wobbly ground, doesn’t reach arrgg…. fishing net stick (also not reached shed after summer holidays) just the tool for catching wayward shoes. Me, a slightly hassled mum gets back to dinner and schedule, and re-tells story later, laughing!
Lauren and I try to base art works on the familiar stuff that we and hopefully people can relate to. I realised it is this familiarity that draws people to the chandelier, earrings often hold memories, small moments of life, personal history, funny, sad that are shared familiar experiences, people keep telling us, what a fab idea, with a sort of quizzical surprised but smiley face, that seems to say this is an obvious thing to do with lonely earrings.
Two Events we arranged, so people could come donate earrings and chat to us.
The Whitworth Art Gallery Manchester
Two days, four hours, where we sat in the middle of a light airy gallery of Hockney paintings, with a screened slide show of the Summer Glass house and related images, while making earrings from donated beads and broken earrings. We invited people to join us, and interested gallery visitors sat and joined us, asked questions, discussed engagement in art, and made earrings. Also a School group showed interest, and we chatted to the pupils and teachers, possibly might visit their school. A very enjoyable couple of days, good coffee shop to!
St Marys Hospital, Main Atrium, next to the courtyard where the project all started.
Two days, four hours, large blue display board, hand painted banner, images, and lots and lots of already received earrings displayed. Lonely earrings coming in to be part of chandelier with their stories from staff. Thank you
The Dentistry Hospital sent us a bag of earrings (delivered by Stephen the porter, thank you Stephen), which included some lost property; bona fide lost earrings!
As Lauren has posted on the http://www.facebook.com/TheChandelierOfLostEarrings FB page “So….we’ve been to the Whitworth and St Mary’s, and have again been surprised and heartened by peoples warmth towards the Chandelier project.”
See FB and side for lovely pictures of donated earrings, photographs by Lauren