My design for the Bristol Old Vic went through several changes before it got to the final design you can now see in the theatre. Above is the initial design, inspired by Peter Blake’s cover for Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, which I submitted and that got chosen by the panel.
This is my second main design. After lots of research to find enough appropriate images, I then spent a long time arranging the figures so that I felt they all told a story in relation to each other, as well as creating a visually pleasing along the walls.
It was then decided to extend the design to have it on the three walls, rather than just two, and to incorporate the red that had been used in other areas of the foyer. This gave me an opportunity to include more of the text based posters. Below is the final design, but as the figures and speech were collaged onto the walls, it meant I still had some leeway to play with final placements as I installed the work.
I am extremely happy with my final three walls. I like the way you catch glimpses of the design from the foyer and café, and how it changes with the different light of the day. I am especially pleased with my chatty, misbehaving audience up in the gallery. It has been lovely to watch people exploring the piece, and laughing as they spot details in the playbills, or read one of the quotes.
Turns out 130cm wide pieces of wall paper are really heavy and hard to manoeuvre! Thank heavens for Printer Pete and his wonderful wall papering skills.
After all red, adding the figures was a joy! I have been looking at them in small scale on a computer screen for so long that it was just lovely to see them printed large. It felt like saying ‘hello’ to old friends as I was cutting them all out. I am so happy that they all worked together as I had hoped – the different visual languages bounce off each other beautifully, I am a happy bunny.
Miles and miles of lettering…
There are 19 Capability Brown inspired features on my Capability Brown cow (now officially named ClareMoo). She is summering at Claremont Landscape Garden if you want to see if you can spot them all.
Thank you to Ecclesiastical Insurance for creating this lovely handout
Claremoo feature guide, Ecclesiatical Insurance, Robins Row, and Surrey Hills Cow Parade
My Capability Brown cow went to Blenheim Palace for a 3 day visit!
I was so excited to have my work in such an incredible place that I even survived a photo shoot!
Thank you so much to Ecclesiastical Insurance and Robins Row for sponsoring my cow, and to Thousand Word media for making the photo shoot relatively painless.
She is now on her way to Claremont Landscape Garden for a bit of summer grazing.
Capability Brown cow at Blenheim Palace
Ecclesiastical Insurance have asked me to paint a cow for the Surrey Hills Cow Parade this summer. She is inspired by the landscape gardens of Capability Brown – a fabulous excuse to read lots of gardening books! Much green paint later she is nearly finished…
‘Capability’ Brown cow in progress
The giant map of the Oceans that I designed alongside a group of year 9 students has been installed at The Ridings Federation Winterbourne Academy. Hopefully an Ocean of calm in the school day.
More photos of this public art project to follow…